Cha Cha Traded: The Pink Floyd album “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” comes to mind when one thinks about the trade the Giants made on this date in 1966, sending popular slugger Orlando Cepeda to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Ray Sadecki. While Sadecki would have one winning season in 4+ years as a Giant, Cepeda went on to win the NL MVP award in 1967.
Speaking of Cha Cha: As a part of the Atlanta Braves, Cepeda played a doubleheader at Candlestick Park on this date in 1971. The Giants won the first game 5-2, but aided by Cha Cha’s two home runs (including a grand slam) the Braves took the nightcap 6-5 in 10 innings. The guy the Giants kept to play first base didn’t fare too badly, either Willie McCovey went 4-for-4 in the second game, including a three-run shot off of Phil Niekro in the fourth inning.
Speaking of Stretch: It’s hard to say that a Hall of Famer is underappreciated, but with Willie Mays and Barry Bonds hogging the franchise limelight, it’s somewhat easy to overlook the greatness of Willie McCovey. Stretch homered twice on this date in 1970, driving in six runs in an 11-7 Giants victory over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.
Lucky 14th Inning for Perry: With a three-run lead going into the bottom of the tenth inning, Gaylord Perry gave up three earned runs to the San Diego Padres to extend the ballgame at 5-5. No matter Perry would go on to complete thirteen innings of work, and after the Giants scored a run via a Padre error in the fourteenth, Mike McCormick came on to save the ballgame for a well-deserved victory for Perry and the Giants.
Way Before He Became an All-Star Closer for the Twins: Current Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan would go on to have much better games than the one played on this date in 2000 Nathan tied a franchise record by surrendering 12 runs (10 earned) in only 2 2/3 innings as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Giants 15-7 at Coors Field. Former Giant Jeffrey Hammons was Nathan’s biggest tormentor, homering in each of the first two innings and driving in seven for the game.
Fight On in Los Angles: The Giants were on the right end of a football score at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on this date in 1958, as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 16-9. It was a 26-hit parade for the Giants, including a 5-for-5 days by Mays and four hits apiece by Cepeda, shortstop Daryl Spencer, catcher Bob Schmidt, and second baseman Danny O’Connell.
A Dirty 59: Happy birthday to current Giants Vice President of Player Personnel Dick “Dirt” Tidrow, born on this date in 1947, in San Francisco. I hear AT&T Park is not a bad place to have a birthday party…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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