This Week in Giants Baseball History,October 18-24

The season was/is not over for some of these once-Giants.

October 18
Bigger than Kirt Manwaring: Still playing at the time of this writing, former Giants catcher and current Boston Red Sox backup backstop Doug Mirabelli was born on this date in 1970, in that city from a tune, Kingman, AZ.

October 19
But Danny Darwin Looked So Good at the Time: Yes, obtaining Wilson Alvarez, Roberto Hernandez, and "Double D" Danny Darwin was a trading deadline coup for the Giants in 1997. But the Giants gave up five minor league prospects in the deal, and one of them, Keith Foulke, turned out to be a dandy (the Giants probably could have used him this year, no?). He turns 32 today.

October 20
It's Dandy to be 67 and Dominican: One of the franchises all-time best pitchers, Juan Marichal, was born today in Laguna Verde, Dominican Republic, in 1937.

October 21
Valmy: A Giant for the last season in New York and the first season in San Francisco, former catcher Valmy Thomas was born on this date in 1928, in Santurce, Puerto Rico. After the inaugural 1958 season in San Francisco, Thomas and Ruben Gomez were traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jack Sanford, who helped the Giants win the pennant four years later.

October 22
Hmm: Believe it or not, there's not a single player born on this date with any association with the Giants franchise. So… happy birthday to Ichiro Suzuki, born 31 years ago on this day in Kagusai, Japan! Wanna play right field in San Francisco?

October 23
32nd Round, Baby: Born on this date in 1949, Greg Thayer was drafted in the late rounds by the Giants, but never made it to the big dance with them. He pitched 20 innings for the Minnesota Twins in 1978.

October 24
Former Hydrant: Utilityman F. P. Santangelo was born on this date in 1967, in Livonia, MI. He played CF, LF, 2B, RF, 3B, and SS for the Giants in 1999.

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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