April 7th, 2012

A beautiful Day For Baseball

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Chase Field

With the roof open and a light wind the 34,789 fans were able to enjoy a wonderful day of baseball in the desert.

The final score was not what we wanted, but with sunny skies and a starting temperature of 79 degrees it was a great day to play baseball.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Brandon Crawford S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Angel Pagan S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Javier Lopez S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Guillermo Mota S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Pablo Sandoval S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Bret Pill

Quick Hits for April 7, 2012 – SF at ARI (Game #2)

TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left- hander Madison Bumgarner (13-13, 3.21 in ‘11) will face Diamondbacks’ right-hander Daniel Hudson (16-12, 3.49 in ‘11)…

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Madison Bumgarner S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Guillermo Mota S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Gregor Blanco S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Clay Hensley

 

Happy Birthday – John McGraw

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 1911 World Series, Photo, New York Giants, Hall of Fame, John McGraw,

John McGraw during batting practice in the 1911 World Series

“In playing or managing, the game of ball is only fun for me when I’m out in front and winning. I don’t give a hill of beans for the rest of the game.” – John McGraw

Called “the best player to become a manager” John McGraw still holds the record for National League victories with 2,669, while holding the third best on base percentage in ML history with .466 (behind Ted Williams and Babe Ruth). Baseball was everything to him, and he is credited with many baseball innovations, including using a relief pitcher to save a game, the hit and run and using signs to talk with players on the field. In the 31 years he spent with the Giants we won 3 World Series and 10 National League Pennants. As Connie Mack said, “There has been only one manager, and his name is John McGraw.” Happy Birthday John!

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, New York Giants, Hall of Fame, John McGraw,

McGraw made his Major League debut at the age of 18, in 1891, with the Baltimore Orioles

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, New York Giants, Hall of Fame, John McGraw,

Near the end of his career McGraw started wearing a suit when managing games

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, New York Giants, Hall of Fame, John McGraw, Connie Mack

McGraw came out of retirement to manage the National League in the 1933 All Star Game. He is pictured here with AL manager, Connie Mack.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, New York Giants, Hall of Fame, John McGraw,

In his first 4 years in New York (1902-1906) McGraw was the Giants player/manger

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, New York Giants, Hall of Fame, John McGraw,

John Joseph McGraw was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1937

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