San Francisco Giants in History

Events in Sport

  • 1957-09-27 American MLB San Francisco Giants rent Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals Stadium until Candlestick Park is built in 1960
  • 1958-04-15 1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0
  • 1958-04-18 NL single-game record crowd of 78,682 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Dodgers win over San Francisco Giants, 6-5
  • 1958-06-04 San Francisco Giants Hank Sauer and Bob Schmidt are first in NL history to hit consecutive pinch-hit HRs in 10-9 win over the Milwaukee Braves
  • 1959-03-03 San Francisco Giants rename their stadium Candlestick Park

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1959-07-30 In his MLB debut, SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4 in a 7-2 win over Philadelphia Phillies at Seal Stadium

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • 1959-09-26 SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • 1959-11-17 SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1960-05-19 SF Giants rookie Juan Marichal beats Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0 on debut at Candlestick Park; first National League hurler since 1900 to debut with a one-hitter
  • 1961-04-28 Warren Spahn pitches 2nd no hitter at 41 beats SF Giants, 1-0

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1961-04-30 SF outfielder Willie Mays becomes just the 9th player in MLB history to hit 4 homers in one game in the Giants 14-4 win against the Braves in Milwaukee

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1961-07-29 Philadelphia Phillies lose, 4-3 to SF Giants at Connie Mack Stadium; 1st of MLB record 23 straight defeats
  • 1962-10-02 San Francisco Giants beat rival LA Dodgers, 8-7 in 4 hours 18 minutes in Game 2 NL tie-break series; longest 9-inning game in MLB history; Giants win series, 2-1
  • 1962-10-03 SF Giants (103-62) beat rivals LA Dodgers (102-63), 6-4 in season ending NL pennant decider; Dodgers set MLB record season attendance 2,755,184
  • 1962-10-16 Yanks (20th championship) beat SF Giants 4 games to 3 in World Series
  • 1963-02-20 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays becomes the highest-paid player in MLB, signing a record $100,000 contract with the San Francisco Giants

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1963-05-11 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax throws his second career no-hitter; beats Juan Marichal and the SF Giants, 8-0

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 1963-06-09 1st Sunday night game in baseball SF Giants lose to Houston Colts 3-0
  • 1963-06-15 SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt .45s, 1-0
  • 1963-07-02 SF Giants legend Willie Mays breaks up classic Juan Marichal vs Warren Spahn pitching dual, homering in 16th inning off Spahn for 1-0 win vs Milwaukee Braves
  • 1963-07-09 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants)
  • 1964-01-15 San Francisco Giants make champion outfielder Willie Mays the highest-paid player in baseball when they sign him to a new $105,000 per season contract
  • 1964-05-31 SF Giants beat NY Mets, 8-6, in 23 innings (2nd game) (7 hrs 32 mins)
  • 1964-09-01 SF Giants reliever Masanori Murakami becomes the first Japanese-born player to appear in US MLB; on debut, the Osuki native throws a scoreless inning in a 4-1 loss v New York Mets
  • 1965-07-13 36th MLB All Star Game, Metropolitan Stadium, Minnesota: NL wins, 6-5; MVP: Juan Marichal, SF Giants, P
  • 1965-08-22 San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marachal hits LA Dodger catcher John Roseboro on the head with his bat causing a 14 minute brawl
  • 1965-12-04 San Francisco Giant Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000
  • 1966-02-11 SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year
  • 1966-07-03 Atlanta Braves Tony Cloninger, 1st NL player and only pitcher to hit 2 grand slams in a MLB game (17-3 v SF Giants)
  • 1967-06-30 Philadelphia Phillies utility man Cookie Rojas pitches a scoreless 9th inning in 12-3 loss to SF Giants; Rojas had now played all 9 positions since arriving in MLB in 1963
  • 1967-07-14 Houston Astro Eddie Matthews hits his 500th HR, off SF Giant Juan Marichal
  • 1967-09-01 Cincinnati Reds reliever Bob Lee walks Dick Groat with bases loaded in 21st inning to give SF Giants a 1-0 win at Crosley Field; 20 scoreless innings ties MLB mark, Pirates v Braves 1918
  • 1967-10-31 SF Giants Mike McCormick wins NL Cy Young Award
  • 1968-06-25 Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his 1st major league game (San Francisco Giants)
  • 1968-07-09 39th MLB All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston, TX: NL beats AL, 1-0; MVP: Willie Mays, SF Giants, CF

