This Week in Giants Baseball History

Mostly good memories this week (hey, I'll take Giants memories over, say, Warriors memories any day).

March 20
The Rematch Remains the Same: An unusual spring training game took place at Wrigley Field on this date in 1955, as the New York Giants and Cleveland Indians met for the first time since the Giants swept the Indians in the 1954 World Series.  The orange and black again triumph, this time 7-3 in front of 24,434.

March 21
Love Shanty: Former Major League catcher Shanty Hogan was born James Francis Hogan on this date in 1906, in Somerville MA.  Hogan batted a career-high .339 while playing for the New York Giants in 1930, and he was a career .295 hitter with four teams during a 13-year career. 

March 22
There’s No Cheating in Baseball!: On this date in 1962, a former Giant anonymously admitted that Bobby Thompson’s famous “the Giants win the pennant” home run was aided by a sign-stealing spy.  Thompson and manager Leo Durocher deny this, and they also had no comment on the pine tar on Thompson’s bat and the mysterious ointment on his navel (kidding on the latter).

March 23
We Want Our Sam: It took parting with both outfielder/first baseman Bill White and third baseman Ray Jablonski, but the San Francisco Giants were willing to pay the price to get St. Louis pitcher Sam Jones on this date in 1959.  Jones went on to be the NL Pitcher of the Year, winning 21 games with a 2.83 ERA, but arm trouble caught up to him by 1961.  White went on to become a multiple All-Star and gold glover with the Cards, but the Giants would do just fine without him – they had an embarrassment of riches at first base with Orlando Cepeda and Willie McCovey!

March 24
Party at Moises’ Uncle’s Place: Former Giants outfielder Jesus Alou was born on this date in 1942, in Haina, Dominican Republic.  The youngest of the baseball Alou brothers, Jesus spent the first six seasons of a 15-year career in San Francisco.

March 25
Experiment Over: We really tried to like him, but Orel Hershiser’s Giants 1-season tenure ended on this day in 1999, as he signed with the New York Mets.

March 26
If You Build It, They Will Come: On this date in 1996, San Francisco Voters approved plans for a privately funded stadium to be built on the waterfront.  From this emerged Pac Bell/SBC/AT&T Park.

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