The 2nd NYGPS Meeting of 2020 will take place on Thursday, January 23rd, at 5:30PM, at Finnerty’s. Famed Polo Grounds historian and author Stew Thornley will be our guest speaker. Stew will be talking about his lasts book on the PG’s, The Polo Grounds: Essays and Memories of New York City’s Historic Ballpark, 1880-1963. He previously authored Land of the Giants: New York’s Polo Grounds. This looks to be a great event. Here are the synopsis’ on both books.
Please bring copies of the books and Stew will gladly autograph them for you if you wish.
Please RSVP me ASAP if you plan on attending. The meeting is only 2 weeks away! Be well, Gary
In addition, Finnerty’s gives us the use of its backroom for the event. For your enjoyment, libations will be available at the Happy Hour rate until 8PM. Drinks specials are: $5 draft beers $6 mixed well cocktails $7 glasses of wine Please RSVP ASAP to me. All the best, Gary
JANUARY 8, 1944
Bill Terry announces his retirement from baseball and his plans to start a cotton business. The former Giants star and skipper will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954. (Nationalpastime.com)
JANUARY 5, 1946
The Giants pay the largest amount ever paid for a single player when the team obtains Walker Cooper from the Cardinals for $175,000. The All-Star catcher will hit .276 during his 3+ seasons with New York. (Nationalpastime.com)
THE 1ST NYGPS MEETING OF 2020 WITH LINCOLN MITCHELL
The 1st NYGPS Meeting of 2020 will take place on Tuesday, January 7th, at 6PM, at Finnerty’s. Author Lincoln Mitchell makes a return visit and will be discussing his new book San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval Punk Rock and Third-Place Baseball Team.
“San Francisco is a city of contradictions. It is one of the most socially liberal cities in America, but it also has some of the nation’s worst income inequality. It is a playground for tech millionaires, with an outrageously high cost of living, yet it also supports vibrant alternative and avant-garde scenes. So how did the city get this way?
In San Francisco Year Zero, San Francisco native Lincoln Mitchell traces the roots of the current situation back to 1978, when three key events occurred: the assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk occurring fewer than two weeks after the massacre of Peoples Temple members in Jonestown, Guyana, the explosion of the city’s punk rock scene, and a breakthrough season for the San Francisco Giants. Through these three strands, Mitchell explores the rifts between the city’s pro-business and progressive-left politicians, the emergence of Dianne Feinstein as a political powerhouse, the increasing prominence of the city’s LGBT community, punk’s reinvigoration of the Bay Area’s radical cultural politics, and the ways that the Giants helped unify one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the nation.
Written from a unique insider’s perspective, San Francisco Year Zero deftly weaves together the personal and the political, putting a human face on the social upheavals that transformed a city.”
Mitchell will be mainly speaking about the Giants of 1983 during his book chat. Autographed books will be for sale as well. He will be accepting cash, checks, Paypal or Venmo.
In addition, Finnerty’s gives us the use of its backroom for the event. For your enjoyment, libations will be available at the Happy Hour rate until 8PM. Drinks specials are: $5 draft beers $6 mixed well cocktails $7 glasses of wine
DECEMBER 20, 1926
The World Champion Cardinals trade Rogers Hornsby to the Giants for Jimmy Ring and Frankie Frisch, who will play an integral role in the success of the Gas House Gang in the 1930’s after being sent to St. Louis due to a falling out with New York’s manager John McGraw. The trade gets complicated when the ‘Rajah’ refuses to sell his 1,167 shares of the team stock back to the Redbirds at the asking price. (Nationalpastime.com)
DECEMBER 17, 1898
John Day is named as the Giants manager. New York’s new skipper will be replaced by Fred Hoey after just 66 games next season when the team gets off to a 29-35 start. (Nationalpastime.com)
DECEMBER 16, 1954
Willie Mays becomes the first player to win Most Valuable Player Award in his first full year in the majors when he easily outdistances Reds first baseman Ted Kluszewski for the honor. The 23-year-old Giants center fielder made his big league debut at the end of May in 1951, but missed the last two seasons due to his military service in the U.S. Army. (Nationalpastime.com)
DECEMBER 15, 1900
The Giants trade Amos Rusie, a veteran pitcher who hasn’t played since 1898, but won 20+ games in each season during his eight years with the team, to the Reds for Chisty Mathewson. ‘Matty’, a future Hall of Famer, will post a 372-188 record and will become a legend during his 17-year tenure in New York. (Nationalpastime.com)
DECEMBER 13, 1956
The Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to the cross-town rivals, the Giants, for pitcher Dick Littlefield and $35,000. Jackie, according to some accounts had already decided privately to leave the game to work for Chock Full of Nuts, publicly retires from baseball rather than to accept the trade. (Nationalpastime.com)