This Week in Giants Baseball History

With the All-Star break looming, here are a few All-Star memories – including a few Barry Bonds home runs (and one that wasn't), some forgettable Robb Nen moments, and the very first All-Star Game. More to come next week.

July 3
Dodge Ball: The Brooklyn Dodgers ran into trouble on the mound on this date in 1949.  His name was New York Giants starting pitcher Monte Kennedy, and not only did he throw a complete game shutout on the Dodgers, but he also hit a grand slam to add insult to injury in a 16-0 Giants laugher.

July 4
Born on the Fourth: Happy 64th to former San Francisco Giants infielder Hal Lanier, born on this date in 1942, in Denton NC.  Lanier is now managing the Joliet JackHammers in the Northern League.  Cheers!

July 5
The Bonds Family Can Hit: With a home run in a 6-4 loss against the Giants on this date in 1989, future Giant Barry Bonds and his father Bobby Bonds became the most prolific home run hitting father-son combination in the history of Major League Baseball with 408 round trippers.  The record had been previously held by two twosomes – Gus and Buddy Bell, and Yogi and Dale Berra – each with 407.

July 6
The First All-Star Game: MLB’s very first All-Star Game was played on this date in 1933, as part of the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago.  Aided by a 2-run home run from Babe Ruth, the American League defeated the National League 4-2 at Comisky Park.  The New York Giants sent four representatives to Chicago: pitchers Carl Hubbell and Hal Schumacher, first baseman Bill Terry, and pitcher-turned-outfielder Lefty O’Doul.  Hubbell pitched the final two shutout innings for the National League, Terry went 2-for-4, O’Doul grounded out as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning, and Schumacher never got in the game.

July 7
Record Runs at Coors: In the midst of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s quest for Roger Maris’s record, the 1998 All-Star Game was fittingly held on this date at Coors Field in Denver, with the American League outslugging the National League 13-8.  A 3-run home run by Barry Bonds in the fifth wasn’t enough, and didn’t help matters by allowing three earned runs in the top of the ninth.

July 8
Not Very Memorial at Memorial Stadium: The American League again defeated the National League 4-3 on this date in the 1958 All-Star Game, played in Baltimore.  Pitching ruled, as this was the first All-Star game without a single extra-base hit.  The newly San Francisco Giants sent three representatives – pitchers Johnny Antonelli, catcher Bob Schmidt, and outfielder Willie Mays – but only Mays saw any action, going 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot and scoring both NL runs.

July 9
No Winner at Miller: The 73rd All-Star Game at Miller Park, held on this date in 2002, will forever be remembered because of the fact that it ended in a 7-7 tie.  Commissioner Bud Selig furthered the embarrassment by failing to announce a Most Valuable Player.  Two of the Giants’ three All-Stars had games to forget – Robb Nen gave up the tying run to the AL by allowing an RBI triple to future Giant Omar Vizquel (who played second base in the game) in the eighth, and Benito Santiago struck out looking with runners on to end the ballgame tied in the eleventh.  Barry Bonds went 1-for-2 with a home run, and also had another home run robbed from him by Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter in the first.

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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