» October 8, 1909: The Pirates, winners of 110 games, face Detroit in the World Series, which pits the two leagues' top offensive stars, Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb. It is the first of three times that batting champs will face each other in the World Series (Al Simmons and Chick Hafey in 1931: Bobby Avila and Willie Mays in 1954 are the others) Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke starts 27-year-old rookie righthander Babe Adams against Tigers P George Mullin. There are only 11 hits in the game, but one is a home run by Clarke, and the Pirates win 4-1 before a crowd of 29,264.
» July 20, 1911: Frank Schulte hits for the cycle to help the Cubs tip the Phils, 43. "Wildfire" will end the year as the first player ever to top the 20 mark in doubles, triples, homers, and stolen bases. Only Willie Mays in 1957 will match him.
» May 25, 1951: Giants rookie Willie Mays, who was hitting .477 with Minneapolis, goes 0-for-5 in his ML debut against the Phils. He strikes out in his first at bat, against Bubba Church. New York wins, 85.
» May 28, 1951: After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his first ML hit, a home run off Braves P Warren Spahn. The Giants lose the game 41.
» June 22, 1951: Willie Mays, 20, hits a 10th-inning HR, the first of his 22 extra-innings HRs, off 42-year-old Dutch Leonard of the Cubs. It is a 3-run shot that gives the Giants a 96 win.
» July 3, 1951: Giants rookie Willie Mays blasts a 13th inning solo homer off the Phillies Jocko Thompson to give New York a win. It is Willie's 2nd extra inning homer in two weeks: he'll hit another on July 7th, against the Braves George Estock.
» July 28, 1951: The Giants go 70 at Crosley Field this year by defeating the Reds, 31. Willie Mays has his third homer in six days and Larry Jansen wins to go 152 against the Rhinelanders.
» July 29, 1951: In game one at Cincinnati, Willie Mays steals the first of 338 bases. Then P Willie Ramsdell picks him off 2B. But the Giants win, 31, behind Sal Maglie. New York takes the nitecap as well, 64, as Irvin (2) and Mays both swipe bases.
» August 1, 1951:
The Cubs' Eddie Miksis lines a ball to Willie Mays in CF, which caroms off his head for a double, as the Cubs nip the Giants, 32. Cal McLish wins over Larry Jansen. The Giants come back in game two behind the shut out pitching of Al Corwin to top the Cubs, 20. Bob Kelly is the losing pitcher, while Al Corwin wins his first ML game.
» August 15, 1951: Giants P Jim Hearn defeats the Dodgers 31 as Willie Mays makes a miraculous play in the 8th. With the score 11 and Billy Cox on 3rd, Mays makes a running catch of a Carl Furillo drive in deep right CF and whirls counterclockwise to throw out the astonished Cox at home. Wes Westrum's 2-run homer off Ralph Branca in the 8th provides the two-run margin. Hearn allows just six hits, all singles, as the Giants move to 10 1/2 behind Brooklyn.
» August 30, 1951: The Giants move to an 81 lead after five inning over the Pirates behind two homers by Willie Mays. But George Spencer wilts in the heat and gives up homers to Frank Thomashis first in the majorsand pinch hitter Gus Bell. After Pete Castiglione and Bill Rigney match homers, Ralph Kiner powers one in the 9th inning to give Pittsburgh a 109 victory. For Kiner, it is his 37th.
» September 3, 1951: In a Labor Day doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, the Phils Robin Roberts stops New York, 63, in the opener. The Giants blow a 30 1st inning lead when homers by Ashburn and Swish Nicholson bring the Phils back. Dave Koslo salvages a 2nd game, winning 31 over Niles Jordan. Willie Mays makes another rookie error in the 2nd. After an apparent inside-the-park home run, Phils 3B Tommy Brown appeals, and Mays is called out for failing to touch 3B. He is credited with a double.
» October 2, 1951: The Dodgers bounce back as rookie Clem Labine evens the playoff with a 100 win, besting the Giants' Sheldon Jones. Home runs are smashed by Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Andy Pafko, and Rube Walker. Willie Mays grounds into three double plays.
