This Week in Giants Baseball History

Did your favorite team go 0-for last week? These guys below certainly didn't. Stuff of the usual legends, and also some high pockets, a beaning the other way, and some dandy versatility. Now about that 2006 squad…

July 31
‘Niners-Steelers?: The San Francisco Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates on this date in  1971 by a football score of 15-11 at Candlestick Park.  The 15 runs were aided by six team doubles and a grand slam by rookie Dave Kingman.  At least one team scored in every inning until the ninth.

August 1
Cha Cha Chicanery: The Giants again defeated the Pirates on this date in 1959, only this time at Seals Stadium with a final score of 9-5.  Another young Giant contributed largely to the victory – this time future Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda.  Playing third base, the Baby Bull was the complete package as he went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two runs driven in, and three stolen bases.  Cepeda’s third hit of the game was part of a five-run rally in the seventh that gave the Giants the lead for good.

August 2
How About This Guy for a Late Innings Reliever: Scoring three times in the top of the eighth inning, the visiting Giants came from behind to defeat the New York Mets 5-4 at Shea Stadium.  The wining pitcher was none other than “reliever” Juan Marichal, who pitched the last 1 1/3 innings in a rare relief appearance to pick up his 17th victory of the season.

August 3
Giants Rally Off a Young Trevor Hoffman (Literally): The Giants overcame a two-run deficit in the top of the seventh inning on this date in 1993, and they nearly took off young reliever Trevor Hoffman’s head in doing so.  With two outs and a runner on first, Robby Thompson’s line drive nailed Hoffman in the head for a double, putting runners on second and third.  After the stunned Padres replaced Hoffman, the Giants went on to score four runs on four successive two-out hits by Will Clark, Matt  Williams, Barry Bonds, and Willie McGee, and the Giants never looked back for a 12-7 victory at San Diego.  Hoffman would shake off the incident, and the rest is history.

August 4
Classic Marichal: Forget pitch counts.  After nine full innings at Crosley field on this date in 1965, Marichal had yielded 12 hits while striking out 14 Cincinnati Reds, but the score was still deadlocked at 3 apiece.  When the Giants pushed across the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth, the Dominican Dandy went out to finish what he started, and retired the side in order for a 10-inning complete game, his 17th victory of the season.

August 5
High Fives for High Pockets: A handful of Giants have had five hits in a game.  One of the first was Hall of Famer and native San Franciscan George “High Pockets” Kelly, who accomplished this feat on this date in 1922 at the Polo Grounds as the New York Giants walloped the Chicago Cubs 19-7.

August 6
Hive Fives for the Say Hey Kid: And it should come as no surprise that Willie Mays accomplished the above feat more than any other Giant – ironically, five times.  The last time came on this date in 1962 in a 9-2 Giants victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Candlestick Park.  Mays hit two two-run home runs in the first and second innings, and singled in the fourth, fifth, and eighth innings.

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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