May 19 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, May 19, 2017


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Here are the top 5 May 19 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1963 home vs Phillies, second half of a Sunday doubleheader, Giants in first place, down 3-2 with 2 out in the 5th, Ed Bailey hits a 3 run homer off John Boozer to put us up 5-3.

Walk off 1963 home vs Phillies, same game, it's now tied 5-5, with an out in the 9th Felipe Alou hit the game winning homer off Ryne Duran. In the offseason we'd move both Alou and Bailey in the same deal, to the Brewers for Del Crandall.

1972 home vs Atlanta, the Giants are 9-23 and no one is at the park for this Friday night game (I might have been there.  Was I there?) We were down 5-1 but scored 6 in the 7th, the big blow being a 2 run Garry Maddox double off Pat Jarvis.  We won 7-6.  This is Maddox's rookie year, we drafted him in '68, he came up in '72 and replaced Willie Mays as the starting center fielder.  He was good - through 2016 the 37th best season for a CF in organizational history is Maddox's the following year.  In early '75 we moved him to Philadelphia where he'd spend the rest of his career.

1979 at Atlanta, Giants looking to take both ends of a doubleheader, 2 outs in the top of the 11th, 5-5, a man on - Willie McCovey hits a 2 run homer off of Gene Garber.  We'll win the game 7-6. McCovey's 41 in '79, his last full season.  It's his 507th career homer, he only has 14 left to hit.

1992 home vs Pirates, down 2-1 in the 6th, Will Clark hits a two run homer off Doug Drabek, we go on to win 7-2. Will came up hitting, from a homer off Nolan Ryan in his big league debut in '86 until this to beat Drabek with his 150th career homer.  He had a 148 OPS+ in '92.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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