This Week in Giants Baseball History

A few more opening days, and the usual notables/infamies.

April 10
Much Better than Last Monday: Opening Day 1975 was on this date, and the San Francisco Giants bested the San Diego Padres 2-0 in ten innings at San Diego Stadium.  Giants starting pitcher Jim Barr pitched all ten innings for the victory, and Bobby Murcer and Gary Matthews (no, his dad) scored the winning runs for the visiting Giants in the tenth.

April 11
Aging Scars: Former Giants infielder Steve Scarsone was born on this date in 1966, in Anaheim.  Scar’s 7-year Major League career included four with the Giants during 1993-96, in which he played all four infield positions.

April 12
Barry Would Probably Have Been Walked Twice: In a game against the Houston Astros at Candlestick Park on this date in 1973, Willie McCovey hit two home runs – both in an 8-run fourth inning for the Giants.  San Francisco won the game handily 9-3, with starting pitcher Tom Bradley going the distance for the victory.

April 13
Opening Day 1954: It seems kind of late these days, but the New York Giants kicked off the 1954 season on this date by defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3 at the Polo Grounds.  Willie Mays returned to the Giants after a two-year absence serving his country in the army, and hit a 2-run home run.

April 14
0-5, 5Ks, 1RBI: Left fielder Steve Whitaker could probably laugh about it afterwards since his Giants came back from an 8-0 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Braves 15-11 at Atlanta Stadium on this date in 1970.  But his five strikeouts in the game set a franchise mark (later tied by Glenallen Hill).  Whitaker’s RBI came in the fourth inning off a sacrifice fly.

April 15
Ott’s Final 4-Bagger: Opening Day 1946 on this date saw player/manager Mel Ott hit his 511th career home run in an 8-4 Giants victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.  Sadly, the future Hall of Famer would injure his knee diving for a ball in the next game, and would only play sporadically until his retirement in 1947.

April 16
A Homer Thwarts Sad Sam: On this date in 1960 at Candlestick Park, Sam Jones threw a complete game one-hitter as the Giants defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-1.  The Cubs’ lone hit was a home run by pinch-hitter Walt Moryn in the eighth inning.  Jones finished his often-brilliant career with several low-hit games, including two no-hitters (one of them shortened by rain).

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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