History of the San Francisco Giants

Since moving to San Francisco in 1958, the Giants have won 8 National League West division titles, 1 National League Wild Card spot, 5 National League pennants, and 2 World Series. The New York Giants won 17 National League pennants and 5 World Series from 1888 through 1957.

The original Giants, known as the New York Gothams, became part of the National League in 1883. Two years later, the team changed its name to the New York Giants. The Giants’ first National League pennant wins came in 1888 and 1889. The following years, however, were hard ones for the Giants as their players moved to other teams. In 1902, the Giants had a terrible record and their owner, Andrew Freedman, in an effort to revitalize the team, hired John McGraw as the team’s new player-manager.

Hiring McGraw proved to be a good move, and by 1904, he had turned the New York Giants into a top team. They won the National League pennant in 1904 and 1905 and their first World Series in 1905. McGraw stayed with the Giants for 30 years and led them to 10 National League pennant wins (1904, 1905, 1911-1913, 1917, 1921-1924) and 3 World Series wins (1905, 1921, 1922).

In McGraw’s last 8 years as manager, the Giants didn’t advance to the playoffs and, in 1932, Bill Terry took over as player-manager. Terry stayed for 10 years, leading the Giants to 3 National League pennant wins (1933, 1936, 1937) and one World Series championship (1933).

After Terry left the Giants in 1942, Mel Ott became the team’s new manager and he led the Giants through the struggling war years. In the middle of the 1948 season, Leo Durocher took over the managerial position and he stayed until the end of the 1955 season. During Durocher’s reign as manager, the Giants acquired Willie Mays who helped the team win two National League pennants (1951, 1954) and the Giants' last World Series in 1954.

In 1958, along with the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Giants left New York and made their new home in California. It took the San Francisco Giants only 5 years to win the National League pennant in 1962. They lost the World Series, however, to the New York Yankees.

Although the San Francisco Giants had some excellent players during the 1960s, including Gaylord Perry, the Alou brothers (Jesus, Felipe and Matty), and Willie McCovey, they did not win any titles until 1971 when they won the National League West division title. Their next victory season would not come for 17 more years.

In 1985, Roger Craig was hired to manage the San Francisco Giants and, for the first time in many years, the Giants had a succession of winning seasons. They won the National League West division title in 1987 and 1989 and the National League pennant in 1989. They played against, and lost to, the Oakland Athletics in the earthquake interrupted World Series of 1989.

The Giants long-time owner, Bob Lurie, sold the team in 1992. The most significant early action of the new ownership was the acquisition of free agent Barry Bonds, who would eventually help the Giants win their last National League pennant race.

The Giants struggled in the 1990s, but, in 1997, they once again won the National League West division title. Three years later, in 2000, the Giants moved to a new ball park after having played for 40 years at Candlestick Park. The move seemed to bring good fortune to the team, as they won the National League West division title in 2000 and 2003, the National League Wild Card spot in 2002 and their last National League pennant race in 2002. The 2002 season also marked the end of Dusty Baker's managerial career with the Giants, after 10 seasons leading the team. Many of the 2002 winning team's players also left after the 2002 season.

Positive changes started happening for the Giants in 2007 when they hired Bruce Bochy as manager. That same year, the team saw the start of extremely strong pitching with Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, and Barry Zito in the starting rotation. The 2009 season brought catcher Buster Posey to the team. By 2010, the Giants dominated the National League West division, winning the division title, the NL pennant and the World Series, their first since 1954. This feat was repeated two years later.

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