This Week in Giants Baseball History

Some old school, and some REALLY old school this week.

May 1
Let the Kayaking Begin: On this date in 2000, Barry Bonds hit the first-ever spashdown home run at now AT&T Park in a 10-3 San Francisco Giants victory over the New York Mets.  Bonds’s homer came off of former Giant Rich Rodriguez in the sixth inning, a three-run shot that gave the Giants a commanding 9-0 lead.

May 2
Let’s Play Two, in One Game: It took 17 innings, but the Giants defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on this date in 1956 at Wrigley Field.  This beauty of a game must have taxed managers and pitching coaches alike – the Giants and Cubs combined to use 48 different players in the game, and even without a Bonds playing, eleven intentional walks were issued.  Cubs third baseman Don Hoak set a Major League record by striking out six times in the game, with each strikeout at the hands of a different pitcher.  All in 5 hours and 13 minutes of fun.  Joy.

May 3
A Dandy of a Scorless Streak Began Today: During a 6-3 Giants victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers stadium on this date in 1964, Juan Marichal gave up three runs in the first two innings, but settled down to blank the Bums the rest of the way.  And settle down he did – after the second inning, no one would score on Marichal for 29 1/3 more innings.  In his following two starts, the Dominican Dandy would go on to shut out the Dodgers 3-0 and blank the Houston Colt .45s 6-0.

May 4
Candy’s Cycle: Batting cleanup on this date in 1987, Giants outfielder Candy Maldonado hit for the cycle in a 10-7 Giants victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  Maldonado tripled in the third inning, homered in the seventh, singled in the eighth, and doubled in the ninth.  Candy and the other three batters atop the batting order – Mike Aldrete, Chili Davis, and Jeffrey Leonard – combined for 13 hits, seven runs scored, and eight RBIs.

May 5
The Walks of Life: In a near-complete game effort during a 6-5 New York Giants loss to the Boston Rustlers on this date in 1911 at the South End Grounds, Giants pitcher Red Ames walked 10 batters, still the franchise record for a single game.  After walking in a run in the bottom of the ninth inning with a 2-run lead, Ames was pulled for reliever Hooks Wiltse, who promptly walked in the tying run and surrendered a single that won it for Boston.

May 6
Back When Pitchers Had Arms Made Out of… Well, Arms: The New York Giants went fourteen innings to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on this date in 1922 at the Polo Grounds, and both starting pitchers went the distance.  Giants starter Phil Douglas went surrendered 10 hits but just two earned runs for the victory, and his effort is second in terms of longevity for a ballgame in franchise history – Hall of Famers Marichal and Gaylord Perry both went 16 innings for 1-0 victories in 1963 and 1967, respectively.

May 7
And More History the Very Next Day: We’ll never know for sure due to a lack of statistics kept during the very early years of baseball, but Retrosheet has Jesse Barnes throwing the Giants’ first no-hitter on this date in 1922, as the Giants again took down the Phillies 6-0 at the Polo Grounds.  Barnes struck out five and walked one to improve to 4-1 on the season.

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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