June 29, 1905
With the Giants leading the Superbas, 11-1, Archibald ‘Moonlight’ Graham makes his major league debut in the bottom of the eighth inning as a defensive replacement in right field at Brooklyn’s Washington Park. The career minor leaguer, who will not have a major league at-bat in his only appearance in the big leagues, will become immortalized by W.P. Kinsella’s book Shoeless Joe and the movie based on the author’s work, Field of Dreams. (Nationalpastime.com)
June 26, 1934
Giants’ pitcher Carl Hubbell notches his 200th victory as the Giants defeat the Cubs, 5-1. (Nationalpastime.com)
June 26, 1944
At the Polo Grounds with over 50,000 fans looking on, the New York major league teams play against each other in a six inning three-team game (a team played consecutive innings against the other two teams then sat out an inning). The contest, which was played to raise money for war bonds, ends with the final score of Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0. (Nationalpastime.com)
June 26, 1946
Mel Ott retires as a player but continues his job as Giants manager. (Nationalpastime.com)
June 24, 1950
Giants’ catcher Wes Westrum, a low average, high power defensive catcher, hits three home runs and a triple. The 27-year old backstop’s fifteen total bases help New York defeat Cincinnati at the Polo Grounds, 12-2. (Nationalpastime.com)
June 24, 1950
Willie Mays makes his professional baseball debut playing centerfield for Trenton, the Giants’ farm team in the Class B Inter State League. The 20-year old outfielder from Alabama goes hitless in the game against Hagerstown in Maryland, but will hit .353 in 81 games, before being promoted to the Minneapolis Millers, the Triple A affiliate of the parent club. (Nationalpastime.com)
June 15, 1940
At the Polo Grounds, Giants catcher Harry “The Horse” Danning hits for the cycle, becoming the last player to have an inside-the-park as part of this rare feat.
June 13, 1905
New York Giants hurler Christy “Big Six” Mathewson pitches his second career no-hitter defeating the Cubs, 1-0.
June 13, 1913
Future Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson of the NY Giants wins his 300 career game when the Giants edge the Cubs, 3-2.
A wonderful meeting took place last night as the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse welcomed the NYGPS and guest speaker Andrew Baggarly. Andrew is one of the best beat writers in the biz and spoke Giants baseball to an enthusiastic and grateful crowd. Andrew spoke about his new book Giants Splash which “Celebrates the golden age of San Francisco Giants baseball.Since the team moved to the shores of McCovey Cove in 2000, Giants fans have been thrilled by iconic players, historic moments, and heroic performances—not to mention three World Series championships. Giant Splash takes readers onto the field and inside the clubhouse for every unforgettable moment: Barry Bonds’ record-setting home runs, Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter, Matt Cain’s perfect game, Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off pennant winner, and many more. Order your copy here:
I began reading the book last night and as an avid Giants fan, it is tough to put down. As Andy stated, “We have been spoiled since moving into AT&T Park(Pac Bell) It is fabulous reliving all the great events that have occurred there.
We would like to thank Andy for taking the time out of his busy schedule to chat with us. The MLB Amateur Draft was last night and he didn’t let that deter him from speaking to us.
Also thanks to Jay Goldberg for making his home ours. No better place to get a Father’s Day gift or a graduation gift than at
JUNE 6, 1938
In a 17-3 win over the Reds at the Polo Grounds, the Giants become the first team to hit five home runs in one inning. Harry Danning, Frank Demaree, Burgess Whitehead, Manny Salvo, and Joe Moore all go deep with two outs in the fourth inning. (Nationalpastime.com)
June 3, 1932
Citing poor health, the Giants announce the resignation of long time skipper, John McGraw. During his thirty-two year tenure, the fiery manager won three World Series and nine National League pennants, including a record four consecutive flags. (Nationalpastime.com)
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)