This Week in Giants Baseball History, August 15-21

Yes, fans – the Giants actually had a lot of power in their lineup once upon a time. Just look at all the home runs below!

August 15
Murakami Day: After pregame festivities celebrating his upcoming role as the first Japanese player to play in a Major League game, Masanori Murakami started the game on this date back in 1965, a 15-9 San Francisco Giants victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Candlestick Park. Normally a reliever, Murakami pitched into the third inning, allowing three earned runs while striking out four. Jim Ray Hart, Len Gabrielson, and Willie McCovey powered the Giants with home runs, with Hart hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning.

August 16
Mays Catches a Foxx: With his 534th career home run on this date in 1966, Willie Mays tied Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx for most career home runs by a righthander. Mays' shot in the third put the Giants ahead 2-0, and that's all the support Gaylord Perry would need, as he went the distance for 3-1 Giants victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

August 17
Mays Surpasses a Foxx: With his 535th career home run on this date in 1966, Willie Mays became at the time the second greatest home run hitter of all time, trailing only Babe Ruth (714). The Giants again defeated the Cardinals, this time 4-3.

August 18
The Ripper Rips in Six: In a 16-9 Giants victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium on this date back in 1982, Jack Clark had four hits including a three-run shot, and drove in six runs. The Giants roughed up future Giant Don Robinson, spanking the Caveman for eight earned runs (including Clark's jack) in 4+ innings.

August 19
Go West: On this date in 1957, the New York Giants board of directors voted 8-1 to move the franchise to California the following season. The reason? Poor attendance. Well, that and the promise of a new, state-of-the-art stadium – yes, they meant Candlestick.

August 20
Big Daddy Also Goes West: The Giants acquired veteran righthander Rick Reuschel from the Pirates in exchange for pitchers Jeff Robinson and Scott Medvin on this date back in 1987. Big Daddy would help the Giants reach the postseason that year, and would have two subsequent productive years in orange and black.

August 21
Perhaps the Best MLB Name Ever: Former New York Giants pitcher Cannonball Titcomb was born way back on this date in 1866, in West Baldwin, Maine. Titcomb, whose real name was Ledell, won 14 games for the Giants in 1888. Felipe Alou was just a kid then, cerebrally hacking away in the Caribbean.



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 dongsoo411@yahoo.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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