This Week in Giants Baseball History

Well, it's the end of the year, and not a whole lot going on other than staying warm and holiday shopping – well, not the latter for the Giants, who traditionally have been quiet during this time of the year. A few transactions and birthdays below. Cheers!

December 25
An Irish Christmas: Happy birthday to former San Francisco Giants third baseman Tom O'Malley, born on this date back in 1960, in Orange, NJ.  O'Malley was drafted by the Giants in 1979, and played his first 2+ big league seasons in orange and black.

December 26
The Pickford Files: Fresno native Kevin Pickford signed three consecutive one-year contracts with the Giants, the first on this date in 2002.  As he did not accumulate any statistics as a Giant in his three seasons, one must assume he spent all of this time in the minors.  Either that or as a bit role in the cult classic Dazed and Confused.

December 27
David Has a Goliath Task: Former Giants bluechipper David Aardsma was born on this date in 1981, in Denver, CO.  He and another former young Giants pitcher, Jerome Williams, have the enviable duty of turning around the Chicago Cubs, who may actually be in for a worse 2007 season than the Giants.

December 28
Brian Powell, We Hardly Knew Ye: On this date in 2002 the Giants signed pitcher Brian Powell, who ended up pitching all of 4 2/3 innings in one game – giving up three home runs – for the team the following season.  Shortly after this outing, the Giants sold Powell to the Philadelphia Phillies.

December 29
Boston Buys Back a Shanty: After five superb seasons backstopping the New York Giants, Shanty Hogan returned to his original team, the Boston Braves, on this date in 1932.  The hefty catcher batted over .300 in four of his five seasons as a Giant, but upon leaving New York he would never play a full season again.

December 30
The One, (Thankfully) The Only: Warmest regards to former Giants catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who was born on this date in 1976, in Bridgehampton, NY.  I'm sure a lot of baseball fans would like to present you with a knuckle sandwich this holiday season – oh wait, Michael Barrett already did that for us.

December 31
SFDugout's New Year's Cheer: Thanks to all our readers for a wonderful year.  Here's to 2007 – have a safe and happy New Year's!

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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