This Week in Giants Baseball History, November 1-7

Going through hockey withdrawal yet? Me neither. Giants baseball, on the other hand...

November 1
The Heinie that Was: Born on this date back in 1891, in Orleans, VT, Henry Alexander ("Heinie") Stafford played in a grand total of one game for the Giants, registering one at bat for New York in October 5, 1916.

November 2 [A public service announcement from your friends at GO OUT AND VOTE!!!]
Benighted: A Giant for all of two months, Sir Sidney Ponson was born on this date in 1976, in Noord, Aruba.

November 3
Back when Players Were as Big as I Am: 5'9" 155lb Spider Jorgensen was born on this date in 1919, in Folsom (no, not the prison), CA. After beginning his career in Brooklyn, Spidey finished it in a Giants uniform, retiring in 1951.

November 4
Free Willie: On this date in 1976, the first mass-market free agent reentry draft was held in New York. Willie McCovey was available but not selected by any team. Stretch attended Giants spring training the following year and made the team.

November 5
Robbed (or Pendletoned): Runner-up Barry Bonds was denied the MVP award on this date in 1991 by Atlanta Braves third baseman Terry Pendleton. Pendleton also claimed the Comeback Player of the Year award.

November 6
End of the SF Lizard: Two years ago on this date, the Giants officially announced that manager Dusty Baker would not return to the San Francisco dugout in 2003.

November 7
Baby Red Bull: Former Giant Orlando Cepeda won the first unanimous NL MVP award as a St. Louis Cardinal on this date in 1967.

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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