This Week in Giants Baseball History, March 21-27

The Cub/Giant Edition.

March 21
Thrice a Giant, Always with a Cannon: The first overall pick in 1982 by the Chicago Cubs, Shawon Dunston was born on this date back in 1963, in Brooklyn, NY. Dunston spent parts of four seasons in orange and black, including his final year in 2002.

March 22
Big Bat, Light Voice: Sticking with former Cubs/Giants, Glenallen Hill was born on this date back in 1965, in nearby Santa Cruz, CA. The heavy bat-wielding, muscle-bound yet soft-spoken outfielder was known for his mammoth home runs and untimely strikeouts, and had a good Giants career during 1995-97.

March 23
Oh What the Heck; Let’s Make It a Theme: Former Giants first round pick Mike Remlinger was born on this date back in 1966, in Middletown, NY. The current Chicago Cub was traded by the Giants in 1991 with Kevin Mitchell in exchange for Seattle Mariners Bill Swift, Mike Jackson, and Dave Burba.

March 24
His Stops Include the South Side And the Dark Side: Former Giant and current Dodger of Los Angeles Wilson Alvarez was born on this date back in 1970, in Maracaibo, Venezuela. The Giants acquired Alvarez in the infamous 1997 Chicago White Sox fire sale, in which Danny Darwin and Roberto Hernandez were also sent to San Francisco for six minor leaguers.

March 25
When Doves Die: In probably one of the most bizarre humane society moments in baseball, then-Arizona pitcher Randy Johnson killed a dove when the bird came between his fastball and home plate in a spring training game against the Giants on this date back in 2001

March 26
But Wait, There’s More: Jose Viscaino was also once a Cub and Giant. The current Houston Astro was born on this date back in 1968, in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic.

March 27
Utility, Not Futility: Former Giant, Cub, Ranger, Cardinal, and Brewer Vic Harris was born on this date back in 1950, in Los Angeles, CA. Harris played second, short, third, and the outfield for the Giants during 1977-78.

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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