This Week in Giants Baseball History

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November 21
Before ‘Roids Could Taint MVP Awards: The San Francisco Giants may have lost the 1989 World Series, but they at least brought home some hardware – with a monsterous .291/47/125 regular season, Kevin Mitchell was named the National League MVP on this date in 1989.

November 22
Say No to Bad Beer, Yes to Kids: Former Giant and fan favorite Matt  Williams refused a trade that would have sent him to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Larry Walker on this date in 2002. Why would a slugger say no to calling Coors Field home? The big softie didn’t want to uproot his children from Phoenix. Atta boy, Matty.

November 23
The New Slash?: Former Giant and Stanford Cardinal star David McCarty was born on this date back in 1969, in Houston, TX. Currently a member of the Boston Red Sox, the lanky first baseman has been known to throw a pitch or two lately.

November 24
If at First You Don’t Alou, Gardner Gardner Again: On this date in 1972, the New York Yankees traded for former Giant Matty Alou by sending Rob Gardner to the Oakland Athletics. Funny thing is, the Yankees had previously traded Gardner to the A’s for Matty’s brother Felipe Alou the season before!

November 25
Losing Out to Mr. Cub: Results for the 1958 NL MVP voting were released on this date, and Willie Mays (.347/29/96, 31SB) finished a distant runner-up to Ernie Banks (.313/47/129, .614 slugging) for the honor.

November 26
Second Amongst First-Year Second Basemen: By a surprisingly wide margin, Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman and future Giants coach Jim Lefebvre (.250/12/69) beat out future Giant Joe Morgan (.271/14/40) for the NL Rookie of the Year award on this date in 1965. For the most part, Morgan would have the last laugh – he would play 22 Hall of Fame seasons to Lefebvre’s eight.

November 27
Caught on for Two Games: A Giant for all of two games in 1969, John Harrell was born on this date in 1947, in Long Beach, CA. Harrell was a 31st round draft pick by the Giants in 1966.

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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