A Look Back – Opening Day at Seals Stadium in 1958
“Fifty years later, Mike Murphy remembers. He cried. Just 15 years old, the kid from San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood sat in the Double Play at 16th and Bryant Street, reeling from the news delivered to him that late summer day in 1957: The San Francisco Seals were no more.
His beloved Seals, the Seals who had played ball in the City since 1903, three years before the Great Earthquake and Fire, were being made extinct. Murphy should have known something was wrong when Seals President Jerry Donovan asked to take him to lunch to break some news. The Giants were coming, and San Francisco would be a minor-league town no more. Across the street from the Double Play stood Seals Stadium, which was just months away from playing host to the first big- league ballgame on the West Coast between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers— two franchises that had called New York home since the nineteenth century.” – San Francisco Giants: 50 Years