This Week in Giants Baseball History

The Giants' offensive woes getting you down? These guys below could hit, and then some. Also, the first San Francisco Giants no-hitter (what's that?), a midseason trade (we could probably use one of those right now), and the usual ephemera.

June 12
Robbie Rocks the Reds: The San Francisco Giants won the game against the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on this date in 1993 at Candlestick Park, and they couldn't have done it without Robby Thompson. The Giants second baseman went 5-for-5 at the plate, driving in three runs, and made a winner out of starting pitcher Bill Swift.

June 13
Bonds Outslugs the Astros: In a high-scoring affair, Barry Bonds made the score a bit more with his fourth hit of the ballgame, a two-run shot in the eighth inning, in a 12-8 Giants victory at 3Com Park on this date in 1996. Giants starter Mark Leiter got the victory despite allowing seven runs (only one earned) in five innings, striking out seven.

June 14
Bombs Away Versus the Cubs: The Giants were involved in another slugfest at Candlestick on this date in 1966, and again the Giants came out on top, thanks to five Giants home runs – two-run shots by Willie Mays and Tom Haller in the first, a solo shot by Ollie Brown in the fourth, another two-run shot by Jim Ray Hart in the fifth, and yet another two-run shot by Willie McCovey to go ahead for good in the seventh.

June 15
Juan's No-No: A grand total of three base hits were stroked in a game between the Giants and the Houston Colt .45s on this date in 1963 at Candlestick Park, but all three were Giants hits. Giants ace Juan Marichal shut down the young franchise, walking two and striking out five in nine innings for the first San Francisco Giants no-hitter, and the franchise's first no hitter since Carl Hubbell in 1929.

June 16
Broadway in Minneapolis Was Dark Tonight: The Giants broke open a 7-7 tie by scoring seven runs in the top of the ninth to turn out the lights on the Minnesota Twins on this date in 2005 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Leadoff man Omar Vizquel had five hits including a two-run double in the ninth off of former Giant Terry Mulholland. The rally made a loser out of another former Giant, All-Star closer Joe Nathan.

June 17
It Happened in 1943, Too: Proof that teams of all eras just love walking Giants sluggers – player/manager and Hall of Famer Mel Ott was walked five times on this date in 1943 in an 8-5 New York Giants victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Probably no rubber chickens were hung, though.

June 18
The Bedrock of a Pennant Drive: The Giants traded for Philadelphia Phillies closer Steve Bedrosian on this date in 1989, giving up Dennis Cook, Terry Mulholland, and Charlie Hayes in the process. Bedrock would go on to save 17 games for the NL pennant-winning Giants that 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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