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1968-07-14 Brave Hank Aaron hits his 500th HR off SF Giant Mike McCormick

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

  • 1968-09-18 Ray Washburn (Cards) no-hits SF Giants 2-0
  • 1969-07-23 40th MLB All Star Game, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.: NL beats AL, 9-3; MVP: Willie McCovey, SF Giants, 1B
  • 1969-09-13 San Francisco Giant Bobby Bonds is baseballs 4th 30-HR, 30-steal player
  • 1969-09-22 SF Giant Willie Mays, becomes second player to hit 600 home runs
  • 1969-11-20 San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey edges Tom Seaver as NL MVP
  • 1970-05-23 San Diego Padres beat SF Giants 17-16 in 15 innings
  • 1970-07-08 SF Giant Jim Ray Hart is 8th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th)
  • 1971-10-06 MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 1
  • 1972-05-14 In Willie Mays 1st game as a NY Met his homer beats SF Giants, 5-4
  • 1972-08-29 SF Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row

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1973-06-19 Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) and Willie Davis (LA Dodgers) both record 2,000th MLB career hit; Rose, a single in 4-0 win vs SF Giants; Davis, a HR in 3-0 win vs Atlanta Braves

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
Baseball Player Willie Davis
Baseball Player
Willie Davis
  • 1973-06-20 SF Giants Bobby Bonds sets NL record with 22 lead off HRs
  • 1973-07-24 All Star MVP: Bobby Bonds (SF Giants)
  • 1973-10-25 SF Giants trade Willie McCovey to San Diego Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell
  • 1974-09-03 SF Giants' pitcher John Montefusco in his MLB debut, homers in his first at bat and pitches 9 innings in relief to earn a 9 - 5 victory over the Dodgers
  • 1974-10-22 MLB New York Yankees trade outfielder Bobby Murcer to San Francisco Giants for outfielder Bobby Bonds
  • 1975-08-24 SF Giant Ed Halick no-hits NY Giants, 6-0
  • 1976-03-04 MLB's San Francisco Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth
  • 1976-09-29 SF Giant John Montefusco no-hits Atlanta Braves, 9-0
  • 1977-08-01 San Francisco Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits NL record 18th MLB career grand slam
  • 1979-01-23 NY/SF Giants / New York Mets center fielder Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1979-03-26 MLB San Diego Padres & San Francisco Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject it
  • 1980-06-09 Phillies and SF Giants end their game at 3:11 AM
  • 1980-06-27 Dodgers' Jerry Reuss no-hits SF Giants 8-0
  • 1981-05-10 Montreal Expo Charlie Lee no-hits SF Giants, 4-0
  • 1986-06-27 Robby Thompson (SF Giants) sets record, caught stealing 4 times in 1 game
  • 1986-09-25 Houston Astro Mike Scott no-hits SF Giants, 2-0
  • 1987-09-27 Atlanta Braves Phil Niekro's final MLB appearance, he surrenders for 5 runs in 3 innings against the San Francisco Giants
  • 1987-10-14 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat San Francisco Giants, 4 games to 3

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1989-07-05 Barry Bonds homers in Pittsburgh's 6-4 loss vs SF Giants, joining father Bobby Bonds as MLB father-son HR record holders (408)

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1989-10-04 SF Giants 1st baseman Will Clark hits first NLCS grand slam since 1977 in 11-3 win v Chicago Cubs; Clark goes 4-for-4 with 2 HRs to tie NLCS RBI record (6) for an entire series in less than 4 innings
  • 1989-10-09 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 1
  • 1990-01-22 Will Clark, NL's MVP signs a $15M 4-year contract with SF Giants
  • 1991-06-18 SF Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky's cancerous left arm is amputated
  • 1992-08-07 San Francisco Giants announce sale of MLB franchise to group of Tampa Bay investors; move blocked by other investors
  • 1992-12-06 San Francisco Giants sign record $43million USD pact with Pirates MLB outfielder Barry Bonds
  • 1995-12-21 SF Giants announce plans to build a new stadium to open in 2000
  • 1996-09-26 SF Giant Barry Bonds is 2nd player to hit 40 HRs & steal 40 bases
  • 1997-02-20 San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract
  • 1997-03-11 San Francisco Giant J T Snow suffers a fractured eye socket when hit by a pitch
  • 1997-05-10 Chicago Cubs turn baseballs 68th triple play (vs SF Giants)
  • 1997-05-16 Expos trailing SF Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • 1997-06-10 Kevin Brown of Florida Marlins no hits SF Giants 9-0
  • 1997-06-12 1st ever baseball inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3
  • 1997-11-06 SF Giants manager Dusty Baker named NL Manager of the Year
  • 1998-04-05 The Arizona Diamondbacks record their first win in team history with a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Phoenix, AZ; ends second-worst start ever (0-5) by an expansion team
  • 2001-10-03 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds Is walked for the 171st time in 11-8 win at Houston; breaks Babe Ruth's 1923 MLB single-season record for walks
  • 2001-10-04 SF Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run in 10-2 win v Houston; ties Mark McGwire for the most MLB home runs in a single season
  • 2002-05-04 Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as an SF Giant, in a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is first player with 400 homers for one team and 100 with another (Pirates)
  • 2002-08-09 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hits his 600th career home run
  • 2002-10-14 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • 2002-10-27 World Series Baseball: Anaheim beats San Francisco Giants, 4-1 in Game 7 at Edison Field to win Angels' first title; MVP: Anaheim 1st baseman Troy Glaus
  • 2004-09-17 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hits his 700th career MLB home run, off San Diego's Jake Peavy
  • 2004-09-22 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds was intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game (MLB record) for the second time (1 May 2004)
  • 2007-08-07 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run to break Hank Aaron's long-standing MLB record

