This Week in Giants Baseball History, April 11-17

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April 11
Ruined by Kevin Elster: In the first ever game played at Pacific Bell Park, the Dodgers beat the Giants 6-5 on this date back in 2000. Normally light-hitting Dodgers shorstop Kevin Elster led the way with three home runs.

April 12
Barry Bonds Knows How He Feels: On this date back in 1990, Brett Butler tied a Major League record by walking five times in a nine-inning game, as the Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 13-4.

April 13
Done in by ESPN Analysts: At San Diego on this date back in 1987, the Giants were up against it early, as the Padres set a major league record by having their first three batters – Marvell Wynne, and current ESPN personalities Tony Gwynn and John Kruk – all hit home runs. San Francisco had the last laugh, however, as the men in orange and black prevailed 13-6.

April 14
Opening Day, 1964: Five Giants hit home runs en route to an 8-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves. The Giants also purchased future Hall of Famer Duke Snider from the New York Mets.

April 15
A Much Better Stadium Debut: On this date in 1958, the Giants played the first Major League game at Seals Stadium, and shut out the Dodgers 8-0.

April 16
King Kong Cycle: All-or-nothing slugger Dave Kingman hit for the cycle on this date back in 1972, a 10-6 Giants victory against the Houston Astros in the Astrodome.

April 17
About 200 Home Runs Ago: Barry Bonds hit his 500th home run back on this date in 2001, in a 3-2 Giants victory over the Dodgers

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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