This Week in Giants Baseball History, Sept 20 - 26

Let's make history THIS year, Giants!

September 20

Seal You Later: In their last home game of the 1959 season, the Giants lost 8-2 to Dodgers. This game also closed the Giants chapter of Seals Stadium history, as the newly constructed Candlestick Park awaited the team the following season.

September 21

A Christiansen Is Born: Current Giants reliever Jason Christiansen celebrates his 35th birthday today. Cheers!

September 22

50 again for Mays: In a 7-5 victory over the Reds on this date in 1965, Willie Mays hit his 50th home run of the season. At the time, he became only the second NL player to have multiple seasons with at least 50 home runs, joining Ralph Kiner.

September 23

Do It for Sal: On Sal Maglie Day back on this date in 1951, Maglie beat the Braves 4-1, winning his 22nd game of the season. The 22 wins are the most by a Giant since Carl Hubbell in 1937.

September 24

The Anti-Bonds (Well, Sort Of): On this date in 1961 at Cincinnati, Orlando Cepeda hit his 45th home run of the season in a 12-5 victory. Cha Cha would hit one more before the season was over, and would become the first NL player with more than 40 homers and less than 40 walks (39) in a season.

September 25

Walk to the Pennant Day: On this date in 1996, Barry Bonds set an NL record with 149 walks in a season (a feat he would have no trouble breaking several times over), and the Dodgers beat the Giants 7-5 to clinch at least a tie of the NL West pennant.

September 26

Batting Champ Mays: With three hits in the 1954 season finale in a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, Mays goes from third to first in batting average, finishing with a mark of .345.

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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