This Week in Giants Baseball History, Nov. 15-21

Where would this column be in the offseason if not for birthdays, awards, and trades?

November 15
Have to Call Him Dally, Since We Already Have a Mohr: Little-used reserve infielder Brian Dallimore was born on this date back in 1973, in Las Vegas. His collected his first three career hits (including an out-of-the-glove grand slam) in a 12-9 thriller over the Florida Marlins this past April 30.

November 16
The Controversial Election: On this date in 2000, former Giants second baseman Jeff Kent edged teammate Barry Bonds for the National League MVP award. No word on the accuracy of votes submitted in Florida.

November 17
McRookie of the Year: Willie McCovey was named the 1959 National League Rookie of the Year in a unanimous vote 45 years ago on this date. He was the second consecutive Giant to receive the award unanimously, joining Orlando Cepeda who won it the previous season.

November 18
Was a Bit More Exciting than Signing Omar Vizquel: On this date in 1997, the Giants obtained Robb Nen from the Florida Marlins in exchange for pitchers Joe Fontenot, Mike Villano, and Mick Pageler (who? Exactly). Missed you last season, Robbie.

November 19
Future Closer for a Future Batting Champ: On this date in 2000, the Giants traded for Tim Worrell in exchange for fan favorite Bill Mueller. That's okay; we still have Edgardo Alfonzo!

November 20
McMVP: Willie McCovey was announced as the 1969 National League MVP on this day 35 years ago, narrowly edging Tom Seaver.

November 21
If You Can't Beat Him, Make Him Join Your Team: Giant killer Mark Portugal was signed by San Francisco as a free agent on this date in 1993. That changeup of his was just killer.

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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