The First San Francisco Manager: Career New York Giants infielder and Alameda native Bill Rigney became the first manager in San Francisco Giants history, as he signed on for two more seasons on this date in 1957 after taking over the reigns from his manager Leo Durocher in 1956. Rigney managed the Giants for 4+ seasons, and also became an Oakland Athletics television announcer late in his career.
This Buck Stopped at the Hall of Fame: Happy birthday to the family of Hall of Famer William “Buck” Ewing, born on this date in 1859 in Hoagland, OH. Predominantly a New York Giant during his 18-year career, this jack of all trades (he managed to play every position at least once during his career, including pitcher but mostly as an acclaimed catcher) finished with a career batting average of .303 and was an inaugural member of the Hall in 1939.
When We Were Fish: The Florida Marlins won Game 1 of the 1997 World Series on this date, thanks in large to three future Giants. Rookie Livan Hernandez went the first 5+ innings for the victory, Moises Alou hit a 3-run home run off of loser Orel Hershiser, and Robb Nen pitched the final inning to preserve a 7-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Pro Player Stadium.
Home Run Derby Series Opener: Five home runs were hit in the 2002 World Series opener on this date in Anaheim, with the Giants outslugging the now Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4-3. Barry Bonds, Reggie Sanders, and J.T. Snow homered in support of starter Jason Schmidt, who gave up two solo shots to eventual World Series MVP Troy Glaus.
A Dandy Day: Happy birthday to one of the greatest Giants ever, Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal, born on this date in 1937, in Laguna Verde, Dominican Republic. High leg kick salute!
Raising Seals in Arizona: Further establishing roots out west, the Giants purchased the single A minor league team in Phoenix on this date in 1957. The Giants then moved the San Francisco Seals to this location and renamed them the Phoenix Giants.
Bonds to the Yankees? It’s Happened Before: On this date in 1974, the Giants and the New York Yankees consummated a trade in which Bobby Bonds changed to pinstripes in exchange for Bobby Murcer. Murcer had two solid seasons in San Francisco, while Bonds went 30-30 for the third time in his career, but was traded to Anaheim after just one season in New York.
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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