This Week in Giants Baseball History

It's spring on the baseball calendar, and on the nature calendar this means a season of birth. Thus you will find some former Giants' birthdays below, as well as the usual transactions and ephemera.

March 5
Stanford Platooner: Former Cardinal and San Francisco Giants platoon outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds was born on this date in 1971, in Plainfield, NJ.  The career .272 hitter spent parts of two seasons as a Giant during 2003-04.

March 6
Goodbye, Jerry: This date in 1973 marked the end of Jerry Johnson's run as closer for the Giants, as he was selected off waivers by the Cleveland Indians.  Johnson had a career year with San Francisco in 1971, when he won 12 games, saved 18 more, and finished sixth in the NL Cy Young voting.

March 7
A Giant to Close out His Career: He was a Giant for only the final 41 games of the 1998 season, but Joe Carter was a class act throughout his 16-year career.  He was born on this date in 1960, in Oklahoma City, OK, and will be best remembered for that walk-off home run off of Philadelphia Phillies reliever Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams to win the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays.

March 8
Back When the Giants Swung for the Grapefruits: He wasn't with the Giants for very long during his Hall of Fame career, but Rogers Hornsby made his Giants debut in a spring training game on this date in 1927.  New York beat the St. Louis Browns 13-1 in Florida.

March 9
Thrice a Giant: Former Giants first-round pick Terry Mulholland was born on this date back in 1963, in Uniontown, PA.  He was a Giant during 1986-89, 1995, and briefly again in 1997.

March 10
Paved the Way for Renel: On this date in 1993, the San Francisco Giants announced the hire of Sherry Davis, the first female public address announcer in Major League Baseball.  Davis would see the end of the Candlestick era, but was replaced by current P.A. Renel Brooks-Moon when the club moved into Pac Bell Park in 2000.

March 11
More Goat than King: Former Giant Salomon Torres was born on this date back in 1972, in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.  The current Pittsburgh Pirate is probably best known in these parts for that fateful final game of the season in 1993, a 12-1 loss in Los Angeles with the playoffs hanging in the balance.  Poor kid; glad to see he's back on his feet with the Bucs.

 



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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