This Week in Giants Baseball History, July 18 - 24

Hall of Famers galore this week, plus a Giants' nemesis from the 1960s.

July 18
Mays 3K: In a journey that took 2,639 games, Willie Mays collected his 3,000th base hit on this date in 1970 off of Mike Wegener as his San Francisco Giants defeated the Montreal Expos 10-1 at Candlestick Park.

July 19
How About a One-Hitter For Starters: Juan Marichal made his Major League debut on this date in 1960, and what a debut it was – he struck out twelve in throwing a complete game one-hitter for a 2-0 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Candlestick Park. The lone Phillies hit came in the eighth inning when pinch hitter Clay Dalrymple singled with two outs.

July 20
Perry’s “Moon Shot”: Giants manager Alvin Dark quipped in 1968 that “they’ll put a man on the moon” before Gaylord Perry hits a home run. He was narrowly right – about twenty minutes after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon on this date in 1969, Perry hit his first career home run as the Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 at Candlestick Park. And for those wondering, the term “moon shot” is credited to former Dodger and Cardinal Wally Moon, not Perry.

July 21
Hoyt Halted for Good: In typical Dodger class, the Dodgers released former Giant and future Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm on this date in 1972, two days shy of Wilhelm’s 49th birthday. Thus ended a knuckleballing career that began in 1952 with the New York Giants.

July 22
Clay Strikes Again: How’s this for a heartbreaker – on this date in 1966, the aforementioned Clay Dalrymple again broke up a no-hit bid by a Giants pitcher in the eighth inning. This time it was Gaylord Perry, who settled for a two-hitter but also set a franchise record by striking out 15 batters in a 4-1 Giants victory over the Phillies at Candlestick Park.

July 23
Let’s Make a Deal or Two: Brian Sabean must have been feeling extra frisky on this date in 1998, as he consummated two separate trades. One brought veteran slugger Joe Carter from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league pitcher Darin Blood. The other brought over Jose Mesa, Shawon Dunston, and Al Morman from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for sidearmer Steve Reed and outfielder Jacob Cruz. The move helped stop a 2-11 post All-Star skid, and the Giants finished the season losing a 1-game playoff with the Chicago Cubs for the wildcard.

July 24
Mays Downs the Yankees: In a rare midseason exhibition game, the Giants defeated the New York Yankees 4-1 at Yankee Stadium on this date in 1961. Willie Mays drove in two runs, and Mickey Mantle accounted for the lone Yankee run with a homer.

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