This Week in Giants Baseball History, March 7 - 13

Scottsdale, here we come (I wish). Some notable birthdays this week.

March 7
Mild Mannered Second Baseman to MVP to a Dodger?: Former Giant and current LAD Jeff Kent was born on this date back in 1968, in Bellflower, CA. Here’s to more weeping in Dodgerland, Jeff!

March 8
Back When the Giants Swung for the Grapefruits: Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby made his Giants debut in a spring training game on this date in 1927. New York beat the St. Louis Browns 13-1 in Florida.

March 9
Thrice a Giant, And Still Playing: Former Giants first-round pick Terry Mulholland was born on this date back in 1963, in Uniontown, PA. He was a Giant during 1986-89, 1995, and briefly again in 1997.

March 10
Paved the Way for Renel: On this date in 1993, the San Francisco Giants announced the hire of Sherry Davis, the first female public address announcer in major league baseball. Davis would see the end of the Candlestick era, but was replaced by current P.A. Renel Brooks-Moon when the club moved into Pac Bell Park in 2000.

March 11
More Goat than King: Former Giant Salomon Torres was born on this date back in 1972, in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. The current Pittsburgh Pirate is probably best known in these parts for that fateful final game of the season in 1993, a 12-1 loss in Los Angeles with the playoffs hanging in the balance. Poor kid; glad to see he’s back on his feet with the Bucs.

March 12
Yes, Kids, He Was Once a Giant, Too: Troubled ballplayer Darryl Strawberry was born on this date back in 1962, in Los Angeles. The former Met, Dodger, and Yankee was a Giant for 29 games in 1994.

March 13
The Thrill Is Not Gone; He’s 41: Former Giant Will Clark was born on this date back in 1964, in New Orleans, LA. For those too young to appreciate him, The Thrill was always up for the occasion, even early on in his career – his first swing in the minor leagues resulted in a home run, and his first major league at-bat (against some guy named Nolan Ryan in the Astrodome) also had the same result. Hope you’re enjoying retirement, Will!



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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