This Week in Giants Baseball History, July 4 - 10

A few All-Star memories, and the usual esoterica.

July 4
An MVP for a Cy Young: On this day back in 1987, the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres worked out a 7-player deal. The Giants gave up four players – third baseman Chris Brown, and pitchers Keith Comstock, Mark Davis, and Mark Grant – in exchange for pitchers Dave Dravecky, Craig Lefferts, and a then-skinny outfielder named Kevin Mitchell. Davis would go on to win the NL Cy Young award two years later, but one could argue that the Giants got the better end of the deal, since Mitchell’s MVP season helped propel the Giants to the 1989 NL pennant.

July 5
38 Saves Two Seasons Ago: Current Philadelphia Phillies reliever and former Giant Tim Worrell was born on this date back in 1967, in Pasadena, CA. Something tells me that he could have been useful to the Giants the past two seasons.

July 6
Force in the Win Again: On this date in 1958, the Giants won the ballgame against the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 5-4 when Cardinals reliever Larry Jackson hit Jim Davenport with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Amazingly, Jackson almost performed the same feat the day before, when he walked Giants outfielder Willie Kirkland with the bases loaded for a 5-4 Giants victory.

July 7
That’s Why They Later Signed Him: Kirk Rueter made his Major League debut on this date back in 1993 by pitching 8 1/3 shutout innings against the Giants. Rueter’s Montreal Expos won the ballgame 3-0.

July 8
Dead Ball All-Stars?: Giants pitcher Billy O’Dell pitched a perfect final three innings of the 1958 All-Star Game – a game in which there were no extra-base hits. The American League defeated the National League 4-3.

July 9
A Safety Short of a Shutout: The Giants massacred the Cardinals 21-2 on this date back in 1988 at Candlestick Park. The 21 runs are a San Francisco record. Giants second baseman Chris Speier hit for the cycle and drove in five runs. The two corner infielders, Will Clark and Kevin Mitchell, combine for seven hits including a home run for each. Kelly Downs scattered seven hits over seven innings for the easy victory.

July 10
Mays Homers, Nationals Win: No, not those Nationals – the NL All-Stars. On this date in 1956, Willie Mays hit a 2-run shot off of New York Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford, and the NL emerged with a 7-3 victory in the 1956 All-Star Game.

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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