MAY 30, 1921
The Eddie Grant Memorial, built in memory of a former Giants player killed in World War I, is dedicated at the Polo Grounds. The five-foot high monument is located at the base of the clubhouse wall in center field.(Nationalpastime.com)
MAY 29, 1916
The Giants beat the Braves in Boston, 3-0, for their 17th consecutive road win. Christy Mathewson gets the victory. (Nationalpastime.com)
MAY 29, 1928
At Ebbets Field, Bill Terry hits for the cycle to pace the Giants to a 12-5 victory over the Robins (Dodgers). The New York first baseman is the first player in major league history to include a grand slam as part of the cycle. (Nationalpastime.com)
MAY 28, 1951
After starting his career 0-for-12, Giants rookie Willie Mays gets his first hit, a 450-foot homer off Braves left-hander Warren Spahn.
May 28, 1957,
National League owners voted unanimously to allow the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to move to San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively, at the mid-season owner’s meeting. For the move to take place, both teams had to move together and both had to notify MLB prior to October 1, 1957. The Giants would formally announce their intention to leave for San Francisco on August 19, 1957. “Stay Team Stay” a slogan the fans came to use, fell on deaf ears. The NY Giants would soon be no more.
MAY 27, 1904
Giants’ infielder Dennis McGann steals five bases to establish a major league record. The 32-year old Kentucky native’s thievery helps New York beat Brooklyn at the Polo Grounds, 3-1.
MAY 27, 1937
Carl Hubbell, working two innings in relief, wins his 24th consecutive game when the Giants beat Cincinnati, 3-2. Mel Ott’s ninth-inning home run proves to be the difference in the Crosley Field contest.(Nationalpastime.com)
MAY 27, 1951
A large ad appears in the Minnesota Sunday Times asking the local fans for their continued support of the Millers despite the promotion of the team’s phenom to the major leagues. Giants owner Horace Stoneham explains Willie Mays’ performance, .477 batting average and hitting safely in 33 of 35 games, has warranted the young outfielder’s move to the Polo Grounds in New York. (Nationalpastime.com)
May 25, 1951
At Shibe Park, the much-heralded Giant rookie Willie Mays makes his major league debut against the Phillies. The 20-year old outfielder, who hit .477 in 35 games with the Minneapolis Millers before being called up, goes hitless in five trips to the plate, but makes two outstanding defensive plays to contribute to New York’s 8-5 victory.
MAY 18, 1942
Night games in New York are banned for the duration of WW II, leaving fans in the dark about the status of the All-Star game scheduled to be played at the Polo Grounds on the evening of Monday, July 6. The prohibition of nighttime tilts, announced by NYC Police Commissioner Lewis J.Valentine, will change the starting times for 28 contests involving the Dodgers and Giants. (The first night game at Yankee Stadium will be played in 1946)(Nationalpastime.com)
HOUSTON – Hall of Famer Monte Irvin played for the 1954 New York Giants who swept the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. His championship ring was stolen from his home in the ‘60s. No problem. He has three more in his possession, thanks to the Giants’ three titles in five years. The third was hand-delivered today by team president Larry Baer and general manager Bobby Evans at Irvin’s daughter’s home in West Houston, about 20 minutes from Minute Maid Park, where the Giants are playing a two-game series.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Irvin, 96, said after receiving the ring. “Baseball has been my life since I was 8 years old.”
Irvin, one of the first two African Americans to play for the Giants, along with Hank Thompson (in 1949), is protective of the three rings and plans to keep his new jewelry in a safe deposit box with his 2010 and 2012 models.“It’s so expensive compared to the ones that were given out years ago. This will really be well-kept,” Irvin said. “I’ll wear it only for special occasions . . . like going to the White House.”
During a two-hour visit with Irvin and his family, as the former outfielder spun tales of the Negro Leagues, his days with the Giants and teammate Willie Mays, Baer asked him if he ever had the chance to meet President Obama. Irvin said no but would love to. Right away, Baer invited Irvin and his family to join the Giants in their White House visit next month. It’s already on the Irvins’ family calendar. His daughter, Patricia Gordon, and grand daughter, Stacie Gordon Ashley, saw to it. “Monte is a treasure, a baseball treasure and a Giants treasure,” Baer said after his visit. “He represents our heritage going back to 1949. He represents the game of baseball in the same mold of Jackie Robinson, the same mold of that era. While he wasn’t on the field in 2014, what he did in his history with the Giants made it possible for those who were on the field. “He bridges cultural values in the most dignified way possible. I got chills walking in and seeing him today.” Five other Giants hall of Famers — Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda and Gaylord Perry — received World Series rings last month when the current players got theirs in an on-field pregame ceremony.
John Shea is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter @JohnSheaHey