This Week in Giants Baseball History

The all-Giants/Cardinals edition! Some very interesting, intertwined stories from the past for the two franchises this week, most of it good for the Giants -- with the exception of that not-so-little trade in 1966.

May 7

Scoring 13 Runs is Always Lucky: The San Francisco Giants had some powerful offensive lineups during the 1960s, and 1966 was no exception. On this date in said year, the Giants had the most prolific third inning in Major League history, scoring 13 times in the third inning in a 15-2 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The inning featured a two-run home run by Jim Ray Hart, a grand slam by Orlando Cepeda, and even two hits by starting pitcher Juan Marichal.

May 8

The First "Worst Trade in San Francisco History": In the irony of ironies, Cepeda never had to repack his bags after his fireworks above. San Francisco fans were probably thinking bull of a different substance on this date in 1966, when management dealt the Baby Bull to the team they just defeated -- the aforementioned Cardinals -- in exchange for pitcher Ray Sadecki. Sadecki's three-plus season tenure in San Francisco ended with a losing record; Cepeda won the the NL MVP award with the Cardinals the following season.

May 9

More Cards Bashing: At the Polo Grounds on this date in 1951, the New York Giants pounded the flu-ridden Cardinals 17-2. Future Giants skipper Alvin Dark led the way with two doubles and a triple. The win went to Sal Maglie, whose 23-win season placed him fourth in the NL MVP voting that year.

May 10

Another Trade with the Cards Involving a Hall-of-Famer (Sort of): On this date in 1928, the New York Giants traded away veteran outfielder George Harper in exchange for catcher Bob O'Farrell. O'Farrell had two good and two so-so years behind the plate for the New York, but in hindsight the key aspect of the trade was Harper's replacement in the Giants outfield – a youngster named Mel Ott.

May 11

Mitch Downs… Who Else -- the Cards: It took 16 innings, but the Giants defeated the Cardinals 5-4 at Busch Stadium on this date in 1988. Kevin Mitchell's third hit of the game -- a solo home run –--provided the go-ahead run, making a winner out of Atlee Hammaker. The game was the sixth game to go into extra innings that day, which tied a record.

May 12

Gotta Believe in Gott: He didn't figure in the decision, but starting pitcher Jim Gott certainly helped the Giants' cause by hitting two solo home runs in a 5-4, 10-inning San Francisco victory over the Cardinals at Candlestick Park on this date in 1985. A one-out single by first baseman David Green -- his third hit of the game -- plated Chili Davis for the winning run.

May 13

Merkled to Death: 55 years before the San Francisco Giants scored 13 runs against the Cardinals, the New York Giants did it first on this date in 1911, in a 19-5 thumping at the Polo Grounds. This time, the 13 runs were scored in the very first inning, with first baseman Fred Merkle driving in six runs on a double and an inside-the-park home run. The run support made an easy winner out of Hall-of-Famer Christy Mathewson, who pitched just one inning -- the first -- but was awarded the victory anyway by the official scorer. Young Rube Marquard came on in relief and promptly struck out 14 Cardinals through the next eight innings.



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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