April, 2017 Athlete of the Month

Monday, April 24, 2017

March is here.

A'ja Wilson.  Runners-up: Joel Berry, Sergio Garcia, Eric Thames

One third of 2017 down.  Who is going to be athlete of the year for 2017?

January - Deshaun Watson
February - Tom Brady
March - Russell Westbrook
April - A'ja Wilson

April 24 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History


What is this all about?

Here are the Top April 24 Moments in San Francisco Giants history

Walk off 1958 home vs Cardinals, the first walk off in San Francisco history was the day before, here, in the 9th game since the move west, we do it again, and again, it was Daryl Spencer.  The Giants came into the bottom of the 9th down 5-4, we scraped across the tying run and with the bases loaded and two out, Spencer singled home Danny O'Connell off Billy Muffett to win the game.  Spencer was a New York Giant, signed in 1950, came up in '52, was in the military during the '54 Championship season, came back in '56 and made the move to San Francisco.  We moved him in 1960 with Leon Wagner for Don Blasingame.

1966 at Houston, down a run in the 8th inning, two batters before, Mays tied the game at 2 with a solo homer off Jim Owens, and here Jim Ray Hart did the same, putting us up 3-2 in a game we'd win 4-2.  In organizational history, only 5 Giant third basemen had more plate appearances than Hart.  Through 2016 he remains the 19th best player in San Francisco history.

1969 home vs Braves, scoreless game with an out in the 7th, Jack Hiatt hits a two run homer off Milt Pappas, we won 5-1.  Hiatt could help you a little with the bat, in 5 years with the club as a backup catche (we got him for Jose Cardenal in '64) his OPS+ was 112.  This was his last year as a Giant; we sold him to the Expos.

1970 home vs. Expos, 4600 paid attendance for a night game at the Stick against the 1-9 Expos, 2-2 in the 7th, Ron Hunt hit a three run homer off Dan McGinn.  We won 12-3.  Hunt only spent three seasons with the Giants but they were solid years, his '68 remains (as of 2016) one of the 15 best seasons for a Giant second baseman in organizational history - Hunt's one of the rare players moved in a Giants/Dodgers trade, we got him for Tom Haller.

1975 at Houston, 5-5. two out in the 9th, Von Joshua singles home Derrel Thomas off of Ken Forsch and 6-5 will be the final score.  Joshua had been a career Dodger, waived after the '74 season; he had a bad career, Joshua was a sub replacement player in a 10 year career --- except for '75, it's not just his career year, '75 was markedly better than the rest of Joshua's career combined, his 120 OPS+ was 29 points higher than his career average.  He led off, he played center field - Willie Mays' position - and still had his best ever season.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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