May 28 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, May 28, 2017


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Here are the top 5 May 28 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1958 at Phillies, the inaugural San Francisco Giants were 26-14 and in first place in front of 10,000 paid on a Wednesday night at Connie Mack, 5-5 with 2 out in the 9th, Willie Kirkland hit a 2 run homer off of Turk Farrell, we held on to win 7-6.  Kirkland is our original right fielder, hit cleanup on opening day in between Mays and Cepeda.  We moved him to Cleveland after the 1960 season with Johnny Antonelli for Harvey Kuenn.

1964 at St Louis, the first place Giants were 23-15, we trailed 1-0 with 2 out and a man on in the bottom of the 8th, Willie Mays hit a 2 run homer off of Curt Simmons and we won 2-1.  Mays hit 47 homers in '64, had a 172 OPS+, Mays had 11 WAR in '64 it is his second best season.

Walk off 1970 home vs Dodgers, yes, a walk off against the Dodgers, 3-3. Dick Dietz leads off the 9th with a walk off homer off of Jim Brewer.  We signed Dietz when he was 18, this is a decade later, he's the Giants starting catcher and he hit the hell out of the ball, Dick Dietz had a 153 OPS+ in 1970, The best season for a San Francisco catcher not named Buster Posey? Dick Dietz, 1970.

1978 home vs Dodgers, at 27-15 the Giants were in first place, down 3-1 in the 6th Mike Ivie hits a pinch grand slam off of Don Sutton.  We'd win the game 6-5.  We got Ivie in February from the Padres for Derrel Thomas and he had the two best seasons of his career in '78 and '79.  This was Ivie's 28th career homer and his third grand slam.  There were 56,000 paid at the Stick - a record at the time.

Walk off 2004 home vs Colorado, 2-2 with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th, Barry Bonds hits a 2 run game winning homer off of Tim Harikkala. It was our 7th straight win. It's Barry's 671st career homer and the 10th and final walk off homer of his career.  It's his last superhuman year, Barry had an OPS+ of 263 and was 11 wins above replacement.  It's his 4th best Giants season meaning its the 4th best season for any left fielder in organizational history.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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