This Week in Giants Baseball History

For October 31 through November 6. Awards and birthdays. Gotta love the offseason.

October 31
A Dark Trade: In a somewhat unconventional move to find a manager, the San Francisco Giants traded away infielder and original San Francisco Giant Andre Rodgers for former New York Giant Alvin Dark on this date in 1960, with the intention of having Dark manage the team the following season. The man who would later be known to some southern Californians as the Swamp Fox would go on to manage four seasons in San Francisco, including the 1962 NL pennant winners.

November 1
A Red Letter Day: Former Giants outfielder Stephen Joseph Tramback was born on this date in 1915, in Iselin, PA. For his Major League baseball career, the man known as Red played a grand total of two games in 1940.

November 2
San Francisco Born, San Francisco Played: No, not Tyler Walker. Long-time mostly-NL outfielder and former Giant Willie McGee was born on this date in 1958, in San Francisco. McGee wore orange and black for four seasons during 1991-94.

November 3
Second to Gibby: Giants Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry had a very nice 1970 season in which he went 23-13 with a 3.20 ERA. But he finished a distant second for the NL Cy Young Award to St. Louis Cardinals ace Bob Gibson, who went 23-7 with a 3.12 ERA. Gibby was announced the winner on this date in 1970.

November 4
Back When Benito Was a Pup: Former Giants catcher Benito Santiago won the NL Rookie of the Year award with the San Diego Padres on this date in 1987. Benny played for the Giants fourteen years later for a memorable stretch during 2001-03.

November 5
Gunboat: Former New York Giants pitcher Harry Gumbert was born on this date in 1909, in Elizabeth, PA. Gunboat spent the first six full seasons of a 15-year career as a Giant, winning a career-high 18 games for New York in 1939.

November 6
End of an Era: When Todd Helton was announced the NL Gold Glove award winner on this date in 2001, it marked the first time since 1994 that J.T. Snow went goldless. Snow had won the award in ’95 and ’96 with the now-Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and had won four consecutive awards to begin his Giants tenure.

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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