This Week in Giants Baseball History

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November 7
Father Niekro: Former Major League knuckleballer Joe Niekro was born on this date back in 1944, in Martins Ferry, OH. Joe’s legacy is more than 22 years of big league pitching, since he is also the father of current San Francisco Giants first baseman Lance Niekro.

November 8 [A public service announcement from your friends at GO OUT AND VOTE!!!]
Got in for 11 Games in 1985: Originally drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 1976, Bobby Moore played his entire Major League career for the Giants – 11 appearances as a reliever in 1985. He was born on this date back in 1958, in Sweetwater, LA.

November 9
How in the World Do You Suppose He Got That Name?: Onetime (and I mean one time) New York Giant Archibald Wright Graham was born on this date back in 1876, in Fayetteville, NC. Better known in baseball history as Moonlight Graham, the outfielder played a total of one game in the majors over a hundred years ago on June 29, 1905.

November 10
MVP Award #2: The Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers again on this date, as Willie Mays beat Sandy Koufax for the National League Most Valuable Player award on this date in 1965.

November 11
Hayes Back to the Bay: Veteran third baseman Charlie Hayes wore orange and black for a second campaign in his career, with the second stint beginning via a trade on this date in 1997. The Giants sent minor league outfielder Chris Singleton and catcher Alberto Castillo (yes, the same Alberto Castillo who played 11 games for the Giants in 2003) to the Yankees in return for Hayes, who was originally drafted by the Giants in 1983.

November 12
Catching Up With Jeff Reed: No, not the Pittsburgh Steelers kicker. Another fellow by the same name once played catcher for the Giants during 1993-95, and he was born on this date back in 1962, in Joliet, IL.

November 13
Felipe by the Bay: The Giants announced the hiring of manager Felipe Alou on this date in 2002. Bay area sports radio talk shows have never quite been the same since.

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