The San Francisco Giants actually started out in New York in 1883 as the New York Gothams. They were formed when the National League awarded its franchise rights to John B. Day. The Gothams replaced the Tory Trojans in their first season, finishing in sixth place. Throughout their tenure as a New York City team, the Giants had numerous inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 1957, the team relocated from New York City to San Francisco after the season end. The Giants would not return to a World Series until 1989. Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, Barry Bonds and Gaylord Perry are just a few of baseball’s greatest players who took part in three World Series titles and six National League (NL) pennants since moving to San Francisco.
During the ‘70s, the team gave up several players who would become successful elsewhere and two Giants became Rookies of the Year, outfielder Gary Matthews in 1973 and no-hit pitcher John Mantefusco in 1975.
In ’76, the team was sold to Bob Lurie saving it from a move to Toronto. The ’70s remained a bit of a challenge for the Giants who finished no higher than third place except for once in 1978.
In 1981, the Giants made history by becoming the first National League team to hire a minority manager, Frank Robinson. Unfortunately, he did not bring much success and only lasted four years.
Making history again, in 1985 the Giants lost 100 games which would prove to be the most in franchise history. This inspired Lurie to hire Al Rosen as general manager and Roger Craig as field manager. Proving to be a wise decision, the Giants had a winning records during Craig’s tenure from 1985-1992. Despite using 15, yes count em’, 15 starting pitchers during the regular season they won the National League Penant in ’89 only to lose the World Series in a disappointing sweep by the Oakland A’s. In the wake of the sweep, in ’92, the Giants were nearly acquired by Vince Naimoli who had plans to relocate them to Tampa Bay.
Following three consecutive losing seasons, 1997-1999 would prove to be a rebuilding season for the Giants under the leadership of General Manager Brian Sabean.
After 40 years at Candlestick Park, in 2000, the Giants would hit the turf at AT&T Park where they routinely sell out the 43,000-seat stadium. The new location annually vies for highest MLB season attendance in contrast to often having lowest attendance in the NL (or close to it) before.
By 2002, the Giants would finish 2nd in the NL West (as a wildcard) with a then-record 198 walk season by Barry Bonds. The 50th season, in 2008, would mark the first year Barry Bonds was no longer a member of the team since first signing with them in ’92. However, they found new hope in pitcher Tim Lincecum who would assist in finishing the season in fourth place in the NL West.
In 2010, the Giants defeated the Braves three games to one taking them to the World Series where they would beat the Texas Rangers and put their first San Francisco World Series win in the record books.
The Giants would go on to win two more World Series Championships – in 2012 against the Detroit Tigers and again in 2014 over the Kansas City Royals.
The Giants have announced their 2019 schedule. Be sure to check it out and take part in this all-time American favorite sport!
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