February 5, 2011 by staff
Sf Giants, The San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in San Francisco, California, playing in the division of the National League West. They are the champions of the World Series under way, after having defeated the Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series four games to one. As one of the oldest baseball teams, they won the most games of any team in the history of American baseball, and any North American professional sports team. They have won 21 National League pennants and has participated in 18 World Series contests, winning six to two on a par with rival Los Angeles Dodgers for most in the league. The Giants have been invited to the World Series, NL record 19 times, but boycotted the event in 1904.
The Giants played at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York, until the end of the season 1957, after which they moved west to California to become the San Francisco Giants. As the New York Giants, they won 14 pennants and five World Championships, the days of John McGraw and Christy Mathewson than Bobby Thomson and Willie Mays. The Giants have won four pennants and the 2010 World Series since his arrival in San Francisco.
The Giants began the second baseball club founded by tobacco millionaire John B. Day and veteran amateur baseball player Jim Mutrie. The Gotham, the Giants were originally known, entered the National League in 1883, while their other club, the Metropolitans (the original Mets) played in the AFC. Nearly half of the original Gotham players were members of the dissolution of Troy Trojans, whose place in the National League of Gotham legacy. Although the metropolitans were initially the most successful club, Day and Mutrie began moving star players of the Gotham and the team won its first National League pennant in 1888 and a victory over St. Louis Browns in an early incarnation of the World Series. They repeated as champions the next year with a pennant and World Series victory over the Brooklyn married.
It is said that after a particularly satisfying victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, Mutrie (who was also team manager) stormed into the dressing room and exclaimed: “My big fellows! My giants! “Consequently, the club was known as the Giants.
Giants original home stadium, the Polo Grounds, also dates from this early period. The first of the Polo Grounds was located north of Central Park near Fifth and Sixth Avenues and 110th and 112th streets in New York neighborhood of Harlem. After the expulsion of the Polo Grounds after the 1888 season, the Giants moved uptown and renamed various fields the Polo Grounds, which were located between 155th and 159th streets in New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Washington Heights. The Giants played at the Polo Grounds until the end of season 1957 when they moved to San Francisco.
The Giants remained a power in the latter half of the 1880s, leading to their first league pennant in 1888 and another in 1889. However, in 1890, almost all the Giants jumped out to upstart players’ league, including the New York franchise was also named Giants. The new team has even built a park next to Grounds for the National League Giants Polo. With a list decimated the Giants finished sixth distance. Attendance dropped and financial difficulties affected the tobacco industry and the day. Players League dissolved after the season, and the day sold a minority stake in PL Giants’ main funder, Edward Talcott. As a condition of sale, the day was to take Mutrie as manager. While the Giants rebounded to third place in 1891, Day was forced to sell controlling interest in Talcott at the end of the season.
Four years later, the Giants Talcott sold to Andrew Freedman, a real estate developer with ties to Tammany Hall. Freedman was one of the most hated owner in baseball history, turned into heated disputes with other owners, writers and his own players. The most famous was with Amos Rusie star pitcher. When Freedman Rusie only offered for 1896 and 2500, Rusie missed the entire season. Participation dropped to around the league because of the loss Rusie, encouraging other owners to chip in for 50,000 and his return for 1897. Day Freedman hired former owner as manager for part of 1899.
In 1902, after a series of disastrous policies that have left the Giants by 53 ½ games behind, Freedman signed John McGraw as a player-manager, to convince him to jump in mid-season Baltimore Orioles American League and take with him several Orioles’ players. McGraw and would manage the Giants for three decades, one of the longest tenures and most successful in professional sports. hiring McGraw was one of the last shots Freedman significant as the owner of the Giants after the season he was forced to sell its stake to John T. Brush. Under McGraw’s Giants won ten National League pennants and three World Championships Series.
