The Giants: Memories and Memorabilia from a Century of Baseball

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This fascinating scrapbook of Giants lore will be as difficult to miss as opening day.

Featuring the Giants' most treasured memorabilia, from a Christy Mathewson tobacco card to Dave Dravecky's jersey, this marvelous scrapbook of Giants' lore will enthrall fans from New York to the Bay.

Other Details: 200 illustrations, 150 in full color 132 pages 9 x 9" Published 1993

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Overview

This fascinating scrapbook of Giants lore will be as difficult to miss as opening day.

Featuring the Giants' most treasured memorabilia, from a Christy Mathewson tobacco card to Dave Dravecky's jersey, this marvelous scrapbook of Giants' lore will enthrall fans from New York to the Bay.

Other Details: 200 illustrations, 150 in full color 132 pages 9 x 9" Published 1993

"All Giants fans must buy this book-the history and colorful memorabilia make this a winning combination." --Willie Mays

"This is a must for all Giants' fans, past and present." --Will Clark

"Regardless of your allegiance, these handsome volumes will strike a chord with any baseball fan." --Topps Magazine

Author Biography: Bruce Chadwick has been a sports writer for more than twenty years, reporting for Sports Illustrated, Sport, Sporting News, and the New York Daily News. In addition to six other volumes in the Major League Memories series, Mr. Chadwick is the author of Abbeville's When the Game Was Black and White: The Illustrated History of Baseball's Negro Leagues and How to Buy, Sell, and Invest in Baseball Cards and Sports Memorabilia.

David M. Spindel, a New York-based commercial photographer for almost three decades, has specialized in photographing baseball memorabilia since 1980 and is also widely known for his celebrity portraits. He has illustrated six other volumes in the Major League Memories series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558593794
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Series: Major League Memories Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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Introduction: From Coogan's Bluff to Candlestick

The numbers are impressive enough. Over the course of 109 years in the National League, first in New York and then in San Francisco, the Giants have won sixteen pennants and five world championships. Fans say that in baseball, a sport mired in statistics, the numbers tell the story. Actually, numbers rarely tell the story in sports. That's certainly true with the Giants--the numbers only tell half of it.

Only the Brooklyn Dodgers, who desegregated the game, have had more effect on baseball in America than the Giants. But the Giants made their impact without being first in anything in the major leagues. They weren't the first professional team in the majors and they weren't even among the first teams in the National League (they joined seven years later, in 1883). They weren't the first pro club in New York (a team called the Mutuals was). They didn't win the first World Series or the most World Series or even the most pennants.

But it was the Giants who established professional baseball as the king of sports in the 1880s, a time when the nation was top-heavy with sports, and their success opened the door for the Dodgers and Yankees. It was the Giants who dominated all of baseball in the early years of the twentieth century, when baseball had to fend off boxing, college football, and even six-day bike races for the consumer dollar. It was the managerial genius of the Giants' John McGraw that made the game a manager's game, not a players' game as it had been in the 1800s. It was the college-educated and sophisticated Christy Mathewson, the great Giants pitching phenom, who transformed the game from one played by ruffians to onealso played by college graduates, and in so doing, broadened its box-office appeal to women and children, truly making it a sport for all.

The Giants also gave baseball a never-to-be-forgotten shot of adrenalin, a moment that transcended the sport itself, with their incredible come-from-behind pennant run in 1951, a series topped off by Bobby Thomson's astonishing home run known as "the shot heard 'round the world." And it was the Giants who found a kid named Willie Mays, just a teenager, then playing in the Negro Leagues, and brought him up to the majors to give American one of its most spectacular sports heroes.

Finally, it was the Giants, along with the Dodgers, who brought baseball to California in 1958. Loyal fans in New York hated them for it, but the move made baseball a truly national game, not just a game played between the Atlantic seaboard and the Mississippi River. The move to California completed the dreams of Abner Doubleday, Henry Chadwick, Alexander Cartwright, Rube Foster, and other pioneers of the game, men who believed that baseball would one day be played coast to coast, in front of men, women, and especially children of all colors and all nationalities.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction: From Coogan's Bluff to Candlestick 11
Ch. 1 More Than Polo at the Polo Grounds 1880s-1902 15
Ch. 2 The McGraw Era 1902-1932 25
Ch. 3 Memphis Bill, King Carl, & the New Age 1932-1956 53
Ch. 4 Hell Gate to Golden Gate: The Late Fifties and Sixties 91
Ch. 5 The Lurie Era: The Seventies and Eighties 119
Ch. 6 Today's Giants 137
Giants Greats 146
Giants Statistics 150
Bibliography 152
Autograph Page 153
Index 154
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