Top 10 Moments In San Francisco Giants World Series History
Top 10 Moments In San Francisco Giants World Series History
The San Francisco Giants demolished the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series to clinch their second World Series berth in three years. San Francisco’s celebration will have to be short, as they will face off against the American League pennant winners, the Detroit Tigers.
Second baseman Marco Scutaro was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player after his incredible performance in which he batted .500 with 14 hits in 28 plate appearances. Scutaro also recorded four runs batted in, six runs scored, and three doubles. There is no question the Giants cannot afford him to slow down at this point, as they will need his consistency to continue against the Tigers.
This will be the Giants 22nd World Series appearance and fourth as a part of San Francisco. The franchise had plenty of success in New York as the team won five World Series titles, but the move in 1958 brought a 52-year winless drought.
There is no question this storied franchise’s postseason history is filled with plenty of rich memories. MLB legends and Hall of Famers have played a big part in the 22 National League pennants under the Giants team name. To try and find the top 10 moments in the team’s World Series history is no easy task. Some of the moments were times of great pride for the Giants while others are moments in time that wish to be forgotten. The 2012 team will look to etch their names on this list so their moment can be remembered forever as well.
#10 J.T. Snow Saves Darren Baker in 2002 World Series
In Game 5 of the 2002 World Series, J.T. Snow was running home after Kenny Lofton crushed a triple off the right-field wall. San Francisco manager Dusty Baker’s three-year-old son Darren Baker was the bat boy for the team at the time. Darren ran out to collect Lofton’s bat but failed to see that Snow and David Bell still had to run home. As Snow crossed home plate he miraculously grabbed Darren by the jacket and lifted him into his arms while Bell ran at full speed around third base.
Snow’s quick reactions saved what would have been a certain disaster. The look of terror on the home plate umpire’s face says it all as the play most definitely unfolded in slow motion for everybody involved. Thankfully, no one was hurt and Darren was even able to retrieve Lofton’s bat before returning to the dugout.
#9 Epic Collapse in 2002 World Series
The 2002 World Series was the first time two Wild Card teams faced off against each other. The Giants were filled with confidence as the team took a 3-2 series lead and were up 5-0 in the seventh inning of Game 6. However, the Los Angeles Angels scored six unanswered runs to stun San Francisco. The Angels then rode the momentum wave into Game 7 and defeated the Giants to win the World Series. San Francisco went from a team prepared to celebrate their first title in 44 years to an epic collapse.
#8 Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 World Series
The Giants were down two games to the Oakland Athletics in the 1989 World Series and hoped for a resurgence in Game 3. Unfortunately, the unthinkable happened as the 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake struck the city of San Francisco during the game. The earthquake was responsible for the death of 67 people, which prompted the city to postpone the World Series. San Francisco was never able to rally the troops as Oakland swept them in four games.
#7 Giants Sweep Yankees in 1922 World Series
The Giants swept their intra-city rival, the New York Yankees, in the 1922 World Series. Since both teams used the Polo Grounds as their home park, the entire series was played there. The Giants used a three-run rally in the eighth inning of Game 1 to spark the momentum they needed to defeat the Yankees. Game 2 ended in a tie due to darkness, Game 3 ended in a shutout, and Game 4 was done in after the Giants’ early lead.
#6 Brian Wilson’s Performance in 2010 World Series
San Francisco closer Brian Wilson recorded 22 saves in his first 24 opportunities in the first half of the 2010 season. Wilson went on to record a career-high 48 saves and posted a 1.81 earned run average in 74 2/3 innings in the regular season. The right-hander stepped his game up in the postseason as he earned a combined five saves and one win in the NLDS and NLCS. Wilson notched one save, four strikeouts, and only surrendered one hit in the World Series. He even recorded the final out to send the Giants to victory.
#5 Art Nehf Shutout in Game 8 of 1921 World Series
Art Nehf was unstoppable in Game 8 of the 1921 World Series, as he pitched nine shutout innings with only a one-run lead. Nehf even stifled legend Babe Ruth as the Big Bambino pinch-hit in the ninth inning. It is incredible to think Nehf was able to keep his composure while he faced one of the game’s greatest hitters with a one-run lead and the World Series on the line.
#4 Edgar Renteria Game Winning Homer in 2010 World Series
Edgar Renteria was named the 2010 World Series MVP after his incredible performance. Renteria hit one of the most clutch hits in Giants franchise history in Game 5 of the series. The game was scoreless in the ninth inning as San Francisco had runners on second and third with two outs. Renteria stepped up to the plate and crushed a three-run shot off of Texas Rangers starter Cliff Lee that won the World Series for the Giants.
#3 Mel Ott Hits Home Run to Win 1933 World Series
Giants Hall of Famer Mel Ott came up big for New York in the 1933 World Series. With the score tied 3-3 in the top of the 10th inning, Ott gave the Giants the lead with a monumental blast to deep center field. The Washington Senators had a chance to comeback in the bottom of the inning, but failed to do so which means Ott’s home run won the World Series for the Giants.
#2 Christy Mathewson Throws Three Shutouts in 1905 World Series
The Giants first ever World Series appearance and win came in 1905 large part due to Christy Mathewson’s legendary performance. The Hall of Famer tossed 27 scoreless innings and only gave up 13 hits, none of which resulted in more than a double. Mathewson struck out 18 Philadelphia Athletic batters and walked only one. The three shutouts is one of the most impressive feats in World Series history, as Mathewson deserves to be enshrined forever for his contribution to the franchise.
#1 The Catch in Game 1 of 1954 World Series
The No. 1 moment in Giants World Series history also happens to be one of the most iconic plays in baseball history. New York swept the Cleveland Indians in the 1954 World Series while Willie Mays and Dusty Rhodes showcased their talents. Game 1 was tied 2-2 in the eighth inning when Cleveland slugger Vic Wertz crushed a deep ball to center field.
Mays continued to drop back towards the fence and somehow made an incredible basket catch. As soon as the ball touched his glove, he spun around quickly and heaved the ball back to the infield, which prevented the advancement of the runners. Rhodes ended the tie in the 10th inning with a pinch-hit, three-run walk off blast to end the game.