This Week in Giants Baseball History,February 7-13

Only a few weeks left until I can start writing about REAL memories again!

February 7
The Quiz Is 52 Today: Submarine pitcher Dan Quisenberry was born on this date back in 1953, in Santa Monica, CA. Quiz enjoyed a stellar career with the Kansas City Royals, and spent his final season as a Giant in 1990.

February 8
Street Polo: Way back on this date in 1889, construction of a new street forced the dismantling of the fences at the Polo Grounds. This still doesn't explain why center field was a mile long.

February 9
Little Joe the Giant: Before hosting Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN with Jon Miller and after his run with the Big Red Machine, Joe Morgan signed on for a year with the Giants on this date in 1981. He ended up playing two seasons in orange and black, and among his Giant feats was one particularly memorable home run against LA.

February 10
Package Deal: In the blockbuster trade that went down on this date in 2000, Ken Griffey Jr. was dealt from the Seattle Mariners to the Cincinnati Reds for four players – Mike Cameron, Antonio Perez, Jake Meyer, and current Giant Brett Tomko. Funny how things work out, but one can make the argument that Tomko was the most valuable of the five players last season.

February 11
Filling the Will Clark – J.T. Snow Void: Former Red Sox, Red, Royal, Dodger, and Giant Todd Benzinger was born on this date back in 1963, in Dayton, KY. The switch-hitting nephew of pitcher Don Gross spent his final three seasons (1993-95) in orange and black.

February 12
Three Years Is More than Some: Former Major League pitcher Greg Johnston was born on this date in 1955. The 12th round pick by the Giants in 1975, Johnston played three seasons in the bigs, the first (1979) in orange and black.

February 13 [don't forget that special someone tomorrow!]
Dealing with the Devil: Tom Haller was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Ron Hunt and Nate Oliver on this date in 1968. Unlike Jackie Robinson, Haller didn't retire immediately afterwards.

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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