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San Francisco Giants: A Giant History

Originally known as the New York Gothams, the San Francisco Giants is one of the oldest baseball teams in the history of America.

Their first season, where they finished two games behind Chicago, still drew a spectacular beginning of a long history for the team with 76 victories.  That was in 1885, and nearly 40 years later, the Giants, still known as the New York Gothams at this point, won both the National League title and the World Series.

That, however, was no surprise, for seven of the eight Giants Starters bet better than .320; it also marked the second World Series for them.  Many of the team’s numbers were record-breaking; all the way up to 1923, the team was the first in the 20th century to score in every inning of the game.  With George Kelly who hit three consecutive home runs in a single game; Travis Jackson who recorded 100-plus runs battled in (RBI’s) in a single contest and Ross Youngs who led the league 121 runs scored, the Giants astounding statistics was no surprise and the result: another year where they participate in the World Series.

The early 1950’s brought the New York Gothams to a hault, but in 1958, the team became who we know it as today: the San Francisco Giants.

Purchased by the city’s mayor, George Christopher and led by the legendary manager, Bill Rigney, the team moved to the Bay Area for the 1958 season.  And the city welcomes their team with excitement and a huge parade.  But they were off to a slow start: they finished 12 games out in third place, but still managed to gain a notable 80-74 record.

The team didn’t make it to their World Series by the Bay Area until 1962, with Skipper Alvin Dark on their side, but continues to string stellar seasons until  1965.  Each of their four seasons in a row resulted in 90 wins for them; but unfortunately, they fell short of two games and settles for a runner-up finish.

Although the team was only getting close, and not quite getting there, several Giants achieved their personal homeruns.  Gaylord Perry was only of five San Francisco Giants in the Hall of Fame.  Perry had a 16-win history, where he pitched 19 complete games.  Other players like Orlanda Cepeda, Bob Gibson and Willie McCovey also had outstanding stats.

Come the 90’s and comes Barry Bonds: the team’s most notable player of the decade.  Barry Bonds is the fourth member of the prestigious 300-300 and the 40-40 clubs.  In other words, he completed his 300th and 301st homeruns in one year and then his 400th the next.  But the team’s history was still dragging on.  After eight years, the Giants finally made their postseason appearance in the National League Wild Card and although losing to Florida’s Marlins, they were a tough team to beat.

The Giants, in 2002, bounced back to their tremendous and victory-filled history and made it to the National League Championship Series.  The next year, and for the first time since 1936-37, the team earned consecutive appearances in postseason play.  They won’t their third National League West title and became only the second team in history to go write-to-wire with a finish of 100-61.

The next four years brought another downturn, only to bring the team to 2008, where towards the end of the season, the team posted a 28027 mark.  The rookie Pablo Sandoval hit .345 in 41 games and pushed for the Giants’ strong finish.

Till this day, the Giants continue their highs and lows of baseball performance, bringing to their fans years of great accomplishments and others of coming-close victory.

For information on the team’s spring schedule and their arrival to Arizona, see the Spring Schedule here. 

 

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10 Top Famous And Infamous Arizona Alumni

10 Top Most Famous and Infamous Arizona Alumni

Since 1885, both the University of Arizona and Arizona State have graduated hundreds of thousands of students — many of which have gone on to lead successful lives utilizing their education and experience. From the two largest schools in the state, alumni include those involved in wide range of professions from members of Congress, to Hall of Fame sports figures, to Hollywood producers.  Of those which we researched, these are what we found to be the 10 Top Most Famous and Infamous Arizona School Alumni:

David Spade – Arizona State

10.

David SpadeA television and film comedian, David Spade graduated from Arizona State University in 1986 with a degree in business and would later go onto to Saturday Night Live and Just Shoot Me! He would be most known for his sketches with Chris Farley and went on to appear in several other movies and television shows throughout his successful Hollywood career after leaving SNL.

Barry Bonds – Arizona State

9.

Barry BondsArguably the most famous former Sun Devil MLB player, Barry Bonds played baseball for Arizona Statein the mid-80s and was later drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986. Bonds has been voted to the All-Star game 14 times, was recipient of the Slugger Award 12 times, and hit the most home runs in a season (73).A lefty with power, Bonds holds the record for the most home runs hit in a career (762), in a season (73), and On-base percentage in a single season (.609) .However, despite his talent, in the early 2000’s he would become the infamous poster boy for the steroid scandal that plagued the game, as known as the BALCO scandal. Bonds has since been convicted of perjury and faces jail time for his use of steroids and cover-up that ensued.

