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)
Our next NYGPS meeting will be on June 21 at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse at 6:30PM, with author Robert Garratt, who will be talking about his new book entitled: HOME TEAM: THE TURBULENT HISTORY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, a great new book on the Giants that NY fans will very much enjoy if they have kept their fandom when the team moved westward.
Here is the synopsis:
In 1957 Horace Stoneham took his Giants of New York baseball team and headed west, starting a gold rush with bats and balls rather than pans and mines. But San Francisco already had a team, the Seals of the Pacific Coast League, and West Coast fans did not immediately embrace the newcomers.
Starting with the franchise’s earliest days and following the team up to recent World Series glory, Home Team chronicles the story of the Giants and their often topsy-turvy relationship with the city of San Francisco. Robert F. Garratt shines light on those who worked behind the scenes in the story of West Coast baseball: the politicians, businessmen, and owners who were instrumental in the club’s history.
Home Team presents Stoneham, often left in the shadow of Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, as a true baseball pioneer in his willingness to sign black and Latino players and his recruitment of the first Japanese player in the Major Leagues, making the Giants one of the most integrated teams in baseball in the early 1960s. Garratt also records the turbulent times, poor results, declining attendance, two near-moves away from California, and the role of post-Stoneham owners Bob Lurie and Peter Magowan in the Giants’ eventual reemergence as a baseball powerhouse. Garratt’s superb history of this great ball club makes the Giants’ story one of the most compelling of all Major League franchises.
This should be a terrific meeting following the ones with Dan Taylor, Jerry Liebowitz & Hal Bock, and our impromptu session at the Polo Grounds with Mark Melacon. Please RSVP ASAP as we expect a full house. Books can be purchased for $26 that night. (Hard-covered)
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)
On, May 25th, the NYGPS held its second meeting of the year at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in lower Manhattan. Jerry Liebowitz and Hal Bock shared the program with close to 30 members in attendance. Liebowitz, batting lead-off, displayed many of his one of a kind pieces of NY Giants memorabilia via a video presentation. His collection is truly remarkable. Bock, the highly acclaimed author, spoke about his new book, Banned, which details players who have been banned from the National Pastime for various infractions. Bock spoke of the NY Giants players and personnel who were “banned”. Liebowitz and Bock both took questions from the crowd. The NYGPS would once again like to thank Jay Goldberg for making the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse www.bergino.com our home base!!
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.