Mays Plated 5 Times at Crosley Field: On this date in 1964, the San Francisco Giants pounded the Cincinnati Reds 15-5, with several Giants filling up the stat sheet. Willie Mays went 3-for-3 with a home run and five runs scored. Willie McCovey also homered and drove in a pair. Leadoff man Jesus Alou had three hits, and all this offense made an easy winner out of starting pitcher Juan Marichal, who went the distance with a 13-hitter while striking out 13 Reds.
Grand Hiatt: It’s probably safe to assume that the Giants wouldn’t have defeated the Houston Astros 12-8 in 13 innings on this date in 1969 at Candlestick Park without the aid of Jack Hiatt. The Giants catcher went 3-for-7 in the game, including a 2-run home run in the first inning and a thrilling grand slam to win it in the bottom of the 13th.
Doubly Grand: Powered by grand slams from Willie McCovey and another catcher, Dick Dietz, the Giants walloped the Montreal Expos (remember them?) 11-1 in the first game of a doubleheader on this date in 1970at Candlestick Park. Mike McCormick picked up the victory by pitching a complete game 3-hitter.
A Man Among Peers: By slugging the first of two home runs in a 6-3 Giants victory over the Florida Marlins at Candlestick Park on this date in 1996, Barry Bonds became the fourth member of the 300 career home runs / 300 career stolen bases club on this date in 1996. Amazingly, three of the members were present to witness the feat Barry Bonds, his father Bobby Bonds (who by coincidence was filling in as the first base coach), and Marlins right fielder Andre Dawson. Willie Mays was the only member absent.
The 3Com Era Begins: Kind of hard to believe nowadays, but the Giants had one of their latest home openers on this date in 1995, and did it in style by shutting out the Marlins 4-0 in newly renamed 3Com Park. Glenallen Hill broke open a close game with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, and Mark Leiter and three relievers combined for the blanking.
The First Pac Bell Win: It took seven tries, but the Giants finally christened Pac Bell Park with a victory on this date in 2000 by defeating the Expos 2-1. Bonds’ homer in the bottom of the eighth broke a 1-1 tie, and Robb Nen came on to shut the door in the ninth.
Mays Plates Himself 4 Times at County Stadium: In a 14-4 Giants romp of the Milwaukee Brewers on this date in 1961, Willie Mays had quite a day by going 4-for-5, with all four hits leaving the park. Mays’ 4 homer mark in a game has been untouched by any Giant, and his 8 RBIs in the game has been matched only once, by Willie McCovey.
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 email@example.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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