Terry Goddard – Arizona State

8.

Terry Goddard - Image Provided by FlickrPhoenix mayor from 1983 to 1990, Terry Goddard graduated from Arizona State Universityin 1976 with a degree in law, after his graduation from Harvard.Serving as Attorney General for Arizona from 2002 to 2011, Terry focused much of this attention on internet crime, immigration and was a strong opponent to the polygamist Jeff Warren.Ultimately leading to his arrest, Goddard’s strong stance on the issue became his stamp on the office until controversy of illegal “blackmail” activity arose in 2011.

Al Michaels – Arizona State

7.

Al Michaels - Image Provided by FlickrAn American sportscaster, Al Michaels graduated from Arizona State Universitywith a degree in radio and television, minoring in journalism.One of the most prominent in sports history, this New York Native’s resume includes everything from Monday Night Football commentary with John Madden, the 1980 “Miracle on Ice”game against the Russian Olympic team, and game 3 of the 1989 World Series that was halted due to the massive San Francisco earthquake.A legend in all aspects of broadcasting, Al Michael’s career spans nearly three decades of television and radio. An instantly recognizable voice, he has been an influential force in anyone seeking success in the entertainment business.

Jerry Bruckheimer – University of Arizona

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Jerry Bruickheimer - Image Provided by FlickrA famed producer and director in Hollywood, Jerry Bruckheimer graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in psychology. He would later begin producing films in the 1970’s, and he later developed into one of the most successful producers of all time – with an overall net worth of 13 billionin revenue over the course of his career.In the past 30 years, his resume has included such films and television shows such as Armageddon, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Pirates of the Caribbean, Beverley Hills Cope, CSI, Cold Case, and the Amazing Race. His success is undoubtedly mainstream.

Bob Dole – University of Arizona

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Bob Dole - Image Provided by FlickrA politician and attorney, Bob Dole graduated from the University of Arizona’s Washburn University School of Law in 1952 and would later go on to be the governor of his home state of Kansas.In addition, he ran as Gerald Ford’s vice presidential candidate in the 1976 election and later won the GOP nomination in 1996. However, he would later lose to Democratic Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.Throughout his political career in the Senate, he was named Chairman of the National Republican Committee in 1971, leader of the Agricultural Committee in 1975 and Chairman of the Financial Committee in 1981. Despite his loss in the presidency, he still has lasting affect on the country’s political sphere.

Stewart Udall – University of Arizona

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Stewart Udall - Image Provided by FlickrAn American politician, Stewart Udall was born January 31st, 1920 in St. Johns, Arizona. A Democratic congressman, Udall represented Arizona for three terms and later as Secretary of the Interior for both John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.Graduate of the University of Arizona, Udall was highly influential in Arizona’s economic and social growth in the 1960’s, as Secretary of the Interior, and he was responsible for passing numerous environmental bills which helped build the national park system.Udall helped oversee the addition of 56 natural wildlife refugees, four national parks, six national monuments and 20 national historic sites including California’s Redwood Forest.  In addition, he initiated several Water Quality and Clean Water Restoration Acts/Amendments, and the National Trail System of 1968.

Carl Hayden – Arizona State

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Carl Hayden - Image Provided by Google ImagesAn American politician, Carl Haydenwas the first Senator to serve seven terms and had a lasting influence on numerous irrigation, highway, power and reclamation acts in the early century.Born October 2nd, 1877 in Hayden’s Ferry, Arizona Territory (renamed Tempe in 1878), Carl Hayden attended Arizona Normal School (now Arizona State University), and later went to study economics and law at Stanford University.From the 1920’s to the 1960’s, he was responsible for much of the southwest’s growth, including the Hayden Cartwright Act for highway funding, the Arizona vs. California water rights case, and eventually the Central Arizona Project in 1968.

