Synopses & Reviews
With a history that straddles two coasts and more than a century of winning, the San Francisco Giants baseball club stands out as one of the great franchises of professional sports. The Giants’ World Series victory in 2012 marked their second championship in three years and helped further secure the team’s place among baseball’s elite teams. The organization boasts more Hall of Fame inductees than any other baseball team, as well as 22 National League pennants gathered over nine different decades. From McGraw and Mathewson to Mays and Marichal, Hubbell and Ott to Cain and Posey, the Giants have been bringing excitement and drama to the diamond for generations. Giants Past and Present goes around the horn to celebrate the legends at each position on the field—from the little-remembered stars of the nineteenth century to the champions of tomorrow—and visits the memorable and distinctive ballparks that have housed the team on two ends of the continent. Author and baseball fan Dan Fost presents the players, the dugout and front-office wizards, the voices from the broadcast booth, the hard-luck heroes, and the myriad rites of spring that keep fans coming back year after year. Complete with chapters on uniforms, ballpark food, fans, and more, Giants Past and Present will take you back to warm summer days at the Polo Grounds, breezy summer nights at Candlestick Park, and all the latest memories being made at AT&T Park by the Bay.
“As reasonably priced coffee table books go, ‘Giants Past and Present’ offers as good an overview as any book currently available on the team.” - Weekend Salinas Californian
Revised and updated to celebrate the San Francisco Giants’ latest World Series victory in 2012, Giants Past & Present offers a unique look back at 130 years of one of baseball’s most storied and successful franchises.
(San Rafael, CA) is a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area whose work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times
, USA Today
, Popular Science
, and San Francisco
magazine. He has written numerous articles about the San Francisco Giants and is an avid baseball fan.
About the Author
San Rafael, CA
Table of Contents
Photo and Illustration CreditsPreface and AcknowledgmentsNew York Past, San Francisco PresentLeagues and TeamsThe Great Teams and DynastiesFamous PlayoffsWorld SeriesGaffes and ControversiesHeartbreaks and Close CallsThe Giants–Dodgers RivalryCrosstown and Cross-League Rivals: The Yankees and A’sAll-Star GamesThe OwnersThe General ManagersThe Trading PostGiant CharactersSalariesGiant ManagersThe Race BarrierLatin PlayersNicknamesRookiesCatchersFirst BasemenSecond BasemenShortstopsThird BasemenOutfieldersHome-Run HeroesRight-Handed PitchersLeft-Handed PitchersRelieversUniformsThe BallparksThe Playing FieldsBillboards and ScoreboardsBullpens, Dugouts, and ClubhousesGiant Fans and Knothole GangsFood at the BallparkSportswritersVoices of the GiantsSpring TrainingOn the FarmBibliography and ResourcesIndex