July 8, 1949 Hank Thompson & Monte Irvin becomes the first African-Americans to play for the Giants. When Thompson faces Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe, it marks the first time a pitcher-batter confrontation takes place between black players in the major leagues.(Nationalpastime.com)
July 8, 1956 In an 11-1 rout of the Pirates at the Polo Grounds, the Giants go deep for a franchise record seven home runs. Willie Mays, Daryl Spencer and Wes Westrum each connect for a pair and Hank Thompson adds another.(Nationalpastime.com)
July 6, 1953 In his first major league start, Al Worthington blanks the Pirates, 6-0. The Giants’ rookie will repeat the feat in his next start blanking the Dodgers to tie a major league mark.(Nationalpastime.com)
July 5, 1945 At the Polo Grounds‚ Giants’ 18-year old rookie Whitey Lockman homers in his first major league at bat. The lefty-swinging center fielder goes deep off George Dockins in the 7-5 loss to the Cardinals.(Nationalpastime.com)
July 3, 1912 Giants’ southpaw Rube Marquard wins his 19th consecutive game from the start of the season beating the Dodgers, 2-1. The 25-year old future Hall of Famer will complete the campaign with a 26-11 record.(Nationalpastime.com)
Jaime Rupert has created this brand-new website as she attempts to get her grandfather Horace Stoneham inducted into the Hall of Fame. Stoneham is a polarizing figure to many of our members. Many feel he has been overlooked while others feel he doesn’t deserve the honor. When brought up in the past, it caused many mixed emotions with some of you. The website is very well done (a few errors will be updated) with many wonderful things on the site which might sway you or it won’t. The Willie Mays and Hall of Fame Giants (McCovey, Perry, & Cepeda) (Juan Marichal wasn’t available at the time), video comments are hard to ignore as are the testimonials written by Cepeda, Monte Irvin’s daughter, and Felipe Alou. She reminds us that the link (website) can only be viewed on your computer and not your phone.
Brand new book about the longest winning streak in MLB history, held by the 1916 New York Giants:
In September, 1916, the New York Giants caught fire and made baseball history. It’s a tale complete with Hall of Famers, has-beens, and never-weres. It includes players who are remembered for something completely different or are now forgotten because baseball has re-written them out of the record books. The forces that would help tear baseball apart and then bring it back together after the Black Sox Scandal are all here, bubbling under the surface as the Giants continue to win game after game. The streak has never been fully looked at or understood until now.
A new book by Jeff Wagner. Here is the Amazon synopsis: Honus Wagner, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Johnnie Mize, Frank Frisch, Willie Keeler, Steve Carlton, Randy Johnson. Some of the greatest players to ever play major league baseball. All Hall-of-Famers. But did you know they each have one other thing in common? They all played baseball for the New York/San Francisco Giants franchise at some point in their career! Whether at the beginning, end, or somewhere in between, they all wore the black and orange at some point, and will always be considered members of the Giants family.
They Played Baseball for the Giants? Explores these and over 25 other players that you may have forgotten or didn’t know donned a Giants uniform, including 15 MLB Hall-of-Famers, two NFL Hall-of-Famers, an Olympic champion, and a character from the movie Field of Dreams. So, whether their tenure lasted several years or several months, explore the fascinating stories surrounding how these players became a New York or San Francisco Giant, and what they did while they were one.
The Giants player development coach, who played with the team in the 1950s and 1960s, is retiring days before his 87th birthday.
By Brady Klopfer
On Saturday it was revealed that Joey Amalfitano, who held a player development role with the San Francisco Giants, was retiring.
According to current 3b Coach Ron Wotus:
The greatest 3B coach of all time just retired yesterday. Joe Amalfitano, a treasure in baseball. Wow, what a tremendous career you have had. The Giants will miss you!! I will miss you! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and for your tutelage! It will always be with me.
Amalfitano, who will turn 87 later this month, had one hell of a journey in baseball. It included three stints as a player with the Giants, including one while the team was still in New York. According to John Shea, Amalfitano was in a Giants jersey at the Polo Grounds when Willie Mays made perhaps the most iconic catch in baseball history.
He managed the Chicago Cubs, and worked as a coach for five different teams, including four seasons in the 1970s with the Giants. And in the latter stages of his career, he turned to consulting and developing.
What an impressive career. 67 years in the big leagues … enjoy retirement!
Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, The New York Giants Preservation Society has been having virtual meetings for the past few months. Generally we have in the past, had guest speakers 3-4 times a year, first at The Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, then at Finnerty’s. Since this for the time being is impossible, we have done the next best thing. Here is our illustrious group of speakers to date, with more to come!!
Ed Logan Jr.-9/9/2020
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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