This Week in Giants Baseball History, October 4-10

A few notable late-inning meltdowns aside, it was a great season for the Giants in 2004. But it was an even better season or game for the Giants below.

October 4
Stealing from Dads: In a 6-4 victory over the San Diego at Candlestick on this date in 1972, the Giants swiped five bases from unsuspecting Padres. Tito Fuentes and Bobby Bonds stole two apiece, and current Oakland A's bench coach Chris Speier contributed with one bag. The five steals in a game is one shy of the club record of six, set in 1984 and matched in 1987.

October 5
#s 71 & 72: In the longest 9-inning game in Major League history (4 hours, 27 minutes), Barry Bonds broke Mark McGwire's single-season home run record in a 11-10 loss to Los Angeles on this date in 2001 at Pac Bell, proving once again that the Dodgers are forever party poopers.

October 6
Still Kicking: In Game 3 the 1951 World Series, the Giants defeated the Yankees 6-2 at the Polo Grounds to take a 2-1 series advantage. The Giants scored five times in the fifth inning, thanks in large to a fortunate kick of the glove of Phil Rizzuto by Eddie Stanky. The kick knocked the ball out of Rizzuto's glove and allowed the inning to continue.

October 7
The Trade That Wasn't There: So on this date in 1985, the Giants traded away Dave LaPoint, Matt Nokes, and Eric King. In return they received Juan Berenguer, Bob Melvin, and a player to be named later. So there.

October 8
Haller + Hiller = Holla!: At Yankee Stadium on this date in 1962, Tom Haller and Chuck Hiller drove in all seven Giants runs in a 7-3 victory over the New York in Game 4 of the World Series.

October 9
The Giants Win the Pennant (No, Not That Time): With a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Candlestick, the Giants won the National League pennant for the first time since 1962. Will Clark drove in two of those runs by going 3-for-4, and hit .650 for the series.

October 10
The Birth of Our (Season's) Savior: Who would have thought a soft-tossing Ventura kid born 24 years ago today would pitch some huge games for the Giants and go undefeated this year? Happy birthday, Noah Lowry!!!

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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