This Week in Giants Baseball History

Any day now, Giants fans – pitchers & catchers report to Arizona! In the meanwhile, enjoy these tidbits from the past.

February 6
Not Too Shabby: San Francisco Giants outfielder Adam Shabala was born on this date in 1978, in Streator IL.  Debuting last season, Shabala’s got a lot of work to do in the spring to earn a spot in the 2006 roster with a crowded outfield.


February 7
Someone’s Having Cognac Today: Pitcher Brad Hennessey was born on this date in 1980, in Toledo OH.  Looks like Hennessey’s also got a lot of work to do this spring, too.


February 8
A Brief Hoot: Former Detroit Tigers All-Star Hoot Evers was born on this date in 1921, in St. Louis MO.  Towards the tail end of an injury-plagued career, he was a New York Giant for twelve games in 1954, getting one hit – a home run – in eleven at-bats.


February 9
Waving the Dust Away: On this date in 1984, the Los Angeles Dodgers waived two-time All Star Dusty Baker, after Baker refused a trade to the Oakland Athletics.  The future Giants manager would eventually make it to Oakland in 1985, but not before playing the ‘84 season in San Francisco.


February 10
Owner of a Grand Slam at Pac Bell: Former Giants catcher Alberto Castillo was born on this date in 1970, in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic.  Castillo’s grand slam against the Colorado Rockies on June 20, 2003 represents the only runs he drove in that season.


February 11
Speaking of Memorable but Infrequent Home Runs: Former Giants utility player John Patterson was born on this date in 1967, in Key West FL.  Patterson hit five home runs in his career, but two were momentous: his first career home run beat the Atlanta Braves on September 1, 1993, and his second career home run was a grand slam that accounted for all the runs in a 4-3 victory over the Marlins on May 27, 1994.


February 12
Hitting Home Runs in the Series in February?: Willie Mays joined Roberto Clemente in hitting home runs for Puerto Rico, a 4-2 winner over Venezuela in the Caribbean Series on this date in 1955.  Despite (or perhaps because of) this early baseball, Mays went on to have a banner .319/51/127 season.

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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