» October 4, 1951: In the opening game of the World Series, Monte Irvin steals home in the first inning and collects four hits. The Giants defeat Allie Reynolds and the Yankees 51 with Dave Koslo going all the way at Yankee Stadium. With the injured Mueller missing the World Series, Bobby Thomson switches to 1B and the Giants field the first black outfield of Hank Thompson, Monte Irvin and Willie Mays.
» October 5, 1951: The Yanks and Eddie Lopat even up the World Series by winning 31 over Larry Jansen. Lopat scatters five hits, three by Monte Irvin. Irvin has now hit safely seven straight times in two games. Mickey Mantle is injured in the 5th inning when he steps on an exposed water sprinkler while chasing a Willie Mays fly ball. Mantle is taken off the field on a stretcher and the injury to his knee will plague him throughout his career. He will undergo the first of six knee operations.
» May 13, 1952:
Bobby Thomson has a home run and double to drive in five runs to power the Giants to a 74 win over the Reds. Bob Elliott and Willie Mays also homer as Larry Jansen wins his 10th straight over the Reds going back to August 29, 1948.
» May 28, 1952: Willie Mays is 0-for-4 in his last game as a civilian, but the Giants top the Dodgers, 62, beating Billy Loes.
» May 29, 1952:
The Giants Willie Mays enters the army. Although Mays is hitting just .236, the Giants are two 1/2 games in first place. They will lose eight of their next 10 games.
» April 13, 1954:
The Giants, fresh from a Cactus League season where they beat the Indians 13 out of 21 meetings, trip the Dodgers, 43. Back in CF after two years in the army, Willie Mays of the Giants hits a 2-run shot that beats Brooklyn.
» April 30, 1954: Willie Mays homers in the 14th inning off Cubs lefty Warren Hacker to give Sal Maglie and the Giants a 42 victory.
» May 28, 1954: At the Polo Grounds, the Giants whip the Dodgers 176 with a 6-HR barrage. Four of the home runs come in the 8th as Davey Williams, Alvin Dark, Monte Irvin, and Billy Gardner connect off Ben Wade. Whitey Lockman, in the 1st, and Willie Mays, in the 2nd account for the other two. Brooklyn scores a run in the 6th when Giants P Marv Grissom balks home Rube Walker from 3B. Catcher Ray Katt is at fault, having called a time out when Grissom is in his windup.
» June 3, 1954:
Henry Thompson of the Giants hits three HRs and knocks in eight runs in a 13-8 win against the Cardinals. Willie Mays collects the other five RBI on two HRs.
» July 28, 1954:
Giants OF Dusty Rhodes hits three consecutive HRs at the Polo Grounds to back Johnny Antonelli's 10-0 whipping of St. Louis. It is Antonelli's 10th consecutive win. Willie Mays smacks his 36th HR, a 447 foot clout to LF.
» August 16, 1954:
In a throwing contest between Jimmy Piersall and Willie Mays before a Red Sox-Giants charity game in Boston, Piersall hurts his arm. He starts the game but leaves midway. He wakes up the following morning with a sore arm that stays with him a year, and he will never throw quite as well again.
» September 14, 1954: Willie Mays hits a 1st inning double and scores the
only run in a 1-0 win over the Cards. It is Johnny
Antonelli's 21st win of the year. Mays's hit is his
82nd extra-base hit, breaking Mel Ott's team record.
» September 18, 1954: The Giants' Don Mueller makes his 200th hit an inside-the-park
HR, making him the first Giant to get 200 hits
since Joe Moore in 1936. Willie Mays also has an inside-the
park-HR, as the Giants beat the Phils 8-1.
» September 26, 1954:
Going into the last day of the NL season, Don
Mueller leads in hitting with .3426; Duke Snider is
2nd at .3425, followed by Willie Mays at .3422. The
Giants win in 11 innings over the Phillies Robin Roberts,
as Mays garners a single, double, and triple in 4
ABs. He finishes at .345 while Mueller slips
to .341, the same as Snider.
» September 29, 1954: In Game 1 of the WS, Willie Mays of the Giants makes
one of the greatest catches in history when he races
back to deep CF in the Polo Grounds to make an over-the-head
catch of Indian Vic Wertz's 462-foot drive in the
8th with the score tied at 2-2. Wertz drove in
the 2 runs in the first with a triple. In the
10th, Dusty Rhodes hits a pinch-hit, 3-run, 260-foot
HR off Bob Lemon to give the Giants a 5-2 victory.
