This Week in Giants Baseball History

No rain-outs here; rather, a few near-gems by Sam Jones, some long flies by the original Big Mac, and the New York Yankees playing the heroes? Nothing like living in the past.

April 16

A Homer Thwarts Sad Sam: On this date in 1960 at Candlestick Park, Sam Jones threw a complete game one-hitter as the Giants defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-1. The Cubs' lone hit was a home run by pinch-hitter Walt Moryn in the eighth inning. Jones finished his often-brilliant career with several low-hit games, including two no-hitters (one of them shortened by rain).

April 17

This One's For the Titanic: Baseball cares, and not just about its own revenue – on this date in 1912 the New York Giants and New York Yankees played a charity game at the Polo Grounds for the survivors of the Titanic, which sank three days prior. The Giants won handily, defeating the newly pinstriped Yankees 11-2.

April 18

Stan the Man Thwarts Sad Sam: On this date in 1959, Jack Sanford one-hit the St. Louis Cardinals in an 8-1 victory at Candlestick Park, with the lone hit a bloop single by Hall of Famer Stan Musial in the seventh inning. How did the Cards score their lone run? By an initial bout of wildness by Sanford – three walks, a hit batsman, and a wild pitch – all in the top of the first inning.

April 19

Bye, Bye to a Great One: Legendary Giants announcer Russ Hodges (he of "The Giants Win the Pennant!" fame, among other calls) passed away in nearby Mill Valley on this date in 1971. Hodges began his career in broadcasting in 1929, and spanned four decades as the voice of the Giants, retiring in 1970.

April 20

200 Reasons to Feel Blue (the Good Kind of Blue): Vida Blue earned his 200th career victory on this date in 1986, a 4-0 Giants victory at Candlestick. Future Giant Dave Dravecky took the loss.

April 21

Invasion of the Phillie Snatchers: 103 years ago on this date, Christy Mathewson and the Giants lost their 1904 home opener at the Polo Grounds 12-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies. All has since been forgiven.

April 22

Willie Mac Strikes Thrice: Against the Milwaukee Brewers on this date in 1964 in front of fellow Mobile, AL native Hank Aaron at County Stadium, Willie McCovey belted three home runs in an 8-6 Giants victory. Stretch homered in each of his first three at bats – leading off the second inning off Brewers starter Donny Lemaster, with Willie Mays on board in a 5-run third inning, and with two out and none on in the fifth inning.


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