This Week in Giants Baseball History

It's getting close to spring time, which means the transactions are wining down, as are the fishing trips and other offseason activities in anticipation of spring training. Well, a couple of pre-Arizona/Florida deals below, and a fight that would make daytime television blush.

February 12
The Player Named Later: Whatever happened to Tom Lampkin?  He backstopped the San Francisco Giants for a few years during 1995-96, then was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later.  That player?  Well, it turned out to be reliever Rene Arocha, who was sent to the Giants on this date in 1997, and pitched ineffectively in six big league outings.

February 13
Catching on with Dem Bums: In one of the few trades between the two ballclubs, the Giants sent All-Star catcher Tom Haller and a minor leaguer to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for second baseman Ron Hunt and infielder Nate Oliver on this date in 1968.  And while the trade might have worked out better for the Dodgers, as Haller had four productive years in LA, Haller would find his way back to San Francisco in the late 1970s as a coach and later Vice President of baseball operations.

February 14
Whitey Baltimore Bound: A 13-year veteran with the Giants since the New York days beginning in 1945, first baseman Whitey Lockman was sold to the Baltimore Orioles on this date in 1959.  Turns out the Giants really needed the roster space – the everyday job was already Orlando Cepeda's, and rookie Willie McCovey would join the club later on that season.

February 15
Not Even Close to His Final Stop: The Gaylord Perry express continued into his 40s with another ballclub, as he was traded by the San Diego Padres back to the Texas Rangers on this date in 1980.  He wasn't done there – Perry would move onto stints with the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, and Seattle Mariners before calling it a career with the Kansas City Royals in 1983.

February 16
Rey back to New York: Another much-traveled former Giant, infielder Rey Sanchez, signed on for a second stint with the Yankees on this date in 2005.  At age 37, Sanchez was no longer an everyday player; however, that didn't stop the Yankees from paying him to play in 23 games.

February 17
Were They Being Interviewed on Jerry Springer?: On this date in 1980, Giants coach Jim Lefebvre endeared himself to Giants fans everywhere by punching Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda while in a television studio for separate interviews.  [Note – kids, please don't try this at home!]

February 18
Shawn of the Undead: Happy birthday to former Giant and frequent NL West resident Shawn Estes, born on this date in 1973, in San Bernardino, CA.  Estes pitched only once for the Padres before going under the knife for Tommy John surgery.  Best wishes, Shawn!



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 dongsoo411@yahoo.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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