The Giants have already had their share of stars during its brief history at this stage, as the smile of Mickey Welch, Roger Connor, Tim Keefe, Jim O’Rourke and John Montgomery Ward, the player-lawyer who formed the renegade League Players’ contracts in 1890 to protest unfair player. McGraw also cultivate his own production of baseball heroes during his time with the Giants. Names such as Christy Mathewson, Joe Iron Man McGinnity, Bill Terry, Jim Thorpe, Mel Ott, Casey Stengel, and Red Ames are just a sampling of the many players who honed their skills under McGraw.
The Giants under McGraw famous snubbed their first World Series in 1904-modern chance meeting with reigning world champion Boston Americans (now known as “Red Sox”)-because McGraw considered the new American League as little more than a minor league. Her initial reluctance was because the intra-city rival New York Highlanders looked like they would win the AL pennant. The Highlanders lost to Boston on the last day, but the Giants stuck by their refusal. McGraw has also managed the Highlanders in their first two seasons, when they were known as the Baltimore Orioles.
The criticism followed the brush head has led an effort to formalize the rules and format of the World Series. The Giants won the 1905 World Series over the Philadelphia Athletics, with Christy Mathewson close to winning the series alone.
The Giants then had several years of frustration. In 1908, they finished tied with the Chicago Cubs and was an extension of a game at the Polo Grounds. The game was a replay of a draw which resulted from the Merkle Boner. They lost the return leg at the Cubs, who would win their second World Series. This game post-season was further marred by a story that someone on the Giants had tried to bribe the umpire Bill Klem. This could have been a disastrous scandal for baseball, but because Klem was honest and the Giants lost, it disappeared over time.
The Giants had some bad luck in the early 1910s, losing three straight World Series from 1911 to the A’s, the Red Sox and A’s again (the Giants and A’s two flags won in 1913, two seasons later, both teams finished in eighth place [last]). After losing the Series 1917 to the Chicago White Sox (the White Sox last World Series win until 2005), the Giants have played in four World Series games in the early 1920s, winning the first two on their tenants, the Yankees, then losing to the Yankees in 1923, when Yankee Stadium opened. They also lost in 1924 when the Washington Senators won their only World Series in their history (before they moved to Minnesota).
A geographical rivalry with the cross-bay American League athletics has grown larger as a result of the meeting of two teams in the World Series of 1989, dubbed the “Battle of the Bay,” which swept Oakland (which has been interrupted by the earthquake of Loma Prieta moments before the game 3). In addition, the introduction of interleague game in 1997 that called for teams to play each other about 6 times every season since 1997. This rivalry, once limited to spring training games, is called “The Battle of the Bay” because both teams are playing on opposite sides of the bay from San Francisco. They played each other fairly evenly, despite the differences ranging from the league, playing style, the stadium, payroll, stereotypes fan base, media coverage, and world record-Series which have all increased the rivalry in recent years. Since the beginning of interleague game, the A’s lead the series 34-28. The intensity of the rivalry and how it is understood varies among fans of the Bay Area. Some are fans of both teams. The “split caps” that include the logos of both teams who best embodies the shared fan base. Other Bay Area fans show competition between the two teams as a “friendly rivalry” with little hatred.
This geographical rivalry is generally considered to be relatively favorable compared to similar cases, including the Subway Series (New York Mets and New York Yankees), Red Line Series (Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox), and Freeway Series (Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels of).
The Giants and A maintain a limited competition in the early twentieth century before the appearance of the Yankees when the Giants were in New York and the A’s were in Philadelphia. The teams were managed by John McGraw and legends Connie Mack, who were friendly rivals and regarded as the premier managers in that time. Each team played in 5 of the first World Series 15 (linking with the Red Sox and Cubs for most World Series appearances during this period). As the New York Giants and Philadelphia A, they met in three World Series with the Giants to win in 1905, and the A’s wins in 1911 and 1913. After conducting the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s, they met in a fourth world series in 1989, the most recent championship for the A’s. [via wikipedia and online sources]
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