This Week in Giants Baseball History, July 25 - 31

The trading deadline edition! Well, that and other stuff.

July 25
Ray Ray to the Bay: On this date in 2002, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane acquired current San Francisco Giants second baseman Ray Durham for the A’s stretch run. All Beane had to give up to the Chicago White Sox was minor league pitcher Jon Adkins.

July 26
Orange and Black Knuckles: One of the most enduring pitchers ever, Hall of Fame knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm was born on this date back in 1922, in Huntersville, NC. Wilhelm spent the first five seasons of a 21-year career with the New York Giants.

July 27
Duane Kuiper, Major League Record Holder: Current smooth-talking Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper tied a Major League record on this date back in 1978 by hitting two bases-loaded triples in the same game, as his Cleveland Indians pounded the New York Yankees 17-5.

July 28
The Giants Get Kenny: Slick-fielding, slap-hitting, base-swiping Kenny Lofton came over to the Giants on this date in 2002. Giants GM Brian Sabean gave up minor league pitchers Felix Diaz and Ryan Meaux. Lofton went on to score one of the most memorable runs in recent Giants memory – the clincher against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS to clinch the pennant for the Giants.

July 29
On His Way To Becoming a Giant: Cuban pitcher Osvaldo Fernandez defected from his country while his team was on the road in Tennessee on this date in 1995. He was signed by the Giants as a free agent the following January.

July 30
Let’s Take Him Back: Seeking experienced relief, Sabean acquired Doug Henry from the Houston Astros on this date in 2000. Trouble is, he had to give up Scott Linebrink for him, and he’s turned into a fine setup man for the formidable San Diego Padres bullpen.

July 31
What Will Be Here for 2005?: Well, for 2004, Sabean did a lot of talking on his cell phone, but nothing materialized. Something tells this writer that Sabean will be selling this year.

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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