» January 11, 1955: Before an exhibition game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Willie Mays and teammate Ruben Gomez get into a brawl. It starts when Gomez slips into the batting catch ahead of Mays, and batting practice pitcher Milt Ralat then refuses to throw. The sulking Gomez sits down on the plate, and Mays then steps to the side and directs the pitcher to throw to him there. Ralat then throws an insulting slow pitch which Willie barehands and fires back. He and Ralat exchange words and when Mays walks towards the mound, Gomez, brandishing a bat, attempts to interfere. Mays drops him with a right. The two later apologize to each other.
» February 12, 1955: Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente hit crucial home runs to lead Santurce (Puerto Rico) to a 42 win over Venezuela in the Caribbean Series. Mays's home run comes in the 11th.
» May 17, 1955: Paced by Joe Adcock's four hits, including a home run, the Braves defeat the Giants, 94. Gene Conley is the winner, despite giving up home runs to Willie Mays and Hank Thompson, but he does stop Don Mueller's 24-game hit streak.
» June 19, 1955: The Giants bench Willie Mays for 2 days for a "rest."
» September 18, 1955:
In a 7-5 loss to Brooklyn, Willie Mays hits his
9th HR at Ebbets Field to tie Joe Adcock's mark.
» September 20, 1955:
Giants slugger Willie Mays poles 2 HRs against
the Pirates, giving him 50 for the year, making him
only the 7th player in history to accomplish this.
The Giants sweep the doubleheader, winning 11-1
and 14-8. Mays's HR in the 2nd game was his 7th
in 6 consecutive games.
» September 25, 1955:
Bobby Hofman underscores the tone of the season for
the Giants as he lines into a season-ending triple
play against the Phillies in a 3-1 loss. The
Giants win the opener 5-2, as Willie Mays belts
his 51st HR of the year.
» April 17, 1956:
Despite 2 HRs by Dale Long, Pittsburgh loses
to New York 4-3 when Willie Mays scores from
2B in the 8th inning on Daryl Spencer's groundout
» May 2, 1956: Twenty-five Giants and 23 Cubs appear a ML recordin a 17-inning marathon finally won by the visiting Giants 65. The two teams combined to intentionally walk 11 batters, a record, with the Cubs contributing seven of the free passes. Losing pitcher Jim Brosnan chipped in with four walks, all intentional. Cub 3B Don Hoak was not one of the strollers, whiffing a National League record six timesall against different pitches, while Ernie Banks, Willie Mays and Wes Westrum were twice walked intentionally. Whitey Lockman starts in LF, goes to 1B, returns to LF, and finishes at 1B. Ex-Giants Monte Irvin is 0-for-5 against five pitchers. The game is six minutes shy of the 5:19 record set by the Dodgers-Braves in 20 innings in 1940.
» May 6, 1956: Led By Willie Mays's four stolen bases, the Giants edge the Cards, 54.
» July 8, 1956:
The Giants connect for a team-record seven HRs in a 11-1 home win over the Pirates. Willie Mays, Daryl Spencer,
and Wes Westrum each connect for 2. Hank Thompson,
Westrum, and Spencer hit consecutive HRs in the fourth inning.
» July 10, 1956:
In the All-Star Game, Ken Boyer of the Cardinals makes 3 sparkling plays at 3B and gets 3 hits as the NL
defeats the AL 7-3. Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle,
Ted Williams, and Stan Musial all homer. Mays's pinch-hit 2-run HR off of Whitey Ford is his 7th straight hit
against the Yankee lefty.
» August 15, 1956:
The Dodgers and Giants draw 26,385 for a night-game record at Jersey City. A Willie Mays HR is the only scoring as Johnny Antonelli shuts out the Dodgers 1-0.
» March 23, 1957: At LA's Wrigley Field, Willie Mays belts two homers to lead the Giants to a 93 Cactus League win over the Indians. Bill Rigney fines Hank Thompson $150 for missing last night's exhibition win over the Indians in San Diego.
» June 28, 1957: By stuffing the ballot box, Cincinnati fans elect 8 Redlegs as starters in the All-Star Game. Over protests
from Reds fans, Commissioner Ford Frick names Stan Musial, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron to replace Reds Gus Bell, George Crowe, and Wally Post in the starting lineup. In the final vote tally, Musial is the only non-Redleg who would have started.
