This Week in Giants Baseball History

It's crunch time, and the Giants teams of the past made it happen with performances like the ones below, including some big first innings in Philadelphia, a no-hitter, and one of the best goat-to-hero stories in franchise history. Read on, dear reader...

September 11
We Will Never Forget: Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone for a better world.

September 12
Smackdown at the Mack: Powered by an 8-run first inning in which leadoff hitter Jim Davenport singled and hit a 3-run inside the park home run, the San Francisco Giants walloped the Philadelphia Phillies 19-2 at Connie Mack Stadium on this date in 1964. In addition to Davenport's four hits, Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda had three hits apiece, with the Baby Bull driving in five runs. Johnny Antonelli went the distance for his 15th victory of the season.

September 13
Mays at 500: In a 4-run top of the fourth inning, Willie Mays hit his 500th career home run and 47th of the season – a solo shot off of starter Don Nottebart – as the Giants defeated the Houston Astros 5-1 at the Astrodome on this date in 1965. Juan Marichal went the distance for his 22nd victory of the season.

September 14
The Brenly Game: Sure this is a repeat, but definitely worth repeating – former Giants catcher Bob Brenly tied a Major League record by committing four errors in one inning while getting a spot start at third base on this date in 1986 at Candlestick Park. The errors led to four unearned runs in – you guessed it – the fourth inning, but the future Arizona Diamondbacks manager showed his mettle by making up for them by driving in four runs in the ballgame – including a game-tying 2-run single in the seventh inning and a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth, his second home run of the game. Brenly and the Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6.

September 15
Run Mays Run: The Giants again had a big first inning at Connie Mack Stadium – scoring five runs – but it took eleven innings this time to down the Phillies 8-6 on this date in 1960. It also took a lot of running from Mays, as he set a franchise record with three of his five hits in the game going for triples – with his third triple of the game in the top of the eleventh driving in the winning run. Antonelli again was the winner in this game, but this time by pitching 4+ innings of relief.

September 16
ust Get on Base, Baby: How do you steal three bases and score half of your team's eight runs in the ballgame without a base hit? Ask Darren Lewis. The former Giants leadoff hitter did what he was supposed to do by reaching base in four of his five plate appearances – all via the base on balls. Clutch hits by Tom Herr and Kevin Bass led to the eventual 8-5 Giants win over the Braves at Candlestick Park on this date in 1991.

September 17
Perry's No-No: Two future Hall of Fame pitchers squared off on this date in 1968 at Candlestick Park – St. Louis Cardinals ace Bob Gibson and Giants hurler Gaylord Perry. Both pitchers went the distance, but Gibson's effort – one earned run on four hits with 10 strikeouts – wasn't enough for the Cards, since Perry threw the fifth no-hitter in the franchise's history for a 1-0 victory, walking two and striking out nine in the process. Second baseman Ron Hunt's solo shot off of Gibby in the bottom of the first inning accounted for the lone run in the ballgame.

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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