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)
The first NYGPS meeting of 2017 will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 6:30PM at our home base the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse. Our guest speaker will be author and huge Giants fan Dan Taylor. Dan was also a former award-winning television sportscaster. Dan talk will focus on “The Unsung Heroes of the Giants Organization.” He will delve into their scouting and development program dating back to 1937 and the work of Jack Schwarz and his scouts. Schwarz was the longtime director of player development for the New York and later San Francisco Giants,
Dan will also discuss his book, “A Scout’s Report: My 70 Years in Baseball” which he co-wrote with super-scout George Genovese. Genovese signed many great SF Giants In three decades with the Giants, Genovese signed some 40 players who made the major leagues, including Giants George Foster, Jack Clark, Bobby Bonds, Chili Davis, Gary Matthews, Matt Williams and Royce Clayton. Here is Amazon’s synopsis of the book.
“Many in baseball consider the scout to be the most important figure in any organization: It is the scout’s work in the high school and college bleachers that unearths future legends. Few have achieved more–and in such grand style–than George Genovese.
In a game that values numbers, Genovese’s are staggering. No other scout has been responsible for more players in a single lineup, more home runs by players signed or more All-Star and World Series highlights than Genovese.
Genovese’s eye for talent is unmatched, his advocacy for the players he discovers is unrivaled, and the investment he makes toward their success is a difference maker. This autobiography is the story of his seven decades in baseball as a player, manager and scout.”
Please RSVP ASAP as this event will surely be well attended. For those interested the book will go for $30 and Dan will gladly autograph it.
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 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)