APRIL 16, 1946
On Opening Day at the Polo Grounds, Mel Ott goes deep for the final time of his career. The Giants’ legend hits his 511th career home run off Philadelphia A’s left-hander Oscar Judd. (Nationalpastime.com)
Greetings!! Our 2nd NYGPS meeting of the year will take take in 2 weeks, on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30PM, at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse. Chris Haft, author (This is Our Time!!) and SF Giants Beat Reporter for MLB.com, will be stopping by to discuss the current team and also delve into the history of the franchise as well. Chris is a wonderful reporter who can be followed at https://twitter.com/sfgiantsbeat. His articles appear regularly on the SF Giants official website. Come and join us for a wonderful evening talking Giants Baseball with a most knowledgeable reporter. Please RSVP me with your intentions as time is of the essence. Thanks as always to Jay Goldberg for hosting us at the clubhouse. This will be a very busy week for the Giants Franchise. See below:
APRIL 24-Carl Hubbell Day-Haworth NJ Library
APRIL 28-Chris Haft-NYGPS Meeting Speaker
APRIL 29-Giants versus Mets Citifield
APRIL 30-Monte Irvin Celebration of Life-South Orange, NY
APRIL 30-Giants versus Mets Citifield
MAY 1-Giants versus Mets Citifield
Hope to see you there!!!
APRIL 14, 1911
Shortly after midnight, a tremendous fire breaks out destroying much of the Polo Grounds leaving the Giants without a place to play. The Highlanders invite the McGraw men to share Hilltop Park, an offer the displaced National League team accepts for six weeks until temporary stands are completed at their damaged ballpark.
APRIL 11, 1907
The Giants lose their home opener to the Phillies when some of the Polo Grounds fans, growing tired of the team’s lackadaisical performance, begin throwing snowballs onto the playing field disrupting the game. After he is hit by a frozen sphere, Bill Klem, the home plate umpire, decides enough is enough and forfeits the game to Philadelphia. (Nationalpastime.com)
APRIL 11, 1912
Rube Marquard begins a nineteen-game consecutive winning streak by beating the Dodgers, 18-3. The streak will end in July when the Giants lose to Chicago at the West Side Grounds, 7-2.(Nationalpastime.com)
APRIL 8, 1947
In an exhibition game played against the Indians in Sheffield‚ Alabama, second-year player Whitey Lockman breaks his leg sliding into second base trying to break up a double play. With the exception of two appearances as a pinch hitter, the Giants sophomore outfielder will miss all of the season. (Nationalpastime.com)
APRIL 3, 1901
Although he tried to return the money, Christy Matthewson is accused by Connie Mack of reneging on his contract with Philadelphia. In January, ‘Big Six’ after meeting with the A’s manager, received a signing bonus, committing himself to play for the 1901 season with the American League team, but then used the offer as leverage to get a richer contract from the Giants.(Nationalpastime.com)
HAWORTH TO CELEBRATE “CARL OWEN HUBBELL DAY”
BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER AND FORMER RESIDENT
Two of our members to speak, Peter Laskowich & Jerry Liebowitz!!
Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell was called the “Meal Ticket” for the New York Giants during the 1930s, or sometimes “King Carl.” He helped take the Giants to three World Series. In the 1934 All Star Game he struck out five future Hall of Famers in a row, starting with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. He was the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1933 and 1936. And from 1946 through 1950, he and his family lived in the small Bergen County town of Haworth, New Jersey (at the time he was developing the Giants farm system).
Carl’s old team, now the San Francisco Giants, recently honored his time in Haworth with a $500 contribution to the Haworth Library’s building fund—enough to memorialize the pitcher’s name on the library’s Donor Wall. Up until that donation, probably only the town historian and the people who live in the Hubbells’ former home knew of his time here. While everyone in town knows that actress Brooke Shields once lived here, and some may know that General Henry Robert, who wrote “Robert’s Rules of Order,” had a Victorian house on Sunset, the Giants’ donation was a big surprise to local folks who had no idea that the town had been home to a resident truly in a “league of his own,” a man famous for what was called a “baffling” and “devastating” screwball. The Giants’ donation created so much local interest that the Friends of the Haworth Library decided to celebrate Hubbell’s legacy and residency with a special day.
To that end, the Haworth Borough Council has passed a resolution officially making Sunday, April 24, “Carl Owen Hubbell Day.” At 1:30 PM the Hubbell family home, 474 Haworth Ave., will be open to see, and a video there will showcase Hubbell’s baseball career. At 2:30 at the Haworth Library, 300 Haworth Ave., New York baseball historian Peter Laskowich will talk about the place of the Giants, and Hubbell, in baseball history, and Jerry Liebowitz, with the New York Giants Preservation Society, will show off his collection of Hubbell and Giants photographs and memorabilia. Additional photos have been sent by Carl Hubbell’s two sons, Carl, Jr., and James, who now live in the Midwest. Finally, at 4 PM, when the speakers are finished, there will be a showing of the 1953 movie Carl made with Edward G. Robinson and Vera-Ellen, “Big Leaguer” (it was the first movie directed by Robert Aldrich, who went on to make “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” and “The Dirty Dozen”). Peanuts and Cracker Jacks will be served.
For more information on “Carl Owen Hubbell Day,” contact Beth Potter, president of the Friends of the Haworth Library, at 201-384-1020 (or Beth’s cell, 201-723-6289).
Happy Holidays! If you wish to attend you need to call in and speak to Amanda Parker. Click on photos for contact information and address of event. Don’t e-mail her. There is limited seating (300), so act quickly. If you are not on the list, you will not be let in. They have assured me of that!! The Giants will be taking on the Mets at 4PM that afternoon.
Joe Garagiola passed away today at the age of 90. His death brings down the number of living NY Giants to 22. Here is a link to his passing.http://www.sfgate.com/…/Remembering-Joe-Garagiola-hanging-w… It is followed by the list of remaining NY Giants along with their birthdays.
■Foster Castleman 1954-57 B: 1/1/1931 INF
■Joe Margoneri 1956-57 B: 1/13/1930 LEFTY PITCHER
■Joey Amalfitano 1954-55 B:1/23/1934 INF
■Bill White 1956 B: 1/28/1934 1B
■Red Schoendienst 1956-57 B: 2/2/1923 INF
■Al Worthington 1953-54, 1956-57 B: 2/5/1929 P
■Ron Samford 1954 B: 2/28/1930 SS
■Johnny Antonelli 1954-57 B: 4/12/1930 LP
■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
■Gil Coan 1955 B: 5/18/1922 OF
■Harvey Gentry 1954 B: 5/27/1926 ?
■Wayne Terwilliger 1955-56 B: 6/27/1925 2B
■Pete Burnside 1955, 1957 B: 7/2/1930 P
■Daryl Spencer 1952-53, 1956-57 B: 7/13/1929 INF
■Windy McCall 1954-57 B: 7/18/1925 LEFTY RELIEF
■Billy Gardner 1954-55 B: 7/19/1927 2B
■Ray Crone 1957 B: 8/7/1931 P
■Roy Wright 1956 B: 9/26/1933 P
■Mike McCormick 1956-57 B: 9/29/1938 LP
Gil Coan is the oldest living member of the New York Giants (93), while Mike McCormick is the youngest at 77.