This Week in Giants Baseball History

Now that the offseason is officially underway, let's change the focus to awards, transactions, and the random birthdays. Below are a few of each, and this author hopes that the current team can add a lot to this list by this time next year!

October 30
ROY – Count on It: On this date in 1975, San Francisco Giants pitcher John "The Count" Montefusco was named the NL Rookie of the Year after compiling a 15-9 record with an ERA of 2.88. That's fine and dandy, but the trouble is that the Giants haven't had one since!

October 31
One Way to Get a Manager: Speaking of ROYs, the Giants traded for a former one on this date in 1960, as they swapped infielder Andre Rodgers for Atlanta Braves and former Giants shortstop Alvin Dark. However, Dark's playing days were over – the Giants signed him to a 2-year deal as a manager.

November 1
Whose Pastime?: Despite sending over an All-Star filled lineup to Japan that included Steve Finley, Barry Bonds, and others, the American team lost to the Japanese All-Stars 6-5 on this date in 1996. The Japanese team featured some yahoos named Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki.

November 2
A Gold Glove for Each Finger: Giants resident wizard Omar Vizquel won his tenth Gold Glove Award on this date in 2005 – his first such award with the Giants. His remake of a Goo Goo Dolls song earlier that year, however, did not see any gold.

November 3
Brushed Back By Gibby: Despite going 23-13 with a 3.20 ERA in a whopping 328+ innings, Giants pitcher Gaylord Perry finished runner up in the NL Cy Young Award voting on this date in 1970. The winner? Some dude named Bob Gibson (23-7, 3.12, 294).

November 4
The One That Wasn't: Former high-profile Giants recruit Osvaldo Fernandez was born on this date in 1968, in Holguin, Cuba. The Cuban defector proved to be defective, or at least ineffective in a Giants uniform, compiling a 10-27 record with an ERA well over 4.50 during his two-year stint in San Francisco.

November 5
The Job of the Century: Braves third baseman Terry Pendleton won the NL MVP award on this date in 1991, despite runner-up Barry Bonds' superior numbers (.292/25/116 and 43SB to Pendleton's .319/22/86). Guess the press took into consideration the clubhouse charm factor.

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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