This Week in Giants Baseball History, March 14-20

Arizona Dreamin', for at least a couple more weeks.

March 14
Fourth Time Wasn’t the Charm, Either: A major leaguer for eight games with the Giants in 2001, native San Franciscan Jalal Leach was born on this date back in 1969. Leach was acquired on four separate occasions by the Giants during his career.

March 15
Dandy to the Dark Side: Proving that even Hall of Famers make mistakes, Juan Marichal signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on this date in 1975. The 37-year old made just two starts that season, and retired in April.

March 16
Tragedy in Venezuela: Giants pitcher Nestor Chavez was one of 155 casualties in a Maracaibo plane crash on this date back in 1969. The 21-year old played in two games with the Giants in 1967.

March 17
From Doing Commercials for Novato Toyota to World Champ: Former Giants fifteenth round draft pick Bill Mueller was born on this date back in 1971, in Maryland Heights, MO. Labeled as a slick fielder but a finesse hitter at a power position while with the Giants, the career .292 hitter won a batting title in his first season with Boston in 2003 (and got paid about half as much as Edgardo Alfonso, who replaced him that season).

March 18
Big Daddy v the One-Armed Pitcher: During the spring before his best season, California Angels pitcher Jim Abbott stepped into the batter’s box on this date back in 1991 against the venerable Giant Rick Reuschel, who was enjoying his final spring before retirement. The resulting 400-foot triple by the one-handed Abbott is forever a part of Scottsdale lore.

March 19
Not to Be Confused with Iron Balls McGinty: Hall of Famer Joe “Iron Man” McGinnity was born on this date way back in 1871, in Rock Island, IL. The veteran hurler led the league in wins on for four different occasions, including an amazing 35-8 mark for New York in 1904.

March 20
He And Two Others for Robb Nen: Former Giants first-round pick Joe Fontenot was born on this date back in 1977, in Lafayette, LA. Fontenot, Mike Pageler, and Mike Villano were sent to the Florida Marlins in exchange for Robb Nen during the offseason in 1997. Pageler and Villano never made it to the big dance, and Fontenot proceeded to go 0-7 in 21 games for the Marlins in 1998. Um, nice trade.

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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