THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: JULY 20, 1951

July 20, 1951
In a game against the Reds with all-star hurler Ewell Blackwell on the mound, the Giants, for the first time, employ their infamous scheme for stealing catcher’s signs using a telescope positioned in the centerfield clubhouse. The ‘Jints’ beat Cincinnati, 11-6, and New York will win 22 of the remaining 27 games at the Polo Grounds overtaking the Dodgers to win National League pennant.
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THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: JULY 16, 1902 & 1948

July 16, 1902
At Cincinnati’s Palace of the Fans, John McGraw begins his 30-year tenure as manager of the New York Giants. ‘Little Napoleon’, the team’s third skipper of the season, loses his debut to the Reds, 7-2. (Nationalpastime.com)

July 16, 1948
Former Dodger manager Leo Durocher becomes the Giants’ manager replacing the popular Mel Ott. Burt Shotton takes ‘The Lip’s’ place in Brooklyn. (Nationalpastime.com)

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THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: JULY 15, 1901 & 1939

July 15, 1901
Christy Mathewson becomes the first rookie to throw a no-hitter in baseball history in the modern era. The 20-year old right-hander holds the Cardinals hitless in the Giants 5-0 victory at Robison Field in St. Louis.(Nationalpastime.com)

July 15, 1939
National League president Ford Frick orders two-foot screens affixed inside all foul poles after Billy Jurges of the Giants and umpire George Magerkurth spit at each other after a foul ball call down the left field line is disputed at the Polo Grounds. The American League will soon follow the Senior Circuit lead and will also install foul ball screens.(Nationalpastime.com)
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THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: JULY 10, 1934

July 10, 1934
At the All-Star Game played in New York’s Polo Grounds, Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell faces a starting lineup comprised of nine eventual Hall of Famers. ‘King Carl’ is up to the unique occurrence in baseball history when he fans the first five batters he faces, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin.(Nationalpastime.com)
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THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: JULY 8, 1949 & 1956

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)

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NYGPS MEETING WITH ROBERT GARRATT 6/21-REVIEW


June 21st saw Robert Garratt visiting the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse (www.bergino.com ) to discuss his fabulous new book, Home Team: The Turbulent History of the San Francisco Giants, in front of 2 dozen members of the New York Giants Preservation Society. Garratt spoke about the ownership of the team in particular, the Horace Stoneham era. This era, especially the latter part of his Stoneham’s tenure in both NY and SF, has much to do with the title of the book. Garratt then added wonderful tales about the Bob Lurie era and spoke of Peter Magowan’s era as well. The night ended with a Q/A session before Mr. Garratt signed books for those who purchased them. I want to thank Robert Garratt and of course Jay Goldberg (owner of the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse) for making this a wonderful event!!