» January 6, 1958: Willie Mays's $65,000 contract is a record high for the Giants.
» May 12, 1958: Willie Mays hits the first grand slam in the history of the San Francisco Giants and adds another home run as Los Angeles loses 123.
» May 13, 1958:
Willie Mays goes 5-for-5 against the Dodgers, as the Giants win 169. Mays has another two home runs, plus two triples, and four RBIs to compete with Daryl Spencer's two home runs, triple, double, and six RBIs. The Giants pound out 26 hits, while the Dodgers collect 11, the longest being Charlie Neal's home run over the distant RF fence at the Coliseum. The Giants set a ML-record when five players collect four hits apiece.
» May 21, 1958: At Cincinnati, Willie Mays belts a 10th inning home run off Hal Jeffcoat to give the Giants a 54 win.
» June 23, 1958: Carl Willey of the Braves pitches a 70 shutout against the Giants in his first ML start. Another noted starter is Joe Adcock, playing LF for the 1st times since 1952, who climbs the fence to snag a ball. Willey gives up six hits, including Willie Mays's 1,000th career hit. Willey is relieved by Don McMahon who becomes the first pitcher to be driven to the mound, when a motor scooter with sidecar delivers him from the bullpen.
» September 12, 1958: The Giants sweep the Phillies 52 and 192 as Willie Mays has six hits to raise his average to .333. Jim Davenport tops him with seven hits, including a 3-run inside-the-park home run in the first inning of game 2, and scores seven runs.
» September 20, 1958:
The Giants Ruben Gomez gives up three hits, all to Bobby Gene Smith, as the Giants beat St. Louis 51. Willie Mays's three hits raises his average to .340, and he steals his 30th base, the first to steal 30 three times since Kiki Cuyler in 1930.
» September 29, 1958: In a race that goes down to the last game, Richie Ashburn wins the National League batting title with a 3-for-4 day that raises him to .350, three percentage points ahead of Willie Mays, despite Willie's three hits in the Giant's 72 win over St. Louis yesterday. In a 10-inning 64 Phillies win in Pittsburgh, the Phils Dave Philley sets a major-league record by getting his 8th consecutive pinch hit.
» September 30, 1958: In the Phillies 64, 10-inning win at Pittsburgh, Richie Ashburn clinches the batting title going 3-for-4 to finish at .3495. Willie Mays, leading off in SF's win over St. Louis, is 3-for-5 to finish at .3466. Dave Philley sets a major-league record for consecutive pinch hits when he doubles in the 7th for his 8th straight pinch hit. Peanuts Lowrey had seven straight pinch hits in 1952.
» November 25, 1958: The BBWAA names Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks the 1958 MVP. Willie Mays is the runner-up.
» June 30, 1959:
The Giants Sam Jones throws a 20 one-hitter against the Dodgers, allowing only Jim Gilliam's controversial single in the 8th, a grounder SS Andre Rodgers has difficulty picking up. Willie Mays's 2-run home run against Don Drysdale accounts for all the scoring.
» July 7, 1959: The National League defeats the American League 54 in the All-Star Game at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Willie Mays knocks in Henry Aaron with the deciding run. Don Drysdale pitches perfect ball the first three innings.
» September 15, 1959:
The Giants whip Warren Spahn and the Braves
13-6 behind Jack Sanford. Willie Mays has 4 hits
and 5 RBI. The Giants are now 2 games in front with
8 to play.
» September 26, 1959:
At St. Louis, Sam Jones pitches a 7-inning no-hitter,
but NL President Warren Giles will rule it unofficial
after rain wipes out the last 2 innings. But Jones
gets credit for his 21st win 4-0 and Willie Mays
and Willie McCovey HRs account for the runs.
» June 24, 1960: Willie Mays hits two home runs, singles, steals home, and makes 10 putouts to lead the Giants in a 53 win at Cincinnati. Mays has three RBI and three runs scored.
» July 13, 1960: Vern Law becomes the 2nd Pirate to win a 1960 All-Star Game, working two scoreless innings. Stan Musial comes off the National League bench and hits his record 6th and last All-Star Game home run. Willie Mays, Ken Boyer, and Eddie Mathews also homer in the 60 NL win, the 3rd shutout in All-Star Game history.
