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Turn Back The Century – 1912

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Team Photo (check out the photos below to see the reaction to Brandon Belt wearing a SF sweatshirt over of his jersey)

TURN BACK THE CLOCK… The Giants and Cubs wore replica uniforms from 1912 today… Some  elements from today’s turn back the century game include:

• The scoreboard had a vintage look and videos were not shown.
• There was a roving barber shop quartets outside the gates.
• Giants photographers, ushers, security guards, grounds keepers and other staff wore 1912 era garb.
• Only organ music was played the entire game.

Quick Hits for April 6, 2012 – SF at ARI (Game #1)

TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2012 season opener…Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum (13-14, 2.74 in ‘11) will face Diamondbacks’ right-hander Ian Kennedy (21-4, 2.88 in ‘11)…

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Tim Lincecum

HAPPY LINCECUM DAY!...RHP Tim Lincecumwill be making his 4th-consecutive Opening Day start for the Giants...the only other SF Giant with more Opening Day starts is Juan Marichal, who started 10 lid-lifters for the Giants (1962, 1964-69, 1971-73)... Lincecum is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA (3er, 17.0ip) in his 3 Opening Day starts. 

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THE GIANTS...Will embark on their 130th season overall, 55th in San Francisco, in today’s season opener here at Chase Field...the franchise owns a 10,522-9,034 (.538) record over its 1st 129 years, which is the most wins by any ML team.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Buster Posey, Photo

HOMEGROWN ROSTER...Of the Giants’ current 25-man roster, 15 players, including Buster Posey, are considered homegrown, meaning they have been drafted by San Francisco...last season the Giants had 10 homegrown players on their Opening Day roster.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Bruce Bochy

THE SKIPPER....Manager Bruce Bochy is entering his 6th year at the helm of the Giants, and has managed 810 games for the Orange and Black...the Giants have posted a 409- 401 (.505) record during his 5-year tenure.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Gregor Blanco

THE ROSTER...Gregor Blanco was the only non-roster invitee to make the club.
• SF enters 2012 slate with 13 players from its 2011 25-man Opening Day roster.

S.F. Giants, San Francsico Giants, Photo, Brandon Crawford

THE FIRST-TIMERS...SF has 4 players making their 1st appearances on the Opening Day roster: IF Brandon Crawford, RHP Daniel Otero, IF Brett Pill and C Hector Sanchez.

S.F. Giants San Francisco Giants, Photo, Ryan Vogelsong

REHAB START...RHP Ryan Vogelsong started triple-A Fresno’s opener last night in Tucson...Vogelsong tossed 4.0 innings, allowing 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks and 6 Ks...he threw 83 pitches and did not factor into the decision...the Grizzlies defeated the Padres 3-0.

Happy Birthday – Mel Ott

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Hey everyone it’s Mel Ott’s birthday! It’s a bit strange for us because for most alumni there is something that immediately comes to mind when we think of them, but for Mel there’s a bunch of things:

  • He spent his entire career with us (as a player and manager (and a player/manager))
  • He was the first NL player to hit 500 home runs
  • He was a VERY nice man
  • In 1933 he won the World Series for us with a 10th inning home run
  • He was too young when he died in a car accident
  • He was a first ballot Hall of Famer

For all these, and many other, reasons we are happy to say Happy Birthday Master Melvin!

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Hall of Fame Plaque

Happy Birthday – Monte Irvin

Monte Irvin, S.F. Giants, New York Giants, NY Giants, San Francisco Giants

Steve Hathaway took this fantastic shot of Monte when we retired his number in 2010

Somehow saying Happy Birthday to Monte Irvin does not seem enough, after all he’s turning 93 years old today.  He quickly charmed all of us when he came out to AT&T Park in 2010, and we are looking forward to seeing him many times in the years to come.  Happy Birthday Monte!

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By hitting a league leading 121 RBIs in 1951, Monte helped the Giants overtake the Dodgers in the pennant race that year

Monte Irvin, S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, NY Giants, New York Giants

After June 26, 2010 no other Giants player will wear #20 again

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With the Newark Eagles

Monte Irvin, S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, NY Giants, New York Giants

Everyone was thrilled after he threw out the first pitch before Game 1 of the 2010 World Series

Monte Irvin, New York Giants, NY Giants, Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Plaque

Bobby Thomson at the Bat

Bobby Thomson, Ralph Brance, The Polo Grounds

The Shot Heard ‘Round the World

We recently received an email from Steven Jackman, and well, maybe he should tell the story:

“My father wrote a poem in 1951 about Bobby Thomson’s home run. It’s a take-off on Casey at the Bat. He was 20 at the time, and is now 81. He says he sent a copy to the Giants shortly after he wrote it. I would have thought the Giants would have recognized it as a potential instant Giants classic, but somehow it must have slipped through the cracks, and he never heard back. He gave me his copy many years ago, and I recently came upon it in my files. Then I read the news about Don Mueller’s passing, and it occurred to me that I should try sending it to the Giants again while there are still people around who would fully appreciate it.”

We couldn’t agree more and hope everyone likes it as much as we do.

Click to view Norman Jackman’s copy of his poem: Bobby Thomson at the Bat

Bobby Thomson, The Polo Grounds, The Shot Heard 'Round the World, 1951

Bobby Thomson with "The Bat"

Norman Jackman

Shot Heard 'Round the World, Willard Mullin

On October 4, 1951 Willard Mullin commemorated the event by drawing this for the World-Telegram and Sun

Bobby Thomson, 1952 New York Giants Yearbook

Willard Mullin drew the cover of the 1952 New York Giants Yearbook

Bobby Thomson with Peter Magowan before the Dodgers game on October 3, 1993

BOBBY THOMSON

BOBBY THOMSON AT THE BAT

It looked extremely rocky for the Giant nine that day
The score stood one to four with but an inning left to play
A straggling few got up to go leaving there the rest
With that hope which springs eternal within the human breast

Then Dark let drive a single and Mueller did the same
Prayers were uttered by the faithful at the game
For up stepped Monte Irvin, the hero of them all
He stood at the plate and took a mighty swing at the ball
Yet the best he could do was a weak pop to Hodges
And it looked like the pennant would be won by the Dodgers
But the much beloved Lockman had other things in mind
He swung with all his power to bring the Giants from behind
And when the dust had risen and they saw what had occurred
There was Lockman safe at second and Mueller hugging third

Then from the frenzied multitude there came a joyous yell
It bounded on the rooftops and rattled in the dell
It struck upon the hillside and rebounded on the flat
While the mighty Bobby Thomson was advancing to the bat

Ralph Branca warmed up then tugged his belt around
And began the long trip from the bullpen to the mound
Now Branca holds the ball and now he lets it go
And now the air is shattered by the force of Thomson’s blow

Oh somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright
Bands are playing somewhere and somewhere hearts are light
Somewhere people are laughing and somewhere children are having fun
But there is no joy in Brooklyn, Bobby Thomson hit a HOME RUN!

©1951 Norman H. Jackman

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