APRIL 2, 1952
In Denver, Giants’ Monte Irvin breaks his ankle sliding into third base during an exhibition game against Cleveland. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will appear in only 46 games this season, mostly as a pinch-hitter, batting .310. (Nationalpastime.com)
After spending 60 years in SF, Giants officials announced that they will be returning to NY for the 2018 season. The Giants will be playing in a brand-new ball park that Governor Andrew Cuomo approved. The Stadium will be called The Polo Grounds V and reside on the Upper West Side of NYC. The NY Giants fans who have all along claimed the team was on “vacation” now appear to have their team back. Giants officials at a hasty press conference revealed the team’s new logo, the NY skyline with a bold GIANTS and script New York in black and orange. The team also will be wearing special patches on both sleeves. It appears the Giants “left their heart” in NY after all!! Giants fans were told to remember the special date today (April 1) as well!! Baseball fans were reminded about this story that appeared in Sports Illustrated over 30 years ago on this date. http://www.si.com/mlb/2014/10/15/curious-case-sidd-finch
Thanks to the Knuckler for his wonderful logo and Brian’s ballparks!!!!
FEBRUARY 26, 1957
The Giants trade right-hander Hoyt Wilhelm to the Cardinals for their former all-star first baseman/outfielder Whitey Lockman. The knuckleballer will win only one of five decisions for the Redbirds before being selected off waivers by Cleveland in September, and New York’s newest infielder will spend two seasons with his old club hitting .246 in 225 games over that span.
FEBRUARY 25, 1934
At the age of 60, John McGraw dies at New Rochelle Hospital, two weeks after entering the facility with optimistic reports about his recovery. The renown Giants skipper, known as ‘Little Napolean’ due to his style and stature, won ten pennants and three world championships during his 30 years as the team’s manager.
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)