This Week in Giants Baseball History

SFDugout wishes you a safe and happy 2006!

January 2
A Red Giant for One Year: Former Major League utilityman Red Kress was born Ralph Kress on this date back in 1907, in Columbia CA. Kress spent his last season of a 14-year career as a New York Giant, where the usual infielder took a turn at pitching in 1946.

January 3
Did He Have a Roommate?: Former Major Leaguer Jim Dwyer was born on this date back in 1950, in Evergreen Park IL. “Pig Pen” spent part of the 1978 season with the San Francisco Giants, but made his name in seven subsequent seasons as a pinch-hitter extraordinaire with the Baltimore Orioles.

January 4
Nowhere Near as Successful as Debbie Harry: The one, the only Blondy Ryan was born John Collins Ryan on this date back in 1906, in Lynn MA. Harry, er, Ryan spent most of his six Major League seasons in New York, playing for the Giants in the 1933 and 1937 World Series.

January 5
Thanks for Stopping By: Well-traveled outfielder Reggie Sanders signed with the Giants on this date in 2002. Sanders’ only season in San Francisco resulted in 23 home runs and sound defense in right field that helped the 2002 Giants reach the World Series.

January 6
Ripping for Steinbrenner: Former Giants draft pick Jack Clark signed a multi-year deal with the New York Yankees on this date in 1988. The Ripper would last only one season in pinstripes, as he was traded to the San Diego Padres at the end of the ’88 season.

January 7
The Original Big Cat: Hall of Famer Johnny Mize was born on this date back in 1913, in Demorest GA. The Big Cat spent the middle third of his career (which was interrupted by military service) as a Giant, establishing career-highs with 51 home runs and 138 RBIs in a banner 1947 season.

January 8
Back When This Kind of Signing Was Sexy: The Giants signed reliever Doug Henry on this date in 1997. The big reliever’s ’97 season was mediocre, and he was granted free agency at season’s end; however, the Giants took another chance on him during the 2000 stretch drive, and Henry was much more effective the second time around.

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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