This Week in Giants Baseball History Oct. 3-9

Despite some very heavy odds, the 2005 Giants almost added to the franchise's October memories below. Here's to a longer, healthier run in '06!

October 3
If a Record Falls in the Forest and No One Sees It…: With the best record in baseball clinched and in front of a home crowd of approximately 300 New Yorkers at the Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants established a Major League record by striking out 16 St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-1 complete game that lasted all of 1 hour and 15 minutes on this date in 1904. The Giants would have gone onto the World Series that season except for one problem – they refused to play the American League champion Boston Americans (later Red Sox). This marked only the second time that the World Series was not played since its inception in 1903.

October 4
Game 1 in 1922: Considerably more fans packed the Polo Grounds on this date in 1922, as the Giants played host to the New York Yankees in the first game of the 1922 World Series. The Giants trailed 2-0 until striking for a 3-run rally in the bottom of the eighth that held up for the victory. The Giants would go on to win the Series in seven games.

October 5
Closing It Out in Style: Before they were Dem Bums playing at Ebbets Field, in 1912 the Brooklyn franchise was something called the Brooklyn Superbas (not to be confused with the Superbras). The Giants helped them close out the Superbas’ tenure at Washington Park by handing them a 1-0 loss on this date in 1912. Brooklyn would move into Ebbets Field the following season.

October 6
Not a Telescopic Effort: Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell went eleven innings to post his second victory of the 1933 World Series, a 2-1 victory over the Washington Senators, on this date at Griffith Stadium. The New York Giants would wrap up the championship on the following day in another extra inning affair, 4-3 in 10 innings.

October 7
Game 5 at Turner Field: Also getting his second win in a postseason series was former San Francisco Giants and current Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Russ Ortiz. On this date back in 2002, Ortiz closed out the Atlanta Braves in the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS with 5.1 innings of work that yielded just one earned run in a 3-1 Giants win. Barry Bonds hit his third home run of the series, and would go on to hit five more in two more postseason series that year.

October 8
Two First Names, Two Giants Seasons: Former Detroit Tigers first-round draft pick Mike Chris was born on this date back in 1957, in Santa Monica, CA. Chris spent two unremarkable seasons as a Giants spot-starter during 1982-83.

October 9
Rube Day: Hall of Famer Richard William “Rube” Marquard was born on this date back in 1886, in Cleveland, OH. The lanky lefty spent the first eight seasons of an 18-year career with the Giants, and won over twenty games a season during 1911-13.

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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