This Week in Giants Baseball History, May 16 - 22

Daddies (one big), Bonds blasts (remember those?), and other recollections.

May 16
Big 56 for Big Daddy: Cheers to the one, the only – “Big Daddy” Rick Reuschel, who was born on this date back in 1949, in Quincy, IL. He was a San Francisco Giant in every sense of the word for his last five Major League seasons.

May 17
One-Hit Daddy: Speaking of Reuschel, he and current ESPN analyst Jeff Brantley combined to one-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on this date back in 1989 at Veteran’s Stadium in a 6-0 Giants victory. Phillies second baseman Tommy Herr’s single in the seventh (he was out trying to turn it into a double) and Von Hayes’ walk with one out in the eighth was all that Reuschel gave up.

May 18
Clark Rips in Six: Speaking of the Phillies, the Giants also beat them on this date back in 1983 in Philadelphia. San Francisco was powered by right fielder Jack Clark, who drove in six runs (one shy of the franchise record) for an 8-1 victory.

May 19
Three More for Bonds: At a soggy Turner Field, the Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on this date back in 2001. Barry Bonds hit three solo home runs, which at the time moved him into thirteenth place for most career home runs.

May 20
But Wait, There’s More: The very next day in 2001, Bonds hit two more home runs in an 11-6 Giants loss in Atlanta. These two ballgames saw Bonds hit home runs in four consecutive plate appearances and five home runs overall (the latter tied a record for a two-game stretch).

May 21
Five Hits, No Star Power: Ever look at the franchise leaderboard for hits in a game? Some names you’d expect, but some from out of the blue as well. Take for instance former Giants infielder Steve Scarsone and former outfielder Terrell Lowery, both of whom are tied for second on this list with five hits each. Scarsone had five hits in a 9-7 Giants defeat at home against the St. Louis Cardinals on this date in 1995, while Lowery did it five years later to the day in a 16-10 slugfest against the Milwaukee Brewers at old County Stadium. Proof that you can win the lottery.

May 22
Still Fiery at Age 32: One-time flamethrower for the Giants and current Cardinals reliever Julian Tavarez was born on this date back in 1973, in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Tavarez spent three sometimes turbulent seasons (1997-99) in orange and black.

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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