This Week in Giants Baseball History, July 11-17

The All-Star Game edition!

July 11
Vida on the Other Side: In his first season with the San Francisco Giants after coming over in a Bay Bridge trade with the Oakland Athletics, Vida Blue got the nod to start the 1978 All-Star Game held at San Diego Stadium. Blue became the first pitcher to start an All-Star Game for both leagues. The National League defeated the American League 7-3.

July 12
Alou Wins it for the NL: In the 1994 All-Star Game at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, then-Montreal Expo and current Giants All-Star representative Moises Alou doubled in Tony Gwynn for the winning run in the 10th inning for an 8-7 National League victory.

July 13
Marichal and Mays Represent: A good showing for the Giants in the 1965 All-Star Game held at Metropolitan Stadium in Minnesota. Willie Mays homered and walked twice, but was beaten out in the game MVP honors by Juan Marichal, who pitched three scoreless innings.

July 14
Dick Homers, Pete Crashes: In a 5-4 extra-inning thriller, the NL literally beat down the AL in the 1970 All-Star Game held at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. This was the game in which Pete Rose ran over Cleveland Indians catcher (and current A’s broadcaster) Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the twelfth inning. Giants catcher Dick Dietz led the NL charge in the ninth with a home run off of A’s pitcher Catfish Hunter.

July 15
Fernando Matches Hubbell: Some interesting observations about the 1986 All-Star Game held at the Astrodome in Houston, a 3-2 AL victory: a) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela struck out five batters in a row, matching the feat of New York Giant and Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell who accomplished the feat in 1934, b) in an eerie premonition, then-Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens pitches three shutout innings for the victory and MVP in front of his future home crowd, and c) Giants pitcher Mike Krukow pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

July 16
Riding the Bench: On the lone All-Star Game played on this date in Major League history, the 1985 NL All-Stars defeated their AL counterparts 6-1 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. No Giant ever made it on the field during the game, as the lone Giants representative, pitcher Scott Garrelts, never made it off the bench for the NL.

July 17
Walked Home in Seattle: At the Kingdome, New York Mets outfielder and current Baltimore Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli walked in the ninth inning to force home the go-ahead run, as the NL won the ballgame 7-6. Jack Clark, the Giants’ lone representative, grounded out in his only at bat in the fourth inning.

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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