This Week in Giants Baseball History

Lots of winning memories, and very little recollections of rainouts.

April 17
This One’s For the Titanic: Way before Leonardo DiCaprio was even a twinkle in his parents’ eyes, the New York Giants and New York Yankees played a charity game at the Polo Grounds on this date in 1912 for the survivors of the Titanic, which sank three days prior.  The Giants won handily, defeating the newly pinstriped Yankees 11-2.


April 18
Stan the Man Breaks Up an Odd No-Hit Bid: On this date in 1959, Jack Sanford one-hit the St. Louis Cardinals in an 8-1 victory at Candlestick Park, with the lone hit a bloop single by Hall of Famer Stan Musial in the seventh inning.  How did the Cards score their lone run?  By an initial bout of wildness by Sanford – three walks, a hit batsman, and a wild pitch – all in the top of the first inning.


April 19
Vida Allows Ten Runs and Wins: Staked to an early 7-1 lead in San Diego, Vida Blue ended up allowing 10 runs (9 earned) in 8 innings.  The Giants offense was up to the task, however, and battered the San Diego Padres for 14 runs (only 7 earned) in a wild 14-10 Giants victory.  Blue’s nine earned runs allowed was the greatest total for a winning pitcher since Bob Friend allowed 10 earned runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954.


April 20
Beauty: Hall of Famer Dave Bancroft was born on this date back in 1891, in Sioux City IA.  “Beauty” (don’t ask me why) spent parts of five seasons in a 16-year career with the New York Giants, establishing career highs in batting average, RBIs, and steals with the club in 1921-22.


April 21
Double Played to a Tie?: Fittingly, two Major League records were tied on this date in 1935 in a game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies that ended in a 4-4 tie, ostensibly due to darkness (the game would be replayed, with all statistics being counted for both games).  The Giants hit into six double plays, with five of them being turned by Phillies’ shortstop and former Giant Blondy Ryan.


April 22
Triple Willie Mac: Against the Milwaukee Brewers on this date in 1964 in front of Hank Aaron at County Stadium, Willie McCovey belted three home runs in an 8-6 Giants victory.  McCovey homered in each of his first three at bats – leading off the second inning off Brewers starter Donny Lemaster, with Willie Mays on board in a 5-run third inning, and with two out and none on in the fifth inning.


April 23
Eighteen Runs at Wrigley: Chicago was definitely a friendly confines for the Giants on this date in 1960, as the Giants scored 18 runs off of 18 hits in an 18-2 rout of the Chicago Cubs.  Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda both drove in four runs.  The run support helped starter Jack Sanford to an easy complete game 5-hitter.

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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