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The San Francisco Giants
Founded - 1883 as the New York Gothams
Stadium - AT&T Park since 2000 (San Francisco, California);
Best Team Record - 106-47 (.693) 1904; National League Champions
Worst Team Record - 48-88 (.353) 1902; 8th Place National League
World Series Winners - 1888 6-4 vs. St. Louis; 1889 6-3 vs. Brooklyn 1905 4-1 vs. Athletics; 1921 5-3 vs. Yankees; 1922 4-0-1 vs. Yankees; 1923 4-2 vs. Yankees; 1933 4-1 vs. Senators; 1954 4-0 vs. Indians; 2010 4-1 vs. Rangers
Division Winners - 1888 1889 1905 1911 1912 1913 1917 1921 1922 1923 1924 1933 1936 1937 1951 1954 1962 1971 1987 1989 1997 2000 2003 2010
Wild Card Winners - 2002

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The Beginning - The New York Gothams joined the National League in 1883, and survived the American Association/National League merger in 1884. In 1885, the team began playing as the New York Giants.

Headed West - The Giants headed west after the 1957 season, establishing Major League Baseball's presence in California along with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1958. The Giants built their new stadium, Candlestick park, on a former landfill, in a spot prone to dense fog and summer nights so cold fans needed blankets at the ballgame.

Best Trade in Team History - The phrase "know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em" comes to mind with respect to Christy Mathewson. Before he had a chance to play a single major league game, the Giants acquired Mathewson from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for veteran Amos Rusie in December of 1900. Rusie played three more games in his career, while Mathewson went on to become one of the top pitchers of all time.

Years later, in 1916, the Giants bundled Mathewson with two other players and sent him back to the Reds in exchange for Buck Herzog and Red Killefer. Mathewson played exactly one more game, pitching a nine inning complete game and giving up eight runs before retiring.

Worst Trade in Team History - In 1926, the Giants sent Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring to the St. Louis Cardinals for Rogers Hornsby. Hornsby was awesome in his one year with the Giants, while Frankie Frisch became a cornerstone of the Cardinals, leading them to four World Series and winning the NL MVP in 1931. Links for the San Francisco Giants

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2010 San Francisco Giants Preview: Optimism Opted Out
With the quality of the Giants' pitching, it's not out of the question to imagine the Giants winning the National League West in 2010, but it'll take everything falling neatly into place for that to happen.

2009 San Francisco Giants Preview: Optimism Opted Out
A lot of Giants fans, I have sensed, seem to be particularly optimistic this spring that the reigning NL Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum, along with five-time winner Randy Johnson, can help lead their team back to the top of the diluted National League West and into the World Series. I only wish I could share their optimism.

It’s Been a Long Year… Already
If its spring, you have reason to be optimistic. Unless of course, if you’re a San Francisco Giants fan in 2008. In that case, well, it’s been a long year…already.

The Greatest Giant Ever
Rich pays homage to the Say Hey Kid.

Time to Blow It up
An open letter to Brian Sabean from one of his biggest fans.

Saying Goodbye to Shooter
RIP, Rod Beck

Tim Lincecum - The Future
Yet another pitcher gets overlooked due to his small stature.

Year in Review - Top Ten Stories of 2005 As the new year approaches, let's take the time to reflect on the 2005 season, which turned out to be significant on many levels. Find out what events made Asher's Top 10 Stories of 2005.

Giants and Angels Plays Meaningless Trade Game
In perhaps the most meaningless trade of the off-season so far, the Giants sent Edgardo Alfonzo to the Angels for Steve Finley.

The Fifty-Sixth Annual Dave Kingman Award
But it takes a special quality to earn the Kingman. You can’t describe it, but you know what it is. Kingman had it. Tony Batista had it. Tony Armas had it. Just that certain quality that sets the truly unproductive players apart from all the others. Pedro Feliz has this quality.

Trade Analysis: Latroy Hawkins for Jerome Williams and David Aardsma 5/28/05
Whether the Cubs are attemping to replace Mark Prior, or simply gearing up for the future, this trade won't help them much. Read on to see how the trade might affect the Giants.

Don't Tell the Giants...4/05/05
Sports Weekly's Bob Nightengale earns our inaugural Bonehead Sportswriter of the Month Award for his reckless support of Pedro Feliz and the Barry Bondsless Giants. You have to read it to believe it.

2005 Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
Last season was exciting yet disappointing for the San Francisco Giants. They remained in the pennant race until the final week of the season, and were in the Wild Card race until the final series.
So what does the 2005 season entail for this team of aging veterans? Find out.

Mid-Summer Bonds Debate
From Summer 2004, a debate between Scott, Keith, Asher, and Karl about Barry Bonds, MVPS, and the value of his OPS numbers.

Take a Pitch; A Walk Can Win a Game
Back in 2004, Asher postulated that the Giants would be better off if Barry Bonds just weren't so darn choosy at the plate; That Bonds' walks did not lead to runs, etc. Keith debunks all that, but reader beware! There's a lot of statistical analysis involved in Keith's calculations.

What Does it All Mean
A fan writes in and asks Asher what he thinks will be the ultimate importance of the steroid issue.

