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Happy 80th Birthday Davey!

Tonight was a very special evening. For more than 50 years, Jim Davenport has played various roles within the Giants organization. He was an All-Star third baseman and Gold Glove winner in 1962, while playing alongside future Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry.  After a 13 year career as the Giants third baseman, this Forever Giant continued to contribute to the organization as a third base coach, a manager, and in various roles throughout our minor league system. A native of Suluria, Alabama, he signed with the Giants in 1958 and is still serving as a special assistant for Brian Sabean and our baseball operations department.

This past Saturday, on August 17th, Davey celebrated his 80th birthday and tonight Giants fans were able to wish him a Happy Birthday and thank him for his on-going service to the San Francisco Giants organization.

The Best of the Best – Third Basemen

Since 1970 fans have been able to vote their favorite position players and last year Giants fans accepted the challenge and as The Sporting News put it, “MLB All-Star Game 20102: Giants fans know best; their guys lead NL rout”.  Voting has started to for the 2013 game so let’s keep the tradition going!

Between John McGraw managing the first All Star Game, to Bruce Bochy managing the next one, 88 players have represented the Giants in the Mid-Summer Classic.

No one who has more than 5 letters in their first name has represented the Giants at Third Base:

  1. Sid Gordon
  2. Jim Davenport
  3. Jim Ray Hart
  4. Chris Brown
  5. Matt Williams
  6. Pablo Sandoval

View Level Timeline – Part 2

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.  These banners highlight everything from the 60s to the mid-80s.

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The fourth banner focuses on the Giants relationship with Japan

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Mike McCormick, the Giants first (& the only, up to 2008) Cy Young Award Winner is on the fifth banner.

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Long-term players of the 60s highlight the seventh panel

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The 60s move into the 70s with on next one

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We pay tribute to the pitchers of the 70s & 80s on the eighth banner

1962 Team Reunion

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2 score and 10 years ago our team brought forth for this city, a winning tradition, conceived in teamwork, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created Giants…

Last week we featured a special reunion of the 1962 team to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first World Series in San Francisco with 13 members of the 1962 team participating in the ceremony.  As Mike Krukow said, “They set the tone for what it means to be a San Francisco Giant.”

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Opening Day, 1962 Team Reunion, Lon Simmons, Mike Krukow, Jon Miller

Lon Simmons, Mike Krukow and Jon Miller

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Opening Day, 1962 Team Reunion, Mike McCormick, Willie Mays

Mike McCormick and Willie Mays

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Opening Day, 1962 Team Reunion, Willie McCovey, Javier Lopez

Willie McCovey and Javier Lopez

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Opening Day, 1962 Team Reunion, Orlando Cepeda, Carl Boles

Orlando Cepeda and Carl Boles

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Opening Day, 1962 Team Reunion, Mark Gardner, Jim Davenport

Mark Gardner and Jim Davenport

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Opening Day, 1962 Team Reunion, Ryan Vogelsong, Don Larsen

Ryan Vogelsong and Don Larsen

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Opening Day, 1962 Team Reunion, Sergio Romo, Felipe Alou

Sergio Romo and Felipe Alou

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Opening Day, 1962 Team Reunion, Alvin Dar, Lon Simmons, Gaylord Perry, Ernie Bowman, Billy Pierce

Alvin Dark, Billy Pierce, Ernie Bowman, Gaylord Perry, Lon Simmons

Opening Day in San Francisco

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Opening DayAfter a stormy evening, San Franciscians experienced a perfect day at AT&T Park.  Pregame festivities began with the introduction of the 2012 and 1962 Giants.  The 41,138 fans were also treated to a fantastic flyover by the pilots of Lemoore Naval Air Station and a touching tribute to Giants fan Bryan Stow.  Matt Cain kept the excitement going with a complete game shutout.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Opening Day, Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval, who has hit safely in all 6 games to start the season, high-fives down the line.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Opening Day, Jim Davenport, Alvin Dark

Jim Davenport and Alvin Dark (l-r) in the dugout before the Opening Day ceremony where the 1962 Giants team was honored.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Opening Day, Jeremy Affeldt

Jeremy Affeldt escorts Tyler Stow off the field after he threw out the first pitch in honor of his father, Bryan Stow.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Opening Day, Mike McCormick, Barry Zito

Cy Young Award winners, Mike McCormick laughs with Barry Zito before they Jon Miller introduces them to the crowd.

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The VFA-192 “Golden Dragons” from Lemoore Naval Air Station thrilled everyone in the ballpark with their spectacular flyover.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Opening Day, Angel Pagan, Willie Mays

Center Fielders, Willie Mays and Angel Pagan discuss the finer point of baseball during the pregame ceremonies.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Opening Day, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Javier Lopez, Clay Hensley, Santiago Casilla, Gaylord Perry,

Willie McCovey, Orando Cepeda and Gaylord Perry are presented with watches by members of the 2012 team.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco, Photo, 2012, Matt Cain

Matt Cain allowed one hit in his complete game shutout.

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