FEBRUARY 19, 1946
Danny Gardella becomes the first major league player to jump to the Mexican League. The outfielder goes south of the border lured by a salary of $10,000, more than double the amount offered by the Giants.
FEBRUARY 1, 1913
Jim Thorpe signs with the New York baseball Giants. The Olympic hero will compile a life-time .252 batting average during his six seasons in the major leagues, which includes stints with the Reds and Braves.
FEBRUARY 1, 1973
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues selection of Monte Irvin to the Hall of Fame. The outfielder spent five full seasons in the major leagues, and was the first black to play for the Giants.
JANUARY 31, 2001
The Wall Street Journal’s Joshua Prager quotes former players Monte Irvin, Sal Yvars and Al Gettel “admitting” the team stole catchers’ signs during the 1951 pennant race when the Giants overcame the Dodgers’ 13 1/2-game lead. According to Prager’s WSJ report, Bobby Thomson, whose three-run, ninth-inning walk-off homer in Game 3 of the National League playoffs won the pennant for New York, did not steal a sign before hitting his historic home run. (Nationalpastime.com)
JANUARY 28, 1949
Monte Irvin becomes the first African-American player, along with hurler Ford Smith, to sign with the Giants. Although the 29-year old outfielder will play only five full seasons in the major leagues, the former Newark Eagles standout will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973, primarily for his outstanding play in the Negro Leagues. (Nationalpastime.com)
JANUARY 22, 1913
The Giants agree to share the Polo Grounds with the Highlanders. The American League club, which will become known as the Yankees, had been playing their home games at Hilltop Park, located at 168th Street and Broadway, since 1903, when the franchise shifted from Baltimore to New York. (Nationalpastime.com)
JANUARY 20, 1906
Henry Mathewson signs with the Giants, but the right-hander’s performance will not remind anyone of his more talented brother, Christy. The 19 year-old will appear in just two major league games over the next two seasons compiling a 0-1 record along a 4.91 ERA. (Nationalpastime.com)
Last night, 1/18/2017, the NYGPS held its first meeting of the year with our gust speaker, author Dan Taylor. Dan co-authored a fabulous book on George Genovese, A Scout’s Report: My 70 Years in Baseball, and spoke about the book as well as his wishes about Genovese getting into the Hall of Fame in the future. Dan spoke for 50 minutes on everything having to do with both NY and SF Giants scouting, in particular Jack Schwarz and George Genovese in front of more than 2 dozen members of the NYGPS. Dan is truly a walking encyclopedia on Giants scouting, with unsurpassed knowledge and an amazing memory. Hearing him rattle off the names that Schwarz and Genovese brought to the Giants was truly a history lesson of some of the greats (or memorable) of the franchise. Those including: Mays, McCovey, Ken Henderson, Bobby Bonds, Matthews, Maddox, Jack Cark, Chili Davis, Jim Barr, George Foster, etc. He also went into details regarding the scouting department in general in regards to Marichal, Cepeda, and the Alou Bros. We thank Dan for a tremendous evening and also thank Jay Goldberg, for letting his house, The Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, http://www.bergino.com/
be our home base!!
JANUARY 17, 1922
Benny Kauff’s appeal to be reinstated as a major league player is denied by an appellate court. The former Giant outfielder believed his banishment from the game by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis is unjust due to his acquittal of the auto theft charges brought against him. (Nationalpastime.com)