This Week in Giants Baseball History, 9/26 - 10/2

The end of the (regular) season edition!

September 26
A Journeyman’s 41st: Long-time Major League outfielder Dave Martinez was born on this date in 1964 in New York City. A part-time player for the San Francisco Giants for two seasons in 1993 and 1994, Martinez was drafted in 1983 by the Chicago Cubs, and played for ten teams in a 16-year career.

September 27
40-40 for Bonds: Normally being mentioned in the same breath as Jose Canseco these days isn’t a good thing. But Barry Bonds joined his company as men with 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season on this date in 1996 with his 40th stolen base in a 9-3 Giants victory at Colorado.

September 28
NL West Title in ‘87: Sixteen years of frustration came to an end on this date in 1987, as the Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 5-4 at Jack Murphy Stadium to clinch their first NL West title in over a decade and a half. The Giants would go on to lose a heartbreaking NLCS series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

September 29
Mays’ Catch: You’ve all seen the highlight – on this date in 1954, Willie Mays made an incredible over-the-shoulder basket catch to snare a 462-ft drive at the Polo Grounds as the New York Giants defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in Game 1 of the World Series. The Giants would go on to sweep the heavily favored Indians and accentuate their world championship – to date their last as a franchise.

September 30
Better Late than Never: On the last day of the 1971 season, Juan Marichal pitched a complete game 5-hitter as the Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 5-1 at San Diego Stadium to clinch the NL West by a single game over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

October 1
Back When Playoffs Were a Rarity: As a result of the Dodgers and the Giants finishing with identical 101-61 records in 1962, the two teams played a best-of-three series to decide the NL pennant (there were no divisions until 1965). Game 1 was played on this date at Candlestick Park, and Billy Pierce threw a masterful complete game 3-hit shutout in defeating Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers 8-0. The Giants would narrowly lose Game 2 the next day in Los Angeles, but would take the pennant with a 6-4 victory in the decisive Game 3 on the day after, rallying for four runs in the ninth inning.

October 2
Say Hey 52 Times: On the second to last day of the 1965 season, Willie Mays hit a then-Giants record 52nd home run of the season in a 3-2 Giants victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Candlestick Park. This total has been surpassed only once by a Giant – in 2001, when Barry Bonds added 21 more to the record.



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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