26 IN A ROW: THE 1916 NEW YORK GIANTS AND BASEBALL’S LONGEST WINNING STREAK-ALEX DRUDE

Brand new book about the longest winning streak in MLB history, held by the 1916 New York Giants:

In September, 1916, the New York Giants caught fire and made baseball history. It’s a tale complete with Hall of Famers, has-beens, and never-weres. It includes players who are remembered for something completely different or are now forgotten because baseball has re-written them out of the record books. The forces that would help tear baseball apart and then bring it back together after the Black Sox Scandal are all here, bubbling under the surface as the Giants continue to win game after game. The streak has never been fully looked at or understood until now.

THEY PLAYED BASEBALL FOR THE GIANTS?: A HISTORY OF FORGOTTEN PLAYERS FROM NEW YORK TO SAN FRANCISCO-JEFF WAGNER

A new book by Jeff Wagner. Here is the Amazon synopsis: Honus Wagner, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Johnnie Mize, Frank Frisch, Willie Keeler, Steve Carlton, Randy Johnson. Some of the greatest players to ever play major league baseball. All Hall-of-Famers. But did you know they each have one other thing in common? They all played baseball for the New York/San Francisco Giants franchise at some point in their career! Whether at the beginning, end, or somewhere in between, they all wore the black and orange at some point, and will always be considered members of the Giants family.

They Played Baseball for the Giants? Explores these and over 25 other players that you may have forgotten or didn’t know donned a Giants uniform, including 15 MLB Hall-of-Famers, two NFL Hall-of-Famers, an Olympic champion, and a character from the movie Field of Dreams. So, whether their tenure lasted several years or several months, explore the fascinating stories surrounding how these players became a New York or San Francisco Giant, and what they did while they were one.

JOEY AMALFITANO RETIRES

The Giants player development coach, who played with the team in the 1950s and 1960s, is retiring days before his 87th birthday.

By Brady Klopfer

On Saturday it was revealed that Joey Amalfitano, who held a player development role with the San Francisco Giants, was retiring.

According to current 3b Coach Ron Wotus:

The greatest 3B coach of all time just retired yesterday. Joe Amalfitano, a treasure in baseball. Wow, what a tremendous career you have had. The Giants will miss you!! I will miss you! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and for your tutelage! It will always be with me.

Amalfitano, who will turn 87 later this month, had one hell of a journey in baseball. It included three stints as a player with the Giants, including one while the team was still in New York. According to John Shea, Amalfitano was in a Giants jersey at the Polo Grounds when Willie Mays made perhaps the most iconic catch in baseball history.

He managed the Chicago Cubs, and worked as a coach for five different teams, including four seasons in the 1970s with the Giants. And in the latter stages of his career, he turned to consulting and developing.

What an impressive career. 67 years in the big leagues … enjoy retirement!

12 NY GIANTS ARE STILL WITH US

Here is a list of the remaining 12 living members of the NY Giants, with their birth-dates starting with January.

■Joe Margoneri 1956-57 B: 1/13/1930 P

■Joey Amalfitano 1954-55 B:1/23/1934 INF

■Bill White 1956 B: 1/28/1934 1B

■Al Worthington 1953-54, 1956-57 B: 2/5/1929 P

■Jackie Brandt 1956 B: 4/28/1934 OF

■Ed Bressoud 1956-57 B: 5/2/1932 SS

■Willie Mays 1951-52, 1954-57 B: 5/6/1931 OF

■Ozzie Virgil 1956-57 B: 5/17/1933 INF

■Wayne Terwilliger 1955-56 B: 6/27/1925 2B

■Pete Burnside 1955, 1957 B: 7/2/1930 P

■Billy Gardner 1954-55 B: 7/19/1927 2B

■Ray Crone 1957 B: 8/7/1931 P

Wayne Terwilliger is the oldest living member of the New York Giants (95), while Jackie Brandt is the youngest at 86.  Willie Mays is the oldest living Hall of Famer.

THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: JANUARY 22, 1913

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)
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