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In 2008, to celebrate our 50th anniversary in San Francisco we installed a timeline on the View Level at the ballpark which highlighted some of our great players and amazing moments. We know that all of our fans are not able to come to a game at the park, or those who do may not be old enough to remember some of our alumni. For this road trip we decided to showcase the timeline and give everyone a bit more information about the moments. Today we are checking out our first few years in San Francisco, from Seals Stadium to winning the 1962 Pennant.
Are they going to play baseball here? Felipe Alou asked himself. Alou braced himself for his new ballpark and quietly knew that his teammates would not be happy with what Vice President Richard Nixon, on Opening Day 1960, called “the finest ballpark in America.” Nixon’s evaluation would not be treated kindly by history. “The wind blew right in your face,” Alou said. “Candlestick Park, to this day, was the single most difficult park to play baseball I ever saw, anywhere, at any level. Which is why, he added, Willie Mays was the greatest ballplayer he ever encountered. – San Francisco Giants: 50 Years
“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