Big Day in the Kuiper Household: Current San Francisco Giants baritone announcer Duane Kuiper hit his lone home run of his career on this date in 1977. Kuip's solo shot off of Chicago White Sox starter Steve Stone in the first inning contributed to the Cleveland Indians' 9-2 drubbing at Cleveland Stadium. Big Smooth had gone to the plate 1381 times without a home run prior to this game, and would finish his career with this one big fly in 3379 at bats.
Ordinary Name, Extraordinary Result: Future Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Famer Robin Roberts limited the Giants to two runs on this date in 1960, but it was enough thanks to Sam Jones. The big righthander limited the Phillies to seven hits and one earned run while striking out fourteen batters in a complete game 2-1 Giants victory at Candlestick Park. Jones also went 2-for-3 at the plate, and drove in what would be the winning run off of Roberts in the sixth inning.
Stop the Doc: Young Mets fireballer Dwight Gooden came to Candlestick Park with a fourteen-game personal winning streak on this date in 1985. The Giants spoiled his effort at number fifteen by defeating Doc 3-2. Gooden left the game in the seventh after allowing only two runs while striking out seven, but the Giants never relinquished their slim lead.
Let's Sweep Two: In a twin bill at Seals Stadium on this date in 1958, the Giants swept the Los Angeles Dodgers by scores of 8-6 and 6-5, the second game a 16-inning come from behind thriller. Outfielder Whitey Lockman homered in the bottom of the sixteenth to tie the game at 6, and errors by the Dodgers defense led to the winning run later in the inning.
Streak Stopped, but Still a Winner: It took until the sixth inning of the game played against the Cincinnati Reds on this date in 1967 at old Crosley Field, but the Giants put together a 27.2 inning scoreless streak. The Giants had defeated the Reds the previous day 1-0 in 21 innings (a game in which Gaylord Perry pitched the first sixteen scoreless innings), and held the Reds scoreless for two innings the day before. Ron Herbel went 8 1/3 to win it for San Francisco.
Sanford Extends Streak: Another Giants pitching stalwart of the early 1960s, Jack Sanford won his twentieth game of the season on this date in 1962, as he defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 at Dodger Stadium. Sanford would finish the season with 24 victories, and was runner-up to Don Drysdale for the Cy Young Award.
Stomping Dodger Blue Early: With eight runs in the first inning off of Dodgers starer Johnny Podres and reliever Stu Miller, the Giants coasted to a 13-3 victory on this date in 1958 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. In their first season out west together, the Giants handily take the season series from their foes 16-6.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
The views expressed in the columns do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the site's publisher, writers, or other staff members. The content on this site may not be redistributed without the expressed consent of SFDugout.com.