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100 Things Giants Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

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Most San Francisco Giants fans have taken in a game or two at AT&T Park, have seen highlights of Willie Mays’ basket catch on YouTube, and were thrilled by the team’s World Series wins in 2010, 2012 and 2014, but even the die-hards—those who remember which pitcher started the first home game in San Francisco’s history, have attended a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium, or know how many home runs Barry Bonds hit into McCovey Cove during his record-setting career—will appreciate this ultimate resource ...

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Overview

Most San Francisco Giants fans have taken in a game or two at AT&T Park, have seen highlights of Willie Mays’ basket catch on YouTube, and were thrilled by the team’s World Series wins in 2010, 2012 and 2014, but even the die-hards—those who remember which pitcher started the first home game in San Francisco’s history, have attended a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium, or know how many home runs Barry Bonds hit into McCovey Cove during his record-setting career—will appreciate this ultimate resource guide for true fans of the San Francisco Giants. For both boosters from the days of Bobby Thomson and recent supporters of Bruce Bochy, Matt Cain, and Buster Posey, these are the 100 things all fans need to know and do in their lifetime. Longtime sportswriter Bill Chastain has collected every essential piece of Giants knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist that leads the way to achieving fan superstardom. This updated World Series edition features the Giants' unforgettable 2014 season.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600788376
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Series: 100 Things...Fans Should Know
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 282,734
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Chastain began his journalism career as a freelance writer shortly after graduating from Georgia Tech in 1979. Some of the more notable publications where his stories have appeared over the years include: Razor Magazine, Nation's Business, SPORT Magazine, and Inside Sports. Chastain worked as a sports reporter for The St. Petersburg Times and The St. Petersburg Evening Independent before going to The Tampa Tribune in 1990, where he worked for twelve years as a columnist and sports reporter. While with the Tribune he also served as a correspondent for Sports Illustrated. He is the author of Payne at Pinehurst: The Greatest U.S. Open Ever; Purpose and Passion: Bobby Pruett and the Marshall Years; Steel Dynasty: The Team that Changed the NFL; Peachtree Corvette Club; September Nights: Chasing the Beasts of the American League East; Jackrabbit: The Story of Clint Castleberry and the Improbable 1942 Georgia Tech Football Season; Hack's 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season; and The Steve Spurrier Story: From Heisman to Head Ball Coach. Currently he covers Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays for MLB.com.

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Table of Contents

1 Willie Mays 1

2 Christy Mathewson 4

3 John McGraw 7

4 Barry Bonds 10

5 The Shot Heard Round the World 12

6 2010: Wonderful Torture 16

7 Juan Marichal 20

8 Bill Terry 23

9 The Catch 26

10 Orlando Cepeda 28

11 Mel Ott 31

12 Willie McCovey 34

13 Tim Lincecum 37

14 The $30,000 Muff 40

15 Candlestick Park 42

16 The Polo Grounds 45

17 The One That Got Away 47

18 Mays Hits Four in One Game 49

19 Bobby Bonds 52

20 Watch M*A*S*H Episode No. 204 54

21 Giants MVPs 56

22 First World Series 58

23 All Alou 60

24 Carl Hubbell's 1934 All-Star Game 62

25 Make a Trip to Cooperstown 64

26 John Roseboro Incident 67

27 Will Clark 69

28 Memorable Marichal-Spahn Matchup 71

29 Giants Move to San Francisco 74

30 Dave Dravecky 77

31 Have a Beer at Lefty O'Doul's 79

32 Read Pitching in a Pinch 81

33 Watch The Fan 82

34 Giants No-Hitters 84

35 Giants Retired Numbers 87

36 Experience McCovey Cove 90

37 Gaylord Perry 92

38 Monte Irvin 95

39 Attend a Game at AT&T Park 97

40 Attend a Spring Training Game in Scottsdale 99

41 Leo Durocher 101

42 Merkle's Boner 104

43 Dusty Baker 106

44 Jack Clark 107

45 Roger Craig 110

46 Attend Giants Fantasy Camp 112

47 Futility in 1985 114

48 103 Wins Not Enough 115

49 Giants Home Run Champions 118

50 Buster Posey 121

51 1997 NLDS 124

52 2000 NLDS 126

53 1971 NLCS 128

54 1987 NLCS 130

55 Bay Bridge Series 132

56 Two Wild-Cards in the World Series 135

57 Jeff Kent 138

58 Giants' First Game in San Francisco 141

59 Giants Defeat Dodgers in '62 Playoff to Win Pennant 143

60 Bonds Breaks McGwire's Record 144

61 Bonds Breaks Aaron's Record 147

62 Matt Williams 150

63 Seals Stadium 153

64 Joe McGinnity 155

65 Try the Basket Catch 157

66 Pig Out at AT&T Park 159

67 Whitey Lockman 160

68 Dusty Rhodes 162

69 Fred Lindstrom 164

70 Alvin Dark 166

71 Talk Trash to a Dodgers Fan 169

72 Rube Marquard 171

73 Visit the Statues at AT&T Park 173

74 The Miracle of Coogan's Bluff 176

75 Shooter 178

76 Sal Maglie 180

77 Mays Breaks Ott's HR Mark 182

78 Brian Johnson Sinks Dodgers 184

79 Learn to Hate the Dodgers 186

80 J.T Snow 189

81 Eddie Stanley 191

82 Giants Rookies of the Year 193

83 Dave Kingman 195

84 Herman Franks 197

85 Felipe Alou 199

86 Robb Nen 201

87 Bonds Joins 40-40 Club 203

88 Read The Echoing Green 205

89 Kong's Bomb Wins the Division 207

90 Mike McCormick 209

91 The Count 211

92 Brian Sabean 213

93 Buck Ewing 215

94 400-400 Club 218

95 Greg Minton 219

96 Rich Aurilia 221

97 1961 All-Star Game 223

98 2007 All-Star Game 225

99 Randy Johnson Gets 300th Win 227

100 Bruce Bochy 229

Sources 232

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    100 Things Giants Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is full of fascinating fact about the San Francisco Giants-From the Giants first years in San Francisco to the Earthquake World Series,this is the ultimate book for longtime Giants fans.

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    Posted March 25, 2013

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    Read this review if u r a giants fan!!!

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    A must for SF/NY Giants Fans

    If you are a long time baseball Giants fan this book will bring back many memories over the years, many which may have been forgotten. They may not be the Yankees but there are many memorable events!

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