This Week in Giants Baseball History

Back to the days when baseballs were baseballs and syringes, creams, and clears really didn't factor in (we think).

March 13
Probably More than a Few of Him in Sweden: Former Major League pitcher Eric Erickson was born on this date in 1895, in Goteborg, Sweden.  Eric the son of Eric played the first of seven big league seasons with the New York Giants in 1914.

March 14
He Wasn’t a Giant, but Boy Did He Play Big: SFDugout’s utmost respects to the family and friends of recently departed Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, who was born on this date in 1961, in Chicago IL.  Puckett spent his entire 12-year career with the Minnesota Twins, never batting under .288 or without a smile.

March 15
San Francisco Blue: Now known for his charitable work as Junk Car Vida, All-Star pitcher Vida Blue was traded from the Oakland A’s to the San Francisco Giants on this date in 1978.  Despite giving up seven players and $390,000 (a lot of money back then!), the Giants got their money’s worth – Blue won 18 games in ’78, and was a thee-time All-Star with the Giants during his first tenure with San Francisco.

March 16
Born Too Early to be Called Hobie-Wan Kenobi: Former Major League catcher Hobie Landrith was born on this date in 1930, in Decatur IL.  Landrith played three seasons with the Giants during 1959-61 before becoming the first pick of the Mets’ expansion draft on October 10, 1961.

March 17
Loser Buys a Round of Guinness: On this St. Patrick’s Day in 1927, Bob O’Farrell’s St. Louis Cardinals defeated John McGraw’s New York Giants 3-0 in spring training.  O’Farrell rubbed it in by hitting a home run to boot.

March 18
There’s a Joke in Here Somewhere: Former Major League swingman Dick Littlefield was born on this date in 1926, in Detroit MI.  Littlefield pitched 31 games with the Giants in 1956, winning four and losing four. All told, he played for 10 different ballclubs in a 9-year career.

March 19
The Name of the Rose: Another former Major League swingman, Don Rose, was born on this date in 1947, in Covina CA.  The Stanford University graduate played his final big league season with the Giants, in 1974.

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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