Chili Dog - A San Francisco Treat: Charles Theodore Davis, better known to baseball as Chili Davis, was born on this date back in 1960, in Kingston, Jamaica. Nicknamed after a bad haircut experience, Chili spent his first seven years in the majors in orange and black, and would play twelve more seasons with four other ballclubs before retiring in 1999.
Designated Bull: The Boston Red Sox signed former Giant Orlando Cepeda on this date in 1973. The Baby Bull became the first player to be signed on specifically as a designated hitter.
Hey Juden: Briefly a Giant, former pitcher Jeff Juden was born on this date back in 1971, in Salem, MA. Acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies for Mike Benjamin, Juden won four games in relief for San Francisco before being released in 1996.
Little Marvin: Owner of one of the most unfortunate contracts in Giants history, former Giants outfielder Marvin Benard was born on this date back in 1970, in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Benard made $4.2 million in both 2002 and 2003, and played a total of 111 games with one home run during this span.
Grab Some Birthday Candles, Meat: Duane Kuipers booth mate was born on this date back in 1952, in Long Beach, CA. Sure, Mike Krukow is known these days for his entertaining and insightful Giants broadcasting, but he was a hell of a pitcher in a 14-year career before getting behind the mike. Happy 53rd, Kruk!
Iron Mike: Former pitcher Mike Caldwell was born on this date back in 1949, in Tarboro, NC. Acquired by the Giants from the Padres in exchange for Willie McCovey in 1973, Mike made a great first impression by winning 14 games in his first season in orange and black. However, arm trouble led to two successive disappointing seasons, and he was traded away after the 1976 season.
What Were the Other 23 Voters Thinking???: Willie Mays received 409 of 432 possible votes for election into the Baseball Hall of Fame on this date in 1979.
This Week in Giants Baseball History, Jan. 17-23