» September 15, 1960: Willie Mays ties the modern major-league record with three triples in a game against the Phillies. His 3-bagger off Turk Farrell gives the Giants an 86 win in 11 innings. Mays also strokes a double and single. The last National Leaguer to hit three treys in a game was Roberto Clemente, in 1958.
» February 9, 1961: Willie Mays signs for $85,000, currently the biggest contract in ML baseball.
» April 13, 1961: Alvin Dark pulls all the right strings to give the Giants a 65 win over the Pirates. Joey Amalfitano, hitting for cleanup man Willie McCovey in the 8th, singles in Willie Mays for a 4-4 tie; new catcher Hobie Landrith homers in the 11th to tie at five apiece, and Harvey Kuenn's single in the 12th wins it.
» April 30, 1961:
Using Joey Amalfitano's bat, Willie Mays becomes the 9th player in ML history to enjoy a 4-HR game, and his eight RBI pace the Giants to a 144 win at Milwaukee's County Stadium. Led by Willie's 4, the Giants total a record tying eight homers (and 13 in two games) as Orlando Cepeda (2), Felipe Alou, and Jose Pagan also homer. Willie's 6th inning homer clears the LF bleachers at County Stadium. Hank Aaron collects a pair for the Braves for all the scoring. Billy Loes is the winning pitcher, and it marks the 4th time he has been in uniform at a game where a player has hit four homers: Loes was with the Dodgers in '50 and '54 when Gil Hodges and the Braves Joe Adcock connected, and with the Orioles in '59 when Rocky Colavito collected four.
» May 13, 1961:
Wondrous Willie Mays clouts two home runs, one a grand slam, to drive in six runs as the Giants whip the Braves, 85.
» June 29, 1961: With three round-trippers at Philadelphiaone a 10th-inning shot to win 87Willie Mays becomes the 4th ML player with three or more home runs twice in one season. Manager Gene Mauch's efforts to conceal his starting pitcher and force Al Dark's hand has a Phillie lineup including hurlers Don Ferrarese (batting leadoff, playing CF), Jim Owens (3rd, RF), Chris Short (7th, C), and Ken Lehman (9th, P) against San Francisco. When Dark sends a lefty to the mound, Mauch replaces Ferrarese. Dark then replaces Billy O'Dell with Sam Jones. Mauch replaces Lehman with Dallas Green after two batters. All the maneuvering takes three hours and 20 minutes. The Giants then take the nitecap, 41, as Mays triples and doubles home two runs and completes a DP with a throw home.
» July 4, 1961:
At Chicago, the Giants roll to a 193 win in game 1, collecting 22 hits including a homer by Orlando Cepeda that is one of the longest in Wrigley history. The Cubs come back in the nitecap to win, 32, overcoming Willie Mays' 300th homer.
» July 24, 1961:
At Yankee Stadium, 50,000 fans, on hand for the Yankees exhibition game with the Giants, save their biggest cheer for Willie Mays. Willie delivers a 2-run single in the 41 victory. The only score for the Yanks is a Mickey Mantle homer.
» September 19, 1961: The Giants clobber Warren Spahn for four home runs, one of them a grand slam by Willie Mays, and then rally in the 8th and 9th to top the Braves, 1110. The two teams combine for eight home runs and 57 total bases, but the short ball wins it -- Harvey Kuenn's tie breaking single in the 8th, and Ed Bailey's sacks full single in the 9th.
» January 31, 1962: Willie Mays signs the biggest contract in baseball, a reported $90,000 for 1962. They also sign another slugger -- Ralph Kiner joins Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy in the announcing booth.
» February 7, 1962:
Lawyer Melvin Belli obtains a writ laying claim to Willie Mays -- among other assets -- unless the Giants pay him the judgment awarded by a jury in January. Belli claims the club failed to file a motion for a new trial before the deadline.
» July 29, 1962:
Don Drysdale pushes his record to 194 as he completes a three-game Dodger sweep over the Giants, winning 111. Howard has a home run and three singles to drive home five runs. Willie Mays accounts for the only Giants run with a home run. Los Angeles now leads the Giants by four games.
