This Week in Giants Baseball History,Nov. 29-Dec 5

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November 29
Suddenly Not So Gay: On this date in 1971, the Giants shipped Gaylord Perry and Frank Duffy to the Indians for "Sudden" Sam McDowell. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time – McDowell had been an All-Star from 1965 through 1971, and was a strikeout machine; however, alcoholism sadly got the better of him, and the lanky lefty lasted only two seasons in San Francisco. Perry, of course, continued to flash more brilliance for the better part of twelve seasons after the trade, spitball or otherwise.

November 30
The Giants Get Mr. Perfect (Even if He Was a Former Dodger): He of the 1956 World Series perfect game fame, Don Larsen was acquired by the Giants with Billy Pierce from the White Sox in exchange for Eddie Fisher, Dom Zanni, Verle Tielfanthaler, and Bob Farley (I didn't make up those two middle names) on this date in 1961. The two men would help the Giants win the pennant the following season.

December 1
Woody!: Perhaps the ultimate gamer, Kirk "Woody" Rueter was born on this date in 1970, in Hoyleton, IL. Happy 34th!

December 2
Hall of Famer Replaces a Hall of Famer: On this date in 1941, Mel Ott was named player-manager of the New York Giants, replacing Bill Terry, who became general manager.

December 3
Sanford (No Son): In what the Phillies Carpenter ownership called the worst trade they ever made, Philadelphia traded Jack Sanford to the Giants in exchange for Ruben Gomez and Valmy Thomas on this date in 1958. Sanford would go on to win 16 consecutive games in a banner 1962 season, in which he went 24-7 and led the Giants to the NL pennant.

December 4
Rags Comes Home: Current Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti signed with the Giants on this date in 1990.

December 5
Ott Trots to the Bay (the Other Side): Legendary former Giant Mel Ott became the manager of the Pacific Coast League's Oakland Oaks on this date in 1950.



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 dongsoo411@yahoo.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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