Barry Goldwater – University of Arizona

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Barry Goldwater - Image Provided by FlickrA Phoenix native, Barry Goldwaterserved five terms in 1950’s and 1960’s, and later won the Republican nomination for the 1964 presidential election.Known as “Mr. Conservative,” he has been credited for much of the American conservative rejuvenation in the 1950’s, and what would later be coined the Libertarian partyof the 1970’s.However, despite his long resume of publicly supported policies, he ultimately lost the presidential election to Lyndon Johnson, and was attributed to his opposition to the monumental Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Pat Tillman – Arizona State

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Pat Tillman - Image Provided by FlickrA decorated Army Ranger, Pat Tillman played football at both Arizona State University and for the Arizona Cardinalsuntil his unfortunate death on April 22nd, 2004 in Afghanistan.Drafted in 1998 to the Arizona Cardinals, he would later give up his position in the NFL to serve his country in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001 and serve in the Army.  On his final of many tours in Afghanistan, he was killed by what at the time was decided as enemy fire.However, as evidence emerged in the coming months, it was later determined he was killed by friendly fire, and there had been a widespread cover up of the story. From millionaire NFL Linebacker to decorated Army Ranger, Pat Tillman is recognized every year with Pats Run,” commemorating the honorable life he lived and his sacrifice to our country.

 

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Top 5 Arizona State University Baseball Players

As the Sun Devils return from their three-game road trip against Cal,  Arizona State University now needs to focus on finishing the second half of the season strong.

They will hopefully muster up the necessary bits of strength and continue battling through the spring in hopes to make their 23 appearance in the College World Series this summer.  The Omaha tournament is the best of the best in NCAA Baseball; it’s March Madness in June for those that prefer dirt and pine tar to hardwood floors and sneakers.

With five National Championships under their belt, Sun Devil baseball has been a long and rich tradition in Arizona.  Baseball at Packard Stadium is unique to Tempe and something that isn’t present in any other sports at ASU.

With that said, here are my Top Five Former Arizona State Baseball Players:

5.

Dustin Pedroia

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Winner of the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year and 2008 AL MVP, Pedroia attended Arizona State — never batting below .374 in all 185 games.

This California native currently plays second base for the Boston Red Sox, batting .305, 54 home runs, 253 RBI’s, and was an All-Star selection for three consecutive years (2008 – 2010).

4.

Bob Horner

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Chosen in the first round of the 1978 draft by the Atlanta Braves, Bob Horner was a first/third baseman who went on to have a great MLB career, despite beset with numerous leg injuries.

He continued to be a successful player who consistently hit well and averaged his 10-year career with a .277 batting average, 218 home runs, and 685 RBI’s. He was later inducted to College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006, with others including Dave Winfield and Rob Ventura.

3.  

Sal Bando

Sal Bando - Image Provided by Ll Phil from Flickr.comMaking his professional debut with the Kansas City Athletics in 1966, Sal Bando was a third baseman for both the Athletics (Kansas City and Oakland) and Milwaukee Brewers.

Over his career he had a batting average of .254, racked up 242 home runs, and 1039 RBI’s. He was selected to the All-Star team four times and won three consecutive World Series from 1972-1974.

2. 

Barry Bonds

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Controversy aside, Barry Bonds is undoubtedly one of the most talented MLB players to emerge from Arizona State, and possibly in MLB history. With seven MVPs,

14 All-Star appearances, most intentional walks (688), and both the all time record for most home runs in a season (73) and career (762), numbers don’t lie. However, with his success came the controversy of steroid use in late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

He would eventually become the poster child for all steroid accusations that have since plagued Major League Baseball, and been the source of much heated debate in the sports world.

Nevertheless, all nay saying and drug banter aside, Bonds carried his amazing play as a Sun Devil into the professional field of play, staking out his mark in history.

1.

Reggie “Mr. October” Jackson

Reggie Jackson - Image Provided by Ll Phil from Flickr.comCoined “Mr. October“,  Reggie Jackson spent his early years as a Sun Devil before moving on to several other teams from 1967 – 1987, until he left the game with five National Championship (three with the Oakland Athletics and two with the New York Yankee’s).

With a career batting average of .262, he also tallied up 563 home runs, 2,584 hits, and 1,702 RBI’s.  He was the definition of clutch and had a certain inability to fail when the time called for it.  While with the Yankee’s, he was an unstoppable, home run machine — one that seemed to have the uncanny ability to blast a home run at will.

 

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