This Week in Giants Baseball History

Party at Scottsdale this week! See below.

February 27
Nearly SC Johnson Park: After two wind-swept seasons and Stu Miller being almost blown off the mound in the 1961 All Star Game, Candlestick Park was well on its way to reaching its infamously untamable status in 1962.  On this date in ’62, an architect offered a possible solution to combat the winds – wrapping the stadium in a plastic screen, dubbed “saran cloth.”  Wouldn’t that have been fun!

February 28
Poison Ivie: The San Francisco Giants acquired Mike Ivie from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Derrel Thomas on this date in 1978.  The man who wouldn’t be catcher established career highs (.308 in ’78, 27 HRs in ’79) during his 3+ years with the Giants.

March 1
The Constant Gardner: Happy birthday to former Giants pitcher and current bullpen coach Mark Gardner, 44 years young today after being born in the city of angles.  A gamer in every sense of the word.  Cheers!

March 2
Bullish on the Hall: Finally, after more than a few years of campaigning, Orlando Cepeda was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee on this date in 1999.  He might have won the 1967 NL MVP award while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, but Cepeda entered the hall with a Giants cap on.

March 3
Whoa-Tus!: How about another coach’s birthday this week – bench coach Ron Wotus turns 45 today.  Should be fun in Scottsdale this week; cheers! 

March 4
Have Catcher’s Mitt (and Bat Left-Handed), Will Travel: Former Major League catcher Tom Lampkin was born on this date in 1964 in Cincinnati OH.  Lampkin never played for his hometown Reds, but he did play for six other teams during a 13-year career, including two seasons with the Giants during 1995-96.

March 5
No Longer Spitball-Less in Seattle: Former Giant and Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry signed on with the Seattle Mariners on this date in 1982.  With the Mariners, Perry got the three wins he needed to reach 300 career victories, and managed fourteen more in Seattle and Kansas City before retiring after the 1983 season at age 44.

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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