This Week in Giants Baseball History 10/10-16

Some postseason memories – some good, some bad.

October 10
Hacking His Way into the Recordbooks: Where would the 1987 San Francisco Giants have been without the Hack Man? Outfielder Jeffrey Leonard hit his fourth consecutive home run in four series games, and his two-run shot on this date gave the Giants the go-ahead run in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

October 11
Short on Name, Long on Tenure: Former Giant Joe Roa was born on this date in 1971, Southfield, MI. The Braves’ 18th round pick in the 1989 draft, Roa is what you would call a survivor, pitching for six teams so far (including the Giants in 1997) in a 6-year Major League career.

October 12
Giants vs. A’s in World Series: No, not the one you’re thinking of. A hundred years ago on this date, Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson pitched on two days rest to lead the New York Giants to a 9-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1905 World Series. The Giants would go on to win the Series four games to one.

October 13
What’s More Memorable, the Home Run or the Call?: Some things just become etched in one’s mind, and the details never leave. For this author, the awkward swing of Benito Santiago, the resulting impossibly high fly ball that took forever to get out, and Duane Kuiper’s elongated home run call that signified the Giants go-ahead runs in the bottom of the eighth inning of an eventual 4-3 victory over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLCS on this date in 2002 all definitely qualify.

October 14
Mays’ Last: Willie Mays’ last hit of his career occurred in Oakland on this date in 1973. Pinch-hitting in Game 2 of the World Series, Mays’ single in the top of the twelfth gave the New York Mets the go-ahead lead against the Oakland Athletics, and the Mets went on to win the ballgame 10-7. Mays would get only one more pinch-hitting opportunity for the rest of the series (in Game 3, which resulted in a force out).

October 15
Game 6, 1962: The Giants pulled to within a game of winning the 1962 World Series on this date by defeating the New York Yankees 5-2 at Candlestick Park. Starter Billy Pierce went the distance for the Giants, scattering just three hits and two runs. Orlando Cepeda had three hits and drove in two runs.

October 16
Game 7, 1962: The Giants came up one game and inches short, and fall to the Yankees in Game 7 by a score of 1-0. The Yankees score the only run of the game on a double play in fifth inning. Yanks second baseman Bobby Richardson ended the Giants’ dreams by snaring a line drive hit by Willie McCovey to end the game and the series.

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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