DECEMBER 12, 1913
The Reds trade outfielder Bob Bescher to the Giants for Buck Herzog. Herzog will play shortstop and will manage the team replacing Joe Tinker. (Nationalpastime.com)
DECEMBER 11, 1941
The Giants trade hurler Bill Lohrman, catcher James O’Dea, first baseman Johnny McCarthy and $50,000 to the Cardinals to obtain first baseman Johnny Mize (Nationalpastime.com)
DECEMBER 6, 1941
The Giants select Mel Ott to replace Bill Terry as the team’s skipper. The new manager spent all of his 22 years in the majors with the franchise hitting 511 home runs during his Hall of Fame career. (Nationalpastime.com)
DECEMBER 5, 1950
Mel Ott leaves the Giants’ organization signing a two-year pact with to manage the Pacific Coast League’s Oakland club. ‘Master Mel’ will be replacing Charlie Dressen. (Nationalpastime.com)
DECEMBER 2, 1941
Giants’ skipper Bill Terry is named as the team’s new general manager. Mel Ott, a future Hall of Famer, will serve as New York’s player/manager for the next seven years, but the club will never finish above third place. (Nationalpastime.com)
NOVEMBER 28, 1955
Monte Irvin’s tenure with the Giants ends as the former Negro League standout is claimed in the Rule V draft by the Cubs. The future Hall of Famer will retire after one year in Chicago finishing his brief 8-year career with a with a .293 batting average. (Nationalpastime.com)
NOVEMBER 25, 1930
NY Giants first baseman Bill Terry (.401, 14, 117) is selected by the Sporting News as the NL Most Valuable Player.(Nationalpastime.com)
NOVEMBER 16, 1912
In failing health, Giants president John T. Brush dies in his private car aboard a train en route to California. Harry Hempstead, his son in-law, will take over the club. (Nationalpastime.com)
NOVEMBER 15, 1951
NY Giants outfielder Willie Mays is named as the Rookie of the Year in the National League. Mays was not even on the Giants spring training roster. (Nationalpastime.com)
Before a packed “Keg Room” at Finnerty’s, author Lincoln Mitchell discussed his new book “Baseball Goes West” last night before an enthusiastic crowd of baseball fans. Lincoln spoke for about an hour, signed many books, and held a Q&A. Lincoln spoke about the Dodgers and Giants but predominantly the Giants as that’s what the crowd came for. We can’t thank him enough for a terrific evening.
This was the NYGPS first meeting at hopefully our new “home”, Finnerty’s. Owners Dieter and Brian were so delightful to deal with as was their party planner, Annie. This downtown bar oozed Giants baseball and we hope to attract some younger SF Giants fans in the future as they should know that their team had a glorious past, 3,000 miles away, and more than 60 years ago. Dieter and Brian surprised the crowd by pulling out the original NY Giants Pennant from 1951 that flew at the Polo Grounds! Un believable and in great shape for a piece of material that is almost 70 years old.
Thanks to all those who attended and we hope to see many more at our next event.