This Week in Giants Baseball History, Dec. 20 - 26

Ho ho ho ho ho ho Beltran ho ho ho ho ho ho.

December 20
The Giants Get Hornsby!: Arguably the greatest right-handed hitter ever, Rogers Hornsby was acquired by the Giants from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring on this date in 1926. "Rajah," however was mostly unhappy in a Giants uniform, and lasted only one season in orange and black.

December 21
Hendu Crosses the Bay: Continuing with one-season wonders, Dave Henderson walked (not literally) as a free agent from San Francisco to Oakland on this date in 1987.

December 22
Burky for One Good and One Bad: On this date in 1994, the Giants traded away John Burkett to the Texas Rangers in exchange for two infielders. Desi Wilson didn't amount to much, but that Rich Aurilia guy was a keeper, no?

December 23
Seems Kind of Wrong These Days to Call Him ED: The Giants signed free agent Eric "the Red" Davis on this date in 2000.

December 24
Then One Foggy Christmas Eve - A Lawsuit!: The New York Giants sued their treasurer, Francis McQuade, for seeking to "wreck and destroy" the club on Christmas Eve back in 1929. Try taking that home to your wife!

December 25
The Giants Sign Carlos Beltran: Wait, that was a dream?! A warm SFDugout season's greetings to everyone!

December 26
We Have a Carlos (Not Merkin) Valdez Sighting: Little-used pitcher Carlos Valdez was born on this date in 1971, in Bani, Dominican Republic (the same home town as Miguel Tejada). He made eleven appearances for San Francisco in 1995, then was sold to the Boston Red Sox in 1997.

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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