NYGPS’ ZOOMS TO DATE

NOEL HYND-7/22/2020 THE GIANTS OF THE POLO GROUNDS

JAIME RUPERT-8/19/2020 ACTIVIST, GRANDDAUGHTER OF HORACE STONEHAM

DAN TAYLOR-9/2/2020 A SCOUT’S REPORT:GEORGE GENOVESE

ED LOGAN JR.-9/9/2020 NY GIANT’S LAST BAT BOY

CHRIS HAFT-9/23/2020 FROM THE STICK TO THE COVE:MY SIX DECADES WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS-MIKE MURPHY

STEVE TREDER-10/1/2020 FORTY YEARS A GIANT:THE LIFE OF HORACE STONEHAM

JON MILLER-10/8/2020 SF GIANTS AND HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCER

ROB GARRATT-10/15/2020 HOME TEAM:THE TURBULENT HISTORY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

JOHN SHEA-10/22/2020 24:LIFE STORIES AND LESSONS FORM THE SAY HEY KID

BRUCE JENKINS-10/29/2020 SPORTS COLUMNIST SF CHRONICLE

STEW THORNLEY-11/5/2020 –LAND OF THE GIANTS:NEW YORK’S POLO GROUNDS & –THE POLO GROUNDS:ESSAYS AND MEMORIES OF NEW YORK CITY’S HISTORIC BALLPARK, 1880-1963

JOHN ROSENGREN-11/12/2020 THE FIGHT OF THEIR LIVES:JUAN MARICHAL & JOHN ROSEBORO

GEORGE GREGOR-11/19/20 FROM COOGAN’S BLUFF TO BASEBALL BY THE BAY-THEY WERE GIANTS

ANNIKA ORROCK-12/4/2020 THE INCREDIBLE WOMEN OF THE ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE

MARK HEALY-12/9/2020 GOTHAM BASEBALL:NEW YORK’S ALL-TIME TEAM

BOB KENDRICK-12/17/2020 PRESIDENT OF THE NEGRO LEAGUES MUSEUM

JEFF WAGNER-1/7/2021 THEY PLAYED BASEBALL FOR THE GIANTS?:A HISTORY OF FORGOTTEN PLAYERS FROM NEW YORK TO SAN FRANCISCO

TOM RIGNEY-1/14/2021 FAMED SF MUSICIAN, SON OF GIANTS BILL RIGNEY

DR. LAWRENCE HOGAN-1/21/2021 SO MANY SEASONS IN THE SUN-A CENTURY AND MORE OF CONVERSATIONS WITH BASEBALL’S GREATEST CLUBHOUSE MANAGERS

ALEX DRUDE-1/28/2021 26 IN A ROW:THE 1916 NEW YORK GIANTS AND BASEBALL’S LONGEST WINNING STREAK

PERRY BARBER-2/4/2021 UMPIRE AND GIANTS AND MLB HISTORIAN

11 NY GIANTS ARE STILL WITH US

With the passing of Wayne Terwilliger (2/3/20121), here is a list of the remaining 11 living members of the NY Giants, with their birth-dates starting with January.

■Joe Margoneri 1956-57 B: 1/13/1930 P

■Joey Amalfitano 1954-55 B:1/23/1934 INF

■Bill White 1956 B: 1/28/1934 1B

■Al Worthington 1953-54, 1956-57 B: 2/5/1929 P

■Jackie Brandt 1956 B: 4/28/1934 OF

■Ed Bressoud 1956-57 B: 5/2/1932 SS

■Willie Mays 1951-52, 1954-57 B: 5/6/1931 OF

■Ozzie Virgil 1956-57 B: 5/17/1933 INF

■Pete Burnside 1955, 1957 B: 7/2/1930 P

■Billy Gardner 1954-55 B: 7/19/1927 2B

■Ray Crone 1957 B: 8/7/1931 P

Billy Gardner is the oldest living member of the New York Giants (93), while Jackie Brandt is the youngest at 86.  Willie Mays is the oldest living Hall of Famer.

THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: FEBRUARY 1, 1913 & 1973

FEBRUARY 1, 1913
Jim Thorpe signs with the New York baseball Giants. The Olympic hero will compile a life-time .252 batting average during his six seasons in the major leagues, which includes stints with the Reds and Braves.
(Nationalpastime.com)

FEBRUARY 1, 1973
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues selection of Monte Irvin to the Hall of Fame. The outfielder spent five full seasons in the major leagues, and was the first black to play for the Giants.
(Nationalpastime.com)

THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: JANUARY 31, 2001

JANUARY 31, 2001
The Wall Street Journal’s Joshua Prager quotes former players Monte Irvin, Sal Yvars and Al Gettel “admitting” the team stole catchers’ signs during the 1951 pennant race when the Giants overcame the Dodgers’ 13 1/2-game lead. According to Prager’s WSJ report, Bobby Thomson, whose three-run, ninth-inning walk-off homer in Game 3 of the National League playoffs won the pennant for New York, did not steal a sign before hitting his historic home run. (Nationalpastime.com)

THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: JANUARY 28, 1949

JANUARY 28, 1949
Monte Irvin becomes the first African-American player, along with hurler Ford Smith, to sign with the Giants. Although the 29-year old outfielder will play only five full seasons in the major leagues, the former Newark Eagles standout will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973, primarily for his outstanding play in the Negro Leagues. (Nationalpastime.com)

26 IN A ROW: THE 1916 NEW YORK GIANTS AND BASEBALL’S LONGEST WINNING STREAK-ALEX DRUDE

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.

THEY PLAYED BASEBALL FOR THE GIANTS?: A HISTORY OF FORGOTTEN PLAYERS FROM NEW YORK TO SAN FRANCISCO-JEFF WAGNER

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.

JOEY AMALFITANO RETIRES

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!

THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: JANUARY 22, 1913

JANUARY 22, 1913
The Giants agree to share the Polo Grounds with the Highlanders. The American League club, which will become known as the Yankees, had been playing their home games at Hilltop Park, located at 168th Street and Broadway, since 1903, when the franchise shifted from Baltimore to New York. (Nationalpastime.com)