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All Time Team
Best Overall Player
Best Overall Pitcher
Worst Overall Player

Worst Overall Pitcher
Most Overrated Player
Most Underrated Player
Best Player Name
First Base

Second Base
Third Base
Left Field
Center Field
Right Field
Fourth Outfielder
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
John McGraw
Willie Mays
Christy Mathewson
Johnnie LeMaster
Pedro Feliz
Mark Davis
Orlando Cepeda
Bobby Bonds
Atlee Hammaker
Roger Bresnahan
Willie McCovey
Orlando Cepeda
Larry Doyle
Matt Williams
Travis Jackson
Freddie Lindstrom
Barry Bonds
Willie Mays
Mel Ott
Bobby Thomson
Christy Mathewson
Carl Hubbell
Juan Marichal
Gaylord Perry
Joe McGinnity
Rob Nen
Rod Beck
All Time Leaders
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
Stolen Bases
Total Bases
Batting Average
Games Pitched
Innings Pitched
Bases on Balls
2857 - Willie Mays
10477 - Willie Mays
2011 - Willie Mays
3187 - Willie Mays
504 - Willie Mays
162 - Mike Tiernan*
646 - Willie Mays
1860 - Mel Ott
428 - Mike Tiernan*
5907 - Willie Mays
.341 - Bill Terry
Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds
647 - Gary Lavelle
4779.2 - Christy Mathewson
372 - Christy Mathewson
188 - Christy Mathewson
2504 - Christy Mathewson
1588 - Amos Rusie*
2.12 - Christy Mathewson
79 - Christy Mathewson
206 - Robb Nen
Single Season Leaders

681 - Joe Moore, 1935
138 - Mel Ott, 1929
254 - Bill Terry, 1930
49 - Jeff Kent, 2001
25 - Larry Doyle, 1911
73 - Barry Bonds, 2001
151 - Mel Ott, 1929
58 - Billy North, 1979
411 - Barry Bonds, 2001
.401 - Bill Terry, 1930
.609 - Barry Bonds, 2004
.863 - Barry Bonds, 2001
1.422 - Barry Bonds, 2004
89 - Julian Tavarez, 1997
89 - Jim Brower, 2004
434 - Joe McGinnity, 1903
37 - Christy Mathewson, 1908
27 - Luther Taylor, 1901
267 - Christy Mathewson, 1903
128 - Jeff Tesreau, 1914
1.66 - Carl Hubbell, 1933
12 - Christy Mathewson, 1908
48 - Rod Beck, 1993
Hall of Fame
Amos Rusie
Bill Terry
Buck Ewing
Carl Hubbell
Christy Mathewson
Gaylord Perry
George Davis
John McGraw (Mgr)
Juan Marichal
Mel Ott
Roger Bresnahan
Roger Connor
Tim Keefe
Willie Mays
Willie McCovey
Orlando Cepeda
Leo Durocher (Mgr)
Freddie Lindstrom
Joe McGinnity
Travis Jackson
Rube Marquard
Jim O'Rourke
George Kelly
John Ward
Mickey Welch
Ross Youngs

*BaseballEvolution Hall of Famer
Bold players are in both Halls
Award Winners
Most Valuable Player
Larry Doyle - 1912
Carl Hubbell - 1933
Carl Hubbell - 1936
Willie Mays - 1954
Willie Mays - 1965
Willie McCovey - 1969
Kevin Mitchell - 1989
Barry Bonds - 1993
Jeff Kent - 2000
Barry Bonds - 2001
Barry Bonds - 2002
Barry Bonds - 2003
Barry Bonds - 2004

Cy Young
Mike McCormick - 1967
Tim Lincecum - 2008
Tim Lincecum - 2009

Rookie of the Year
Orlando Cepeda - 1958
Willie McCovey - 1959
Gary Matthews - 1973
John Montefusco - 1975

Fireman of the Year
Rod Beck - 1994

Dave Kingman
Dave Kingman - 1972
Dave Kingman - 1973
Dave Kingman - 1974
Matt Williams - 1992
Pedro Feliz - 2005
Pedro Feliz - 2006

Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins
Freddy Sanchez - 2009
Club Members
Triple Crown Hitters

Triple Crown Pitchers
Christy Mathewson (31/206/1.28) 1905
Christy Mathewson (37/259/1.43) 1908

3-4-5 Club
Barry Bonds
Mel Ott

100-Plus Club
Mike Donlin (6/106) 1908
Irish Meusel (16/132) 1922
Irish Meusel (19/125) 1923
George Kelly (21/136) 1924
Bill Terry (20/121) 1927
Mel Ott (42/151) 1929
Bill Terry (14/117) 1929
Bill Terry (23/129) 1930
Bill Terry (9/112) 1931
Mel Ott (35/135) 1934
Mel Ott (33/135) 1936

500 Outs Club

50 Home Run Club
Willie Mays (51) 1955
Willie Mays (52) 1965
Barry Bonds (73) 2001

30-30 Club
Willie Mays (36/40) 1956
Willie Mays (35/38) 1957
Bobby Bonds (32/45) 1969
Tommy Harper (31/38) 1970
Bobby Bonds (39/43) 1973
Barry Bonds (33/31) 1995
Barry Bonds (42/40) 1996
Barry Bonds (40/37) 1997