Fun Facts, Trivia and More About the San Francisco Giants by Al Hartman
When you ask Al Hartman about Bay Area sports, there three teams that readily come to mind: the Golden State Warriors, the San Francisco 49ers, and the San Francisco Giants. On this page, he will focus on the San Francisco Giants.
The San Francisco Giants: A Look Back by Al Hartman
The San Francisco Giants are one of the oldest teams in the history of American professional baseball, name changes notwithstanding. Founded in 1883, the team was originally called the New York Gothams, and was formed by millionaire John B. Day and Jim Mutrie, an amateur baseball player who also made a name for himself in the amateur circuit back in the day.*
*Jim Mutrie had a career winning percentage of .611, which was, and still is, considered as a 19th-century all-time record.
The team won its first National League pennant in 1888. The following year, they won another NL pennant and a championship, too, against the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (a nickname given the team because a lot of its players at the time were getting married).
Fun fact: According to Al Hartman, the team became known as the Giants following Mutrie’s exclamation inside the team’s dressing room after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies, where Mutrie apparently said, “My big fellows! My giants!” The nickname stuck; and the rest, as they say, is history.
From 1885 up to 1957, the team was known as the New York Giants. When the team relocated to San Francisco in 1958, they became known as the San Francisco Giants.
The San Francisco Giants
Al Hartman shares that the San Francisco Giants have eight World Series titles (1905, 1921, 1922, 1933, 1954, 2010, 2012, and 2014). They have 23 pennants, with the first one gained in 1888 (as mentioned above) and the last one (so far) gained in 2014. They also have 8 West Division titles ( 1971, 1987, 1989, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2010, and 2012).
1989 was a memorable season for the Giants as it ended their 27-year pennant drought. Play-by-play radio announcer for the Giants was recorded saying, “27 years of waiting have come to an end. The Giants won the pennant!”
According to Al Hartman, the San Francisco Giants have the most number of players to be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame (including those from the original team, New York Gothams/New York Giants).
Some of these Hall of Famers include such baseball legends as Jim O’Rourke, Ernie Lombardi, Mel Ott, Mickey Welch, Hoyt Wilhelm, Roger Connor, and George Davis (from the New York Gothams/Giants team).
For the San Francisco Giants team, Hall of Famers include Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, Gaylord Perry, Randy Johnson, Joe Morgan, and Duke Snider. If Al Hartman remembers correctly, the Giants produced more than 50 Hall of Famers, a feat not yet equaled in professional American baseball history.
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