(30hr + 30sb) x 2: By hitting his 30th home run of the season on this date in 1992, then-Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds became one of only five players to have multiple seasons with at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. Bonds joined his father Bobby, his godfather Willie Mays, and two guys named Howard Johnson and Ron Gant. To date, Bonds has had three more such seasons with the San Francisco Giants, and three near-misses in 1998 (2 stolen bases shy), 1993, and 1994 (both seasons 1 stolen base shy).
Run, Mays, Run, Run, Run, Run: In a 13-4 pasting of the Pirates on this date in 1964 at Candlestick Park, Willie Mays did a little bit of everything in scoring five runs. Batting cleanup, he singled and scored in the first, reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch in the third, walked and scored in the fifth, and walked, stole second, scored, and hit a two-run home run in the 8-run seventh. The run support made an easy winner out of Juan Marichal, who picked up his 19th victory of the season.
30sb x 3: Mays stole his 30th base of the season on this date in 1958 his third consecutive season with 30 or more steals. Ironically, he would never reach this plateau again for the remainder of his career. Mays’ Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 at Busch Stadium.
The Dodger Walk of Life: Not the prettiest way to win it, but whatever in a 3-3 tie going into the bottom of the tenth inning on this date in 1969 at Candlestick Park, Los Angeles Dodgers “reliever” Pete Mikkelsen got the first two outs, but then intentionally walked Willie McCovey (who was 4-for-4 in the game). Mikkelsen then proceeded to walk the next two batters unintentionally, loading the bases. Pinch hitter Jim Davenport then hit a ball that Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills misplayed for an error, and Stretch scored the winning run from third.
Stretch Stretching the Field: Maybe the New York Mets should have walked McCovey, too, on this date in 1963 at Candlestick Park. The Giants slugger went 3-for-4, with all three of his hits leaving the ballpark for home runs. This was more than all three Alou brothers could muster combined and combine they did late in the ballgame, as Felipe, Matty, and Jesus comprised an all-Alou outfield in the seventh inning.
Giants’ Late Outbursts Does LA In: This is why you never give up hope trailing the Dodgers 8-0 going into the top of the seventh inning on this date in 1970 at Dodgers Stadium, the Giants took the lead by scoring nine runs in the inning, highlighted by home runs by Jim Ray Hart and Dick Dietz. The Dodgers tied the game with a run in the bottom of the eighth, and again in the bottom of the ninth both times with clutch two-out hits. No matter, since the Giants erupted for four runs in the top of the tenth including a 3-run shot by left fielder Ken Henderson. The Dodgers finally ran out of answers, and the Giants emerged victorious 14-10.
We Can Do It in Cinci, Too: Likewise, the Giants were trailing the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 going into the top of the fourth inning on this date in 1961 at Crosley Field. Then the flood gates opened up, again to the tune of nine runs including a 3-run home run by Jim Davenport and a grand slam by Orlando Cepeda. This knocked out 20-game winner Joey Jay and made an easy winner out of Jack Sanford, who won his 13th of the season. Final score 12-5 Giants.
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 email@example.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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