This Week in Giants Baseball History,October 25-31

Some good memories, some not so good.

October 25
The Willie Is (Temporarily) Gone: 31 years ago on this date, the Giants traded away Willie McCovey to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell. Stretch would eventually re-don the orange and black four years later, and would play four more seasons in San Francisco before retiring as a Giant in 1980.

October 26
The Darkest, Darkest Day: 2002 World Series. Game 6. Five run lead. Need I continue?

October 27
Father Time's Swift Kick in the…: Known for his stellar 1993 season and a penchant for living up to his name by pitching games in fast fashion, sinkerballer Bill Swift turns 43 today. Cheers!

October 28
Well, at Least Half of Us Were Happy: 1989 World Series. Game 4. Need I say more?

October 29
Freddy in, Lefty out: On this date in 1928, the Giants sent PCL great Lefty O'Doul to the Phils for Freddy Leach. Brian Sabean had nothing to do with this trade.

October 30
Count ROY: John Montefusco edged Expos catcher Gary Carter for the NL Rookie of the Year award on this date in 1975.

October 31
This Trick is a Cy Young Treat: Mike McCormick convincingly won the NL Cy Young award on this date in 1967, receiving all but two first place votes.

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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