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2008-09-19 Greg Maddux pitches his 5,000th career inning against the San Francisco Giants

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • 2010-10-23 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2

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2012-06-13 San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in the franchise's history against the Houston Astros

Baseball Player José Altuve
Baseball Player
José Altuve
  • 2012-10-22 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3
  • 2013-07-02 Reds pitcher Homer Bailey no-hits SF Giants 3-0 in Cincinnati, his second no-hitter in 10 months
  • 2014-10-16 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • 2015-06-09 Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants becomes first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the 2015 MLB season; blanks New York Mets, 5-0
  • 2019-05-06 Pablo Sandoval becomes second MLB player since 1900 to throw a scoreless outing, hit a home run and steal a base in the same game in SF Giants' 12-4 loss in Cincinnati; joins Christy Mathewson 1905
  • 2020-01-16 Former Sacramento State softball player Alyssa Nakken becomes first woman to hold a coaching position on a MLB staff when named an assistant by the San Francisco Giants

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1911-06-11 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (NY Mets, SF Giants; Wednesday Night Fights), born in Dayton, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1918-01-29 William Rigney, baseball manager (SF Giants)
  • 1918-03-31 Marv Grissom, American baseball pitcher, coach (MLB All Star 1954, NY, SF Giants), born in Los Molinos, CA (d. 2005)
  • 1930-04-12 Johnny Antonelli, American baseball pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star 1954, 56–59²; World Series, NL ERA leader 1954; SF Giants), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2020)

Person of interestWillie Mays

1931-05-06 Willie Mays, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (24 x MLB All Star; 12 x Gold Glove Award; 660 career HRs, NL MVP 1954, 65; SF Giants, NY Mets), born in Westfield, Alabama

