Bushed at the Polo Grounds: Way, way before the Bay Bridge Series, the Philadelphia Athletics defeated the New York Giants in the 1913 World Series four games to one. In Game 3, played on this date at the Polo Grounds, A's starter Joe Bush became (and remains) the youngest pitcher to throw a complete game in a World Series game, as he went the distance in an 8-2 Philadelphia triumph.
Free Passes from the Senators Not Enough: In Game 7 of the 1924 World Series, Giants batters showed their patience against Washington Senators pitching – particularly future Hall of Famer Ross Youngs, who tied the NL World Series record by walking four times in the game – but patience was not enough to overcome Walter Johnson and the Senators, who would not be denied the 4-3 victory in 12 innings at Griffith Stadium.
The Once and Short Future King: Former Major League pitcher Clyde King was named the new manager of the San Francisco Giants on this date in 1968, replacing Herman Franks. King would lead the Giants to 90 victories in 1969, but was ignominiously fired after the Giants blew an 8-0 lead to the San Diego Padres in May 1970.
Mathewson's Might: In a feat that will probably never be equaled in the modern era, Christy Mathewson earned the second of three complete game shutout victories in the 1905 World Series by blanking the Philadelphia Athletics 9-0 on this date at Columbia Park. Mathewson also won Game 1 by a score of 3-0, and in the decisive Game 5 again came up big, winning 2-0. All five games in the series were shutouts.
And So Ended the 1888 Season: Had to dig deep for this one. The Giants set the NL season attendance record on this date, with a whopping 305,000 fans at the old Polo Grounds.
The Beginning of the Renaming Nonsense: Apparently Pac Bell Park wasn't corporate enough – on this date in 2003 the Giants announced that their new ballpark would be renamed SBC Park. This lasted all of a few years.
All Tied up with One to Go: The Giants staved off elimination in the 1962 World Series by winning Game 6 on this date with a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees at Candlestick Park. Giants starting pitcher Billy Pierce went the distance with a 3-hitter, outdueling Whitey Ford. Orlando Cepeda paced the Giants with three hits and two RBIs.
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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