APRIL 2, 1952
In Denver, Giants’ Monte Irvin breaks his ankle sliding into third base during an exhibition game against Cleveland. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will appear in only 46 games this season, mostly as a pinch-hitter, batting .310. (Nationalpastime.com)
Ladies/Gents, Our 2nd meeting of the year will be taking place on Thursday, April 10th, at 6:30PM at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse. We will have 3 speakers that night. The first part of the program will have Helane and Jeffrey Rhodes speaking about their beloved father Dusty (James Lamar). They will share memorabilia and stories about #26. This is the 60th anniversary of Dusty’s clutch 2 home runs during the sweep of the Tribe, the Giants final World’s Championship in NY. The second part of the program will highlight Moe Resner and his video, The End of an Era which is a video of the last game the NY Giants played at the Polo Grounds in 1957. This should be a wonderful event. If you would be kind enough to email me your intentions please do so ASAP, so as Jay Goldberg can invite some of his people if there is room. Any questions regarding the clubhouse can be found here.
From Grizzlies Website:
May 17 Fresno Grizzlies vs. Albuquerque Isotopes
Both the Fresno Grizzlies (Giants) and Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers) will be wearing 1954-inspired jerseys of their parent club. All game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off after the game to benefit a select charity.
1954 New York Giants World Series Replica Ring
Add a little gold in your life by picking up a 1954 New York Giants World Series Replica Ring. The giveaway will be handed out to the first 7,000 fans through the gates!
Lester Lee Layton (November 18, 1921 – March 1, 2014)was an American professional baseball player. An outfielder whose pro career extended for 11 seasons (1944–1954), He appeared in 63 Major League Baseball games for the 1948 New York Giants.
John Elvin Harshman (July 12, 1927 – August 17, 2013) was an American professional baseball pitcher who played from 1945 through 1960. He played for the New York Giants, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians. Harshman pitched for the 1952 NY Giants.
THE TWENTY-NINE SURVING MEMBERS OF THE NY GIANTS
■Joey Amalfitano 1954-55 B:1/23/1934
■Johnny Antonelli 1954-57 B: 4/12/1930
■Jackie Brandt 1956 B: 4/28/1934
■Ed Bressoud 1956-57 B: 5/2/1932
■Pete Burnside 1955, 1957 B: 7/2/1930
■Foster Castleman 1954-57 B: 1/1/1931
■Gil Coan 1955 B: 5/18/1922
■Ray Crone 1957 B: 8/7/1931
■Alvin Dark 1950-56 B: 1/7/1922
■Joe Garagiola 1954 B: 2/12/1926
■Billy Gardner 1954-55 B: 7/19/1927
■Harvey Gentry 1954 B: 5/27/1926
■Monte Irvin 1949-55 B: 2/25/1919
■Joe Margoneri 1956-57 B: 1/13/1930
■Willie Mays 1951-52, 1954-57 B: 5/6/1931
■Windy McCall 1954-57 B: 7/18/1925
■Mike McCormick 1956-57 B: 9/28/1938
■Charlie Mead 1943-45 B: 4/29/1921
■Stu Miller 1957 B: 12/26/1927
■Mario Picone 1947, 1952, 1954 B: 7/5/1926
■Ron Samford 1954 B: 2/28/1930
■Red Schoendienst 1956-57 B: 2/2/1923
■Daryl Spencer 1952-53, 1956-57 B: 7/13/1929
■George Spencer 1950-55 B: 7/7/1926
■Wayne Terwilliger 1955-56 B: 6/27/1925
■Ozzie Virgil 1956-57 B: 5/17/1933
■Bill White 1956 B: 1/28/1934
■Al Worthington 1953-54, 1956-57 B: 2/5/1929
■Roy Wright 1956 B: 9/26/1933
Monte Irvin is the oldest living member of the New York Giants (95), while Mike McCormick (75) is the youngest.
What a session as SF Giants Executive and NYGPS Member Magowan reviewed his life as well as his ties to the Giants. He told us about his love affair with the Giants as a boy which led him and his group to purchase the team as a man and keep it in SF when it appeared they would be leaving the Golden State. He talked about the 45 second deal to get Barry Bonds in 1993. He also told us he had Willie Mays and Bobby Thomson sitting next to him on the last day of the 1993 season in hopes of the win they needed to get the pennant. Peter said the 1993 team was the best he can remember. He fielded questions as well. In the audience were NYGPS Member 1957 NY Giants Bat Boy Ed Logan Jr. and the mom of Rich Aurilia who lives in Sun City Grand. A great day for sure!!