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1934-12-02 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball shortstop (first Bahamian to play in MLB; NY/SF Giants; Chicago Cubs), born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 2004)
  • 1937-10-20 Juan Marichal, Dominican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (10 × MLB All-Star; NL wins leader 1968; MLB ERA leader 1969; no-hitter 1963; SF Giants), born in Laguna Verde, Dominican Republic
  • 1938-09-29 Mike McCormick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1960–1961²; NL Cy Young Award 1967; NL wins leader 1967; NL ERA leader 1960; SF Giants), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2020)
  • 1942-04-05 Peter Magowan, American businessman, MLB owner (SF Giants), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)
  • 1942-07-04 Hal Lanier, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Denton, North Carolina
  • 1943-03-24 Jesus Alou, baseball outfielder (SF Giants)
  • 1946-03-15 Bobby Bonds, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1968-81, 3x All-Star, 3x Golden Glove (San Francisco Giants, 1968-74 and 7 other teams), father of Barry Bonds, born in Riverside, California (d. 2003)
  • 1947-05-26 Darrell Evans, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1973, 83); World Series 1984; AL HR leader 1985; Atlanta Braves, SF Giants, Detroit Tigers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1949-01-03 Gary Lavelle, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1977, 83; SF Giants), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1955-04-16 Bruce Bochy, American baseball player and manager (San Francisco Giants), born in Landes de Boussac, Bussac-Forêt, France
  • 1956-02-14 Dave Dravecky, American pitcher & amputee (SF Giants), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1956-07-01 Brian Sabean, American MLB executive (SF Giants World Series 2010, 12, 14), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1957-06-08 Don Robinson, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1979, Pittsburgh Pirates; Silver Slugger Award 1982, 89, 90; SF Giants), born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • 1961-10-30 Scott Garrelts, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Urbana, Illinois
  • 1962-01-13 Kevin Mitchell, American baseball outfielder (NL MVP 1989; MLB All Star 1989, 90; SF Giants), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962-03-01 Mark Gardner, American baseball pitcher and coach (World Series 2010, 12, 14; SF Giants), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962-05-10 Robby Thompson, infielder (SF Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1963-02-11 Todd Benzinger, American baseball player (SF Giants), born in Dayton, Kentucky
  • 1963-03-21 Shawon Dunston, infielder (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963-04-13 Mark Leiter, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1963-07-19 Mark Carreon, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964-01-09 Stan Javier, Dominican outfielder (Oak A's, SF Giants), born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1964-03-04 Tom Lampkin, catcher (SF Giants), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1964-03-13 Will Clark, American MLB first baseman (San Francisco Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1964-07-25 José Bautista, Dominican baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1964-10-07 Rich Delucia, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1965-01-20 Brad Brink, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Roseville, California
  • 1965-07-15 Kirt Manwaring, Elmira NY, catcher (SF Giants)
  • 1965-10-25 Steve Decker, American baseball catcher (SF Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • 1965-11-28 Matt Williams, American baseball infielder (5 x MLB All Star; NL home run leader 1994; NL RBI leader 1990; SF Giants) and manager (Washington Nationals), born in Bishop, California
  • 1966-04-11 Steve Scarsone, American baseball infielder (SF Giants), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1967-02-11 John Patterson, American baseball infielder (SF Giants), born in Orange, Texas
  • 1968-06-30 Dan Peltier, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Clifton Park, New York
  • 1968-08-03 Rod Beck, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 94, 97; San Francisco Giants), born in Burbank, California (d. 2007)
  • 1968-11-04 Osvaldo Fernandez, Holguin Cuba, pitcher (SF Giants)
  • 1970-01-02 Royce Clayton, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1997; SF Giants, St Louis Cardinals) and actor (The Rookie, Moneyball), born in Burbank, California
  • 1970-01-20 Marvin Benard, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Bluefields, Nicaragua
  • 1970-01-26 Dan Carlson, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1970-07-16 William Van Landingham, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Columbia, Tennessee
  • 1970-11-18 Allen Watson, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971-01-19 Jeff Juden, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1971-09-02 Rich Aurilia, infielder (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972-04-21 David Williams, Bedford PA, outfielder (SF Giants)
  • 1973-01-29 Jason Schmidt, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 2003, 04, 06; Pittsburgh Pirates, SF Giants), born in Lewiston, Idaho
  • 1974-06-09 Randy Winn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2002; TB Devil Rays, Seattle Mariners, SF Giants) and analyst (NBC Sports Bay Area), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984-10-01 Matt Cain, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants; perfect game 2012; MLB All Star 2009, 11-12), born in Dothan, Alabama

Deaths in Sport

  • 1971-04-19 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (NY Mets, SF Giants; Wednesday Night Fights), dies at 60
  • 2003-08-23 Bobby Bonds, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1968-81, 3x All-Star, 3x Golden Glove (San Francisco Giants, 1968-74 and 7 other teams), father of Barry Bonds, dies of lung cancer and brain tumor at 57
  • 2004-12-13 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball shortstop (first Bahamian to play in MLB; NY/SF Giants; Chicago Cubs), dies at 70
  • 2005-09-18 Marv Grissom, American baseball pitcher, coach (MLB All Star 1954, NY, SF Giants), dies at 87
  • 2007-06-23 Rod Beck, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 94, 97; San Francisco Giants), dies from a drug overdose at 38

Person of interestWillie McCovey

2018-10-31 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1969; NL home run leader 1963, 68, 69; SF Giants), dies of an infection at 80

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • 2019-01-27 Peter Magowan, American businessman, MLB owner (SF Giants), dies of liver cancer at 76
  • 2020-02-28 Johnny Antonelli, American baseball pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star 1954, 56–59²; World Series, NL ERA leader 1954; SF Giants), dies from colon cancer at 89
  • 2020-06-13 Mike McCormick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1960–1961²; NL Cy Young Award 1967; NL wins leader 1967; NL ERA leader 1960; SF Giants), dies of Parkinson’s disease at 81