This Week in Giants Baseball History, Feb. 21-27

History, history, and a Botticelli (no, not really).

February 21
With White Sox in the Dark: The Giants made history on this date back in 1931, as they and the Chicago White Sox played the first Major League night game in a 10-inning exhibition in Houston.

February 22
Hitting Advice – Stay Healthy!: Current Giants hitting coach Joe Lefebvre was born on this date back in 1956, in Concord, NH. Happy 49th!

February 23
Far East Side: On this date back in 1964, the Giants signed the first three Japanese players ever to play in America – pitcher Masanori Murakami, third baseman Tatsuhiko Tanaka, and catcher Hiroshi Takahashi. Murakami later became the first Japanese player to make a major league roster.

February 24
Not Quite a Botticelli: Former 1971 Giants first round draft pick Frank Riccelli was born on this date back in 1953, in Syracuse, NY. He played three seasons in the majors, the first with San Francisco in 1976.

February 25
No, Not the Game Show Host; The Hall of Famer!: Monte Irvin was born on this date back in 1919, in Columbia, AL. The Negro League five-tool legend played his first seven major league seasons in orange and black, beginning in 1949.

February 26
Inclement Weather at First Base: Our slick-fielding, sweet-stroking first baseman J.T. Snow turns 37 today. May the short-hops coming your way be kind this season, J.T.!

February 27
Venable for Venerable: On this date in 1984, the Giants acquired 1B/OF Al Oliver from the Montreal Expos in exchange for pitcher Fred Breining and outfielder Max Venable. Oliver would be traded again six months later, and the Giants would net a minor leaguer named Kelly Downs in return.

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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