This Week in Giants Baseball History

For this week, let's start off with some blowouts against the Reds. Then sprinkle in a narrow victory over the Cardinals, then a milestone by a future Cardinal, and how about wrapping it up with some Rocky mountain highs? Sounds good? Here we go:

June 26
Crosley Clambake: Putting up a seven-spot in the sixth inning and five more runs in the seventh, the New York Giants blew open a relatively close game against the Cincinnati Reds and finished with a convincing 17-7 victory on this date in 1957 at Crosley Field.  Young center fielder Willie Mays had four hits in the game, scored three runs, and drove in four batters.

June 27
Probably Wasn’t Chewing Toothpicks Running the Bases: The Giants again defeated the Reds in another slugfest on this date in 1984, only this time it was the as the San Francisco Giants in a game played at Candlestick Park, and the final score was 14-9.  The Giants aided their cause by swiping six bags in the game – three by some young skinny outfielder named Dusty Baker.

June 28
Six RBIs Ain’t No Stretch: Just for good measure, how about another victory over the Reds – this time a 12-5 romp at Crosley Field on this date in 1969.  Willie McCovey drove in six of the Giants’ 12 runs, including four with a grand slam off of losing pitcher Jack Fisher in the first inning and a two-run shot in the sixth.  All the run support made an easy winner out of Giants starting pitcher Ron Herbel, who went the distance.

June 29
An Almost Complete Effort, and Then Some: On this date in 1957 at Busch Stadium, the New York Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals both failed to score for the first 11 innings of the ballgame.  When Willie Mays scored following a triple in the top of the twelfth, Stu Miller went out there in the bottom of the inning to try and finish what he started eleven innings ago.  Miller got the first two Cardinals in the inning, but when he surrendered a double to Hall of Famer Stan Musial, he was pulled in favor of reliever Marv (not Marquis) Grissom.  Grissom got the final out of the game to save Miller’s masterpiece – 11 2/3 innings pitched, eight hits, three strikeouts, and a well-earned win.

June 30
Let the Ripping Begin: This date marks the 28th anniversary of the beginning of the longest hitting streak in franchise history – 26 games in all, by Jack Clark in 1978.  The Ripper would get at least one hit in every game from this date on until July 26 – nearly a calendar month.

July 1
Carreon the Losing Streak No More: Thanks in large part to homers by Shawon Dunston, Barry Bonds, and Mark Carreon, the Giants snapped an ugly 10-game losing streak on this date in 1996 by defeating the Colorado Rockies 9-6 at 3Com Park.  See?  Things could be worse.

July 2
A Japanese Miracle at Coors: In a 18-5 Giants laugher over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on this date in 2002, every Giants starter collected at least one base hit – including #8 hitter Tsuyoshi Shinjo, who went 5-for-6 with a pair of home runs including a two-out grand slam in the first inning.  Shinjo’s career game was certainly a fluky milestone – he would go on to hit two more home runs and drive in nine more runs for the remainder of 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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