This Week in Giants Baseball History

In this week's wheeling and dealing of the past, we have two sightings each of Joe Morgan and Mike McCormick, a few All-Star pitchers, a few slick-fielding centerfielders, and a partridge in a pear tree…

December 11
Say It Is So, Joe, Part One: Aging, yes.  But washed up at age 37?  The San Francisco Giants didn't think so (and don't they seem to have a penchant for signing veterans anyway?), and re-signed future Hall of Famer Joe Morgan on this date in 1981.  The move paid off, as Morgan rebounded from a marginal inaugural Giants season to win the Silver Slugger award for second base in 1982 at age 38.

December 12
Have Glove, Will Travel: After finishing out the 1995 season as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, former Giants Gold Glove centerfielder Darren Lewis signed with the Chicago White Sox as a free agent on this date in 1995.  The Berkeley native would play for a total of seven different teams until his final season in 2002.

December 13
Trading for a Cy Young Winner: The Giants did just that in 1966, when they traded away pitcher Bob Priddy and outfielder Cap Peterson to the Washington Senators in exchange for Mike McCormick.  His second stint with the Giants couldn't have started any better, as he had the best season of his career in winning the 1967 Cy Young Award.

December 14
Say It Is So, Joe, Part Two: In a deal involving two future baseball announcers, the Giants traded away 38-year old silver slugger Joe Morgan and pitcher Al Holland to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a guy named Mike Krukow on this date in 1982.  Kruk initially played on a few bad Giants teams, but managed 20 wins and third place in the Cy Young voting in 1986.

December 15
Goodbye, Then Hello Again in Four Years: Remember that part about Mike McCormick starting his second stint with the Giants in 1966?  His first stint with the team ended on this date in 1962, as he along with pitcher Stu Miller and catcher Johnny Orsino were sent to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for pitchers Jack Fisher, Billy Hoeft, and catcher Jim Coker.  None of the three new Giants would last more than a season in orange and black.

December 16
Wild Thing for Wild Hair?: With great fanfare, the Giants welcomed their first Japanese ballplayer since Masanori Murakami by trading away fan favorite Shawn Estes in exchange for outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo.  While his defense was superb, Shinjo never seemed too comfortable at the plate (as evidenced by his .238 batting average), and was released after just one season as a Giant.

December 17
A New Day for the Giants: John Day was named the New York Giants manager on this date in 1898.  His day was done, however, before the end of his first season, as Fred Hoey took over the reigns after 66 games in 1899.

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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