This Week in Giants Baseball History

Run support, anyone? Yes, the 2006 version of the Giants are struggling a bit in that department, but most of the gentlemen below didn't have that problem. Also, a Milwaukee birthday (drink!), some strikeout performances, and a stretch of a lifetime.

June 19
A Smooth 56: Happy birthday to one of the best baseball play-by-play announcers out there – Duane Kuiper was born on this date in 1950, in Racine WI.  This author will never forget his home run call of Benito Santiago’s shot in the 2002 NLCS – classic!  Cheers!

June 20
The Padres Meet Their Lord: The Giants enjoyed a laugher in southern California on this date in 1970, as they defeated the San Diego Padres 7-1 at San Diego Stadium thanks in large to starting pitcher Gaylord Perry.  The future Hall of Famer went the distance for the Giants, scattering eight hits while striking out 14 Padres en route to the win.  Bobby Bonds led off the game with a home run, and finished the game with two hits and three runs scored.

June 21
Cha Cha, Cha Cha, Cha Cha: At Busch Stadium on this date in 1964, Orlando Cepeda impressed his future team by hitting three doubles in a 7-3 Giants victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.  Cepeda’s day was actually overshadowed somewhat by the 4-hit, 3-RBI effort of Giants second baseman Hal Lanier.  The run support made a relatively easy winner out of Giants starter Jack Sanford, with a lot of help from Perry, who pitched four innings of shutout ball for the save.

June 22
A Thriller Ending: How about this game, played on this date in 1988 at Candlestick Park – trailing 5-4 going into the ninth inning against the Padres, things took a turn for the worst as Don Robinson gave up two more runs (one earned) for a 7-4 San Diego lead.  No worries!  The Giants started the comeback in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out RBI single by Brett Butler, then capped off the rally with a bases-loaded double by Will Clark to win the ballgame 8-7.  Clark drove in all but one run in the ballgame.

June 23
About as Good as It Gets: When Freddie Fitzsimmons was on, he was unstoppable.  He was certainly on for a game versus the Cincinnati Reds on this date, as Fat Freddie and the New York Giants shut down the Reds 8-0 at the Polo Grounds on this date in 1935.  Up to this point in the season, all of Fitzsimmons’s wins (4) were shutouts.

June 24
Herbel Medicine: Way before becoming one of the worst hitting pitchers ever (a career 6-for-206, or a .029 average), Ron Herbel shut down the Reds on this date 2-1 for a Giants victory at Crosley Field on this date in 1964.  Similar to Perry’s game mentioned above, Herbel went the distance while scattering seven hits and striking out 14 Reds.  Cepeda’s two-run home run in the first off of loser Jim O’Toole accounted for the only Giants runs.

June 25
A Stretch of a Hitting Streak: With a single and a homer in a 6-5 Giants victory over the Cardinals on this date in 1963, Willie McCovey started what would become the second longest hitting streak in franchise history.  Stretch would get at least one hit in every successive game until July 20, a stretch (pun intended) of 24 games.



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 dongsoo411@yahoo.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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