This Week in Giants Baseball History 10/24-30

As postseason turns into the offseason, enjoy these tidbits from Giants years gone by.

October 24
Done Deal?: Game 5 of the 2002 World Series played on this date had the San Francisco Giants cruising to a 16-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Pac Bell Park. Every Giants starter except right fielder Reggie Sanders had at least one hit, and the team totaled 16 base knocks, four of them being home runs from the middle infield combination of Rich Aurilia and Jeff Kent. The victory gave the Giants a 3-2 Series lead, and… I think I’d better stop talking about this Series right here.

October 25
Doublemint Gaylord: As a San Diego Padre at the age of 39, former Giant and Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry won the NL Cy Young Award on this date in 1978, and became the first player to win the award in both leagues (he had done it with the Cleveland Indians in 1972). For the season, Perry went 21-6 with a 2.73 ERA.

October 26
A Long Swim Upstream: Former Giant Gil Heredia was born on this date in 1965, in Nogales, AZ. Heredia began his Major League career with the Giants in 1991, then proceeded to play for the Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers, and finally the Oakland Athletics, where he won a career-high 15 games in 2000.

October 27
That Guy on Giants Pregame Was One Hell of a Player: Leon Joseph Roberts, better known as Bip Roberts, was born on this date in 1963, in Berkeley, CA. The career .294 hitter was mostly a Padre and never a Giant, but worked the television pregame show with Renel this past season.

October 28
Give It Up for Oakland: The A’s completed their 4-game sweep of the Giants to win the 1989 World Series on this date by defeating the orange and black 9-6 at Candlestick Park. This should have been the second world championship in a row for Oakland, but Kirk Gibson got in the way the year before.

October 29
They Called Him Dutch for a Year: Former New York Giant Hal Bamberger was born on this date in 1924, in Lebanon, PA. “Dutch” had 12 at-bats for the Giants in 1948, and likely collected a souvenir baseball for his only hit in the majors.

October 30
Give the Lifer a Shot: The Giants announced on this date in 1984 that career Giant Jim Davenport would be given the reigns as manager of the 1985 season. Davenport’s Giants went 56-88 the following season.

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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