This Week in Giants Baseball History

Some key memories from the 1980s below, much of them building blocks for a champion roster. Can the same be said for this year's Giants? Stay tuned…

January 29
The End of the McCarty Era: Stanford grad David McCarty played in parts of two seasons with the San Francisco Giants, but no more after this date in 1998, as he was traded to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Jalal Leach and minor leaguer Scott Smith.  The trade was likely precipitated by the first-year success of J.T. Snow as a Giant the previous season (.281/28/104).

January 30
Unemployed Kong: After his worst season in the majors (.198/13/29), Dave Kingman was cut by the New York Mets on this date in 1984.  To the surprise of many, the former Giant had a resurgent year with the Oakland Athletics in 1984 at age 35, and he would hit exactly 100 home runs in three seasons with the A's.

January 31
Okay, This Has Little to Do with the Giants Per Se, But: Three Hall of Famers who tormented the Giants at some point share this date as a birthday – Nolan Ryan, Ernie Banks, and Jackie Robinson.  The Ryan Express spent 14 of his 27 career seasons in the NL with the Mets and Houston Astros.  Mr. Cub of course spent all 19 of his pro seasons with the Chicago Cubs, twice beating out Willie Mays for the NL MVP.  And upon breaking the color barrier in 1947, Robinson was a terror on the basepaths and a perennial MVP candidate for Brooklyn.

February 1
Ripped Off?: On this date in 1985, the Giants traded away one of their most consistent hitters in Jack Clark to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for four players – 1B/OF David Green, 1B Gary Rajsich (not Radnich), pitcher Dave LaPoint, and a young infielder named Jose Uribe.  Green, Rajsich, and LaPoint would each last only one season in San Francisco; Uribe, however, would become a mainstay for several years.  As for Jack the Ripper, he would go on to have a stellar 1985 playing first base with the Cardinals (.281/22/87), but the Giants would soon have another Clark manning first base.

February 2
Three Stops Before San Francisco: Prior to 1999, it was hard to believe that Reggie Sanders could play for any other team than the Cincinnati Reds, his only team for eight seasons.  However, on this date in 1999, Sanders began his long trek as baseball's one-season hired gun, as he and two other players were traded from the Reds to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Greg Vaughn and current Giant Mark Sweeney.

February 3
LaCoss at a LaCost: After being released by the Kansas City Royals (which wasn't that much of an ignominy back then), pitcher Mike LaCoss signed with the Giants on this date in 1986.  The oft-injured LaCoss pitched effectively when he could, and spent the final six seasons of his career in orange and black.

February 4
Atlee Re-Signs: After a 5-12 campaign the previous season, Atlee Hammaker re-upped with the Giants on this date in 1987, and it worked out pretty well – Hammaker won 10 games for the surprise NL West champions.

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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