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.


2 thoughts on “THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: MAY 28, 1951 & 1957

  1. May 28, 1951 was a truly memorable day in NY…

    > You got that right, Steve, and thanks for reminding us. That was the day the greatest of them all, Willie Mays, got his first major league hit as a New York Giant: a home run to left with two outs and no one on off of star Boston Braves lefthander Warren Spahn. It was young Willie’s sixteenth major league at-bat, and the home run upped his batting average to an outstanding .063 🙂
    > Fourteen years later, Willie and Warren would wind up as teammates on the San Francisco Giants for part of the 1965 season. Willie hit 52 home runs that year; oddly enough, one of them was off of Spahn on April 25th of that season, before the veteran lefty signed as a free agent with San Francisco on July 19th after having been released by the New York Mets two days earlier.
    > Thanks for the memories, Steve! And to SABR’s Jacob Pomrenke for help with the research and links.

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