This Week in Giants Baseball History, Sept. 19-25

Some milestone deep flies this week.

September 19
Back When He Was a Skinny Pirate: Barry Bonds hit his 31st and 32nd home runs of the season on this date in 1990 for his first 30 home run / 30 stolen base season. Bonds' Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-7 at Wrigley Field.

September 20
Career Power Outage: Briefly in orange and black, current Houston Astros broadcaster Jim Deshaies set a Major League record on this date in 1993 by going 372 career at-bats without an extra base hit, breaking the old mark held by Virgil Barnes (who, ironically, spent most of his days as a New York Giant during the 1920s). No matter – Deshaies' San Francisco Giants defeated the Astros 7-2 at the Astrodome.

September 21
Clincher: In a back-and-forth close game, the Giants closed out the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-7 on this date at Pac Bell Park to clinch the 2000 NL West title.

September 22
600 Say Hey Big Flies: Pinch hitting for rookie George Foster (yes, that George Foster), Willie Mays hit his 600th career home run on this date in 1969. Mays' Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 4-2 at San Diego Stadium.

September 23
Road Warrior: On his way to a magical 73 home runs in 2001, Barry Bonds had his usual fun at Qualcomm Stadium. With his 65th and 66th home runs (both off of Padres reliever Jason Middlebrook) on this date in 2001, Bonds set a record for most road home runs. Bonds would finish the season with 36 homers on the road, one less than the number he hit at Pac Bell Park.

September 24
A Big 66 for Nen: Happy 66th birthday to Robb Nen's dad, former Major League first baseman Dick Nen. The elder Nen was born on this date in 1939, in South Gate, CA.

September 25
50 for Mays: In a 7-5 Giants victory over the Milwaukee Braves at Candlestick Park on this date in 1965, Willie Mays hit his 50th home run of the season, a 2-run shot off of reliever Bob Sadowski in the fourth inning. This was the second time Mays eclipsed 50 home runs in a season – he did it ten years earlier in 1955.

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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