This Week in Giants Baseball History, Sept 13-19

Birthdays & a couple of Giants-Dodgers games to remember

September 13

Ouch, Tito!: Not sure what Giants 2B Tito Fuentes ever did to Padres pitcher Mike Corkins, but on this date in 1973 in San Diego, Corkins hit Fuentes with a pitch on three straight at bats, tying a franchise record for HBPs. A presumably bruised Fuentes and his teammates got the last laugh, however, as the Giants won the ballgame 8-6.

September 14

The Brenly Game: Who can forget this one – playing third base in the fourth inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves on this date in 1986, Bob Brenly committed four errors that led to four unearned runs, tying a major league record for errors in an inning. To make up with his teammates and fans, Brenly tied the game in the seventh with a 2-run single, then hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth for a 7-6 Giants victory.

September 15

Gaylord Pride Day: Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry was born on this date in 1938. Perry was a Giant for the first ten seasons of a 22-year career, and led the NL in wins as a Giant with 23 in 1970.

September 16

: Willie McCovey hit a 500-ft home run (rumored to be the longest ever at Candlestick), and the Giants and Mets tied a major league record by sending eight pinch hitters to the plate in the ninth inning (three by the Giants, five by the Mets) in a 5-4 Mets victory on this date in 1966.

September 17

The Bull Was Really a Baby Today: Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was born on this date in 1937, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The NL Rookie of the Year in 1958, Cha Cha was a Giant for his first nine major league seasons, and led the NL with 46 home runs and 142 RBIs in 1961 (finishing second to Frank Robinson in the MVP voting that year).

September 18

The Brian Johnson Game: At a game attended by Yours Truly, the Giants won a wild 6-5 game against the Dodgers in 12 innings on this date in 1997. Rod Beck escaped a bases loaded jam in the tenth, and Brian Johnson ended it with a low line drive homerun that eluded the stiff Candlestick wind in the twelfth.

September 19

A Grand Dodger Defeat: On this date in 1998, the Giants throttled the Dodgers 18-4 at Candlestick. Bill Mueller and Jeff Kent both hit grand slams in the third and fourth innings, respectively – only the second time in franchise history that two Giants have hit one in the same game. Amazingly, Paul Lo Duca went 0-for-3 in the game.

Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black. Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the '02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn't finish his meal afterwards. Feel free to write him at to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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