This Week in Giants Baseball History, August 22-28

Some milestones and oddities, but nothing you wouldn't expect from this column.

August 22
The Roseboro Game: One of the more unfortunate incidents in San Francisco Giants history could have only happened as a part of their rivalry with the Los Angeles Dodgers – in a game on this date in 1965 at Candlestick Park, Juan Marichal attacked Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro with a bat in the third inning after complaining that the catcher’s return throws to pitcher Sandy Koufax were too close to Marichal when he was at bat. Roseboro got cut in the forehead, a melee ensued and Marichal was eventually suspended for eight games and $1,750. By the way, the Giants won the ballgame 4-3.

August 23
400 Deep, 400 Stolen: With his 400th career home run hit on this date in 1998, Barry Bonds became the sole member of the 400 career home run / 400 stolen base club. Bonds’ solo shot came off of starter Kirt Ojala in the top of the third inning, and the Giants went on to defeat the Florida Marlins 10-5 at Pro Player Stadium.

August 24
Twice a Winner on the Same Day: How do you pick up two victories in one day? Ask former Giants reliever Frank Williams. Thanks to a three-run rally in the top of the eighth inning, Williams was credited with the win by pitching one inning of relief in the bottom of the seventh in the first game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets, a 7-6 Giants victory on this date back in 1984 at Shea Stadium. In the second game, Williams again was the beneficiary of a three run rally, this time in the top of the seventh, as the Giants took game two 6-5. Williams’ line for the doubleheader: 1.2 IP, 1H, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, and two victories.

August 25
Lucky Thirteen: On this date in 1936, the New York Giants edged the Cincinnati Reds 6-5, wining their thirteenth straight game and taking over first place in the National League. These Giants would win the pennant by five games over the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, and go on to lose to the World Series to their cross-town rivals, the New York Yankees, in six games.

August 26
A Grand Day for Stretch, Bonds: In a 13-4 Giant drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies on this date in 1969 at Candlestick Park, Willie McCovey drove in six runs, four of them with his 40th home run of the season that cleared the bases. No slouch himself, Bobby Bonds followed up McCovey in the #5 hole by driving in five runs off of two home runs.

August 27
If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Sign ‘Em: Back when he could actually locate his high-80s fastball, Kirk Rueter once again hurt his future (and now former) team, as the lefty threw a complete game 1-hitter in a 1-0 Montreal Expos victory over the Giants at Olympic Stadium. For his career, Rueter had a record of 2-1 versus the Giants with an ERA of 2.03. The Giants had had enough – they would trade for Rueter a year later.

August 28
Manito’s 200th: With a complete game victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on this date in 1970 at Candlestick Park, Juan Marichal claimed career win number 200. He would finish with 43 more en route to the Hall of Fame in 1983.

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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