This Week in Giants Baseball History, Sept. 12-18

Lots (and I mean lots) of Willie Mays memories, and other sundries.

September 12
A Giant Goes Down: Trailing the front-running Los Angeles Dodgers by just 1 _ games, the San Francisco Giants are dealt a jolting blow when Willie Mays is hospitalized for nervous exhaustion on this date in 1962. The orange and black proceed to lose six games in a row (including today’s 4-1 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field), but surged late in the season to defeat the Dodgers in a playoff and take the NL pennant.

September 13
Feeling Much Better: Powered by Mays’ 500th career home run, Juan Marichal won his 22nd game of the season as the Giants defeated the Houston Astros 5-1 at the Astrodome on this date in 1965. Marichal scattered eight hits in a complete game effort, and contributed two hits and two RBIs with his bat as well.

September 14
Philadelphia Bell: Happy 33rd birthday to former Giant and current Philadelphia Phillie David Bell, born on this date back in 1972, in Cincinnati. An excellent third baseman, Bell played one memorable season in orange and black – 2002.

September 15
Triple the Pleasure: In an 8-6 11-inning Giants victory over the Phillies on this date in 1960 at Connie Mack Stadium, Willie Mays did a lot of running – he tied a Major League record by hitting three triples. Mays went 5-for-6 in the game, and his third triple in the eleventh inning eventually led to the go-ahead run.

September 16
Another Marichal Shutout: Willie Mays and shortstop Hal Lanier drove in the only Giant runs of the ballgame on this date in 1969, but with Juan Marichal pitching, they were more than enough. The Dominican Dandy threw a complete game four-hit shutout, striking out nine, as the Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 2-0 at Candlestick Park.

September 17
Never Say Never, Padres: With five runs in the first and one in the second, the visiting San Diego Padres built a 6-0 lead on the Giants on this date in 1996. No matter – the orange and black stormed back to win the ballgame 9-7. Barry Bonds’ 41st home run of the year, a two-run shot, broke the tie in the eighth inning.

September 18
Bonds 30-30, Again: As a Pittsburgh Pirate, Barry Bonds hit his 30th home run of the season on this date in 1992 off of former Giant Terry Mulholland in a 5-2 Pirates victory. The home run gave Bonds his second 30 homer / 30 stolen base season, a feat then matched only by his father Bobby Bonds, his godfather Willie Mays, Howard Johnson, and Ron Gant.

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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