One Sunday afternoon in August 1965, on a day when baseball’s most storied rivals, the Giants and Dodgers, vied for the pennant, the national pastime reflected the tensions in society and nearly sullied two men forever. Juan Marichal, a Dominican anxious about his family’s safety during the civil war back home, and John Roseboro, a black man living in South Central L.A. shaken by the Watts riots a week earlier, attacked one another in a moment immortalized by an iconic photo: Marichal’s bat poised to strike Roseboro’s head.
The violent moment–uncharacteristic of either man–linked the two forever and haunted both. Much like John Feinstein’s The Punch, The Fight of Their Lives examines the incident in its context and aftermath, only in this story the two men eventually reconcile and become friends, making theirs an unforgettable tale of forgiveness and redemption.
The book also explores American culture and the racial prejudices against blacks and Latinos both men faced and surmounted. As two of the premiere ballplayers of their generation, they realized they had more to unite them than keep them apart.
Looks like a great new book by author Dan Fost. I spoke to him yesterday and he is real good guy. Hopefully he will speak to our group at some point this year. Book coming out next month. Here is the synopsis of the book
A beautiful illustrated celebration of all the players and moments that have brought success to the Giants baseball team on both coasts for the past 130 years.
From their origins as the New York Gothams in 1883 through numerous dynasties as the New York Giants and up to the most recent championship run in San Francisco, the Giants franchise has established a winning tradition that stretches back well over a century. Taking the reader through this incredible legacy, The Giants Baseball Experience provides fans with a unique season-by-season look at the team’s full history. Author and longtime Giants fanatic Dan Fost presents season profiles exploring the most memorable moments, the leading individual performances, the top off-field stories, and the key statistical accomplishments for each year. In addition, he includes feature articles highlighting the franchise’s prominent players and managers throughout the dynasty, the ballparks that the Giants have called home—including icons like the Polo Grounds and AT&T Park—and the fascinating characters, wacky stories, and distinctive traditions that have defined Giants baseball for so long. Illustrated with both vintage and contemporary photos and accompanied by a rich collection of rare memorabilia and a range of detailed stats, The Giants Baseball Experience provides the full understanding of what it means to be a true fan of the San Francisco Giants.
On Tuesday, February 25, members of the NYGPS were privileged to attend the 2014 Cactus League Luncheon at Mesa Riverview Cubs Park, the new spring training home of the Cubs. Most notably the luncheon included induction of the inaugural class of the newly formed Cacuts League Hall of Fame and of special interest to Giant fans Mr. Horace Stoneham was one of the inductees. Making the occasion extra special was the enthusiastic attendance of members of the Stoneham family including granddaughters Jaime and Kim Rupert and nephews Craig and Peter Stoneham. Jaime Rupert gave a very fine acceptance speech on behalf of her grandfather and, hopefully, the Cactus League HOF will be prelude to Horace Stoneham’s overdue induction into Cooperstown! She mentioned our group in the process and how we are keeping the NY Giants past alive.
And making the day even more enjoyable we spoke by phone with Monte Irvin on the occasion of his 95th birthday. Monte was a joy to speak with and, overall, is doing well. He shared with us that Bobby Thomson and Whitey Lockman were his best friends on the club and that he misses them to this day. How wonderful to speak with Monte, a true Giant in every way!”
Great article by Jerry Izenberg
The last Eagle will be 95 years old this morning. Monte Irvin broke the New York Baseball Giants’ color line in 1949 and played in two World Series for them. He was the first African-American to work as an aide in the office of the Commissioner of Baseball. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
That’s for the résumé.
But for me, he will always remain a Newark Eagle.
They played for and against great ballplayers who were born too soon to play for the Dodgers or the Yankees or any of the baseball teams that called themselves the major leagues. They knew in baseball’s racist world the Dodgers and the Yankees and the others were all white men and they expected it to stay that way.
So Monte, the oldest and probably the last survivor of those days, and Larry Doby and Josh Gibson and so many great players whose names you never heard, followed the sun when their all-black league seasons ended. They followed it to Mexico and Venezuela, to Puerto Rico and Cuba, to any place where the sun was shining and a man was judged not by the color of his skin but the speed of his fastball.
Once, when I asked him about his nomad days with the Newark Eagles, the bus trips, the ridiculously low salary of $125 a month and later $150, the greatness of teammates like Doby and Ray Dandridge and Willie Wells and Leon Day that surrounded him, and the icons like Gibson and Satchel Paige and Buck Leonard who played against him, he smiled and then said:
‘‘I played in three countries. I played in two World Series. But I never found anything to match the joy and the laughter those years with the Eagles brought me. The city (Newark) and county (Essex) loved us. We’d go out to hear jazz or to dinner and our fans were always grabbing the check. We were young and the world was new to us. We had never traveled.
‘‘They were the happiest times of my life.
‘‘And we still had this game … this marvelous, beautiful, blessed game … and nobody and nothing could take that away from us, so we just went out and played it. Wherever and whenever we could.”