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.
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.
Perrys Moon Shot: Giants manager Alvin Dark quipped in 1968 that theyll 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.
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 Wilhelms 49th birthday. Thus ended a knuckleballing career that began in 1952 with the New York Giants.
Clay Strikes Again: Hows 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.
Lets 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.
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.
This Week in Giants Baseball History, July 18 - 24