This Week in Giants Baseball History

With spring training games right around the corner, it's time to reminisce about… well, last minute transactions, birthdays, and the odd injury. Why, would you expect anything less from TWIGBH?

February 26
Saying No to the Knuckler: The New York Giants traded away future Hall of Fame knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm to the St. Louis Cardinals on this date in 1957.  Wilhelm would only go on to play 15 more seasons in a stellar 21-year career.  The man the Giants reacquired for Wilhelm, first baseman Whitey Lockman, played two more seasons as a Giant, and was one of the original San Francisco Giants in 1958.

February 27
A Scoop of a Trade: He only ended up staying in San Francisco for a partial season, but even at age 37 Al Oliver batted to the tune of .298 with 19 doubles in just 91 games.  The Giants acquired him on this date in 1984 via a trade in which they sent pitcher Fred Breining and outfielder Max Venable to the Montreal Expos in exchange for "Scoop."

February 28
A Winn Situation: Batting .359/14/26 in just 58 games as a Giant in 2005, Randy Winn did enough to convince the brass to extend his contract for three years on this date in 2006.  Winn's plate discipline inexplicably suffered in 2006, but hopefully batting down in the order in '07 will allow him to revert to better production.

March 1
Give the Gardner the Day Off Today: Happy birthday to former Giants pitcher and current bullpen coach Mark Gardner, born on this date in 1962 in Los Angeles, CA.  Cheers!

March 2
Finally Bull-rushing the Hall: After several years of campaigning, Giants great Orlando Cepeda was finally elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee on this date in 1999.  He might have won the 1967 NL MVP award while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, but Cepeda entered the hall with a Giants cap on.

March 3
Beware the Treadmill: Former Giant Moises Alou has had a knack for suffering odd injury during his long career.  No exception was his accident on this date in 1999, when as a member of the Houston Astros he had surgery to repair ligaments in his left knee after he was injured running on his treadmill in the Dominican Republic.

March 4
What Did $8 Million Buy in 1976?: Why, a whole baseball team!  Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth bought the team for this amount in 1976.  You can't even sign a Barry for that much these days.

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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