This Week in Giants Baseball History

The usual comings and goings, and best holiday wishes to all Giants fans and SFDugout readers!

December 19
Way Before Will the Thrill, We Had Will DeKing: Former New York Giants catcher Bill DeKoning was born on this date back in 1918, in Brooklyn NY. He played three games at age 26 for the 1945 Giants team, striking out in his only at bat of his career.

December 20
The Travels of a Former 19-Game Winner: After completing a disappointing 5-12 season with both the New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds, former Giants darling Shawn Estes signed a $3 million contract with the Chicago Cubs – his fourth team in three seasons – on this date in 2002. Estes would go on to an 8-11 5.73 ERA season in his only year in Chicago.

December 21
Let’s Play Two from the Windy City: Giants at different times in their careers, LaTroy Hawkins and Dustin Hermanson were both born on this date in 1972, Hawkins in Gary IN and Hermanson in Springfield OH. Both players entered the Majors in 1995, and both have put on a Chicago uniform – Hawkins for the Cubs during 2004-05, and Hermanson for the world champion Chicago White Sox in 2005.

December 22
Big Day for Moises’ Uncle: Matty Alou was born on this date back in 1938, in Haina, Dominican Republic. The diminutive outfielder played his first six seasons of a 15-year career as a Giant, beginning in 1960 – two years after older brother and current Giants manager Felipe Alou first donned the orange and black.

December 23
The Travels of a Former Gold Glover: After completing a mediocre season with both the White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, former Giants Gold Glove center fielder Darren Lewis signed with the Boston Red Sox – his sixth team in three years – on this date in 1997. Lewis would go on to hit a career high in home runs (8), but made an uncharacteristic 3 error in the Boston outfield.

December 24
D’Acquired by the West Coast: Former Giants first round draft pick John D’Acquisto was born on this date back in 1951, in San Diego. During a 10-year career that began as a 21-year old with the Giants in 1973, D’Acquisto played for every California team except for the Dodgers, finishing his career with the Oakland A’s in 1982.

December 25
Feliz (not Pedro) Navidad!: Former Giant Manny Trillo is a Christmas Day baby, born on this date back in 1950, in Caripito, Venezuela. Trillo spent two seasons of a 17-year All-Star career in orange and black.

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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