» September 12, 1962:
In the dugout in Cincinnati, Willie Mays collapses from nervous exhaustion. He is taken to the hospital and will miss four games. The Giants lose 41 and will lose their next six to take them apparently out of the race.
» September 30, 1962: Willie Mays's 47th home run, an 8th-inning blast off Dick Farrell (10-20), leads the Giants to a critical 21 win. They then stay in the clubhouse to hear results of the Dodger game.
» October 1, 1962: San Francisco wins the first of the best-of-3 National League playoff games as Billy Pierce takes his 12th straight at Candlestick Park, a three-hit, 80 victory. Willie Mays hits two home runs, giving him 49 in 1962, one more than American League leader Harmon Killebrew. Sandy Koufax, making just his 3rd start since returning from his hand injury, is the loser.
» October 4, 1962: At Candlestick Park, in Game One of the World Series, Roger Maris stakes Whitey Ford to a 2-run lead with a first-inning, 2-run double. Only RF Felipe Alou's leaping effort keeps Maris' drive in the park. Ford's record consecutive-shutout-inning streak ends at 33 2/3 innings when a surprise bunt by Jose Pagan brings Willie Mays home. Clete Boyer's 7th-inning home run gives the Yankees a 62 win, the last of a record 10 World Series victories for Ford.
» October 16, 1962: New York scores the game's only run, as Tony Kubek grounds into a 5th-inning DP. In the 9th, with two outs and Matty Alou on 1B, Willie Mays rips a double to right off Ralph Terry, but great fielding by Roger Maris keeps Alou from scoring. Willie McCovey then hits a screaming liner toward right, but 2B Bobby Richardson gloves it, giving the Yankees a 10 win and a 2nd straight World Series victory. Terry is named World Series MVP.
» June 6, 1963: With the bases loaded and one out in the 12th, Cubs reliever Lindy McDaniel picks Willie Mays off 2B and then strikes out Ed Bailey. McDaniel then hits a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 10th, off reliever Billy Pierce, to win 32. It was Lindy's first hit of the season. Chicago moves into a 3-way, first-place tie with St. Louis and San Francisco, its first taste of the lead since May 1958.
» July 3, 1963: In the classic pitching matchup between the two Hall of Famers, the Braves Warren Spahn gives up nine hits in 15 1/3 innings, while Juan Marichal allows eight hits in 16 innings while striking out 10. At 12:31 A.M. in San Francisco, Willie Mays's round-tripper off Spahn in the bottom of the 16th gives Marichal a 10 win, the National League's longest win ended by a home run. Both pitchers go the distance in one of the greatest matchups ever.
» July 9, 1963: Willie Mays is held to a single, but dominates a 53 National League win in the All-Star Game. He also walks, steals twice, scores twice, bats in a pair, and makes a great catch. It is Stan Musial's 24th All-Star appearance, a record. Musial's teammates comprise the starting infield for the NL: 1B Bill White, 2B Julian Javier, SS Dick Groat, and 3B Ken Boyer. Javier was chosen as the replacement for Pittsburgh's injured 2B, Bill Mazeroski.
» August 27, 1963: Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, and Felipe Alou hit consecutive round-trippers in the 3rd inning of San Francisco's 72 win against St. Louis.
» September 22, 1963: For the first time, all three Alou brothers share the outfield. In the seventh inning, Matty Alou is in LF, Felipe Alou replaces Willie Mays in CF, and Jesus Alou is in RF. In the 8th, the three are retired, 1, 2, 3. But the offense comes from Willie McCovey who hits three homers as the Giants whip the Mets, 134.
» January 15, 1964:
Willie Mays, the highest-paid player in baseball,
signs for $105,000.
» May 31, 1964: The Mets and Giants square off in a doubleheader that starts at one p.m. and doesn't conclude until 11:25 p.m. After Juan Marichal's 53, first-game win, San Francisco holds a 61 lead in the 2nd until New York rallies for five to tie in the 7th. The big blow is Joe Christopher's 3-run homer that bounces off Willie Mays' glove over the fence. Eventually, with two out in the 23rd, pinch hitter Del Crandall delivers a run-scoring double off Galen Cisco, and the Giants prevail 86 after seven hours and 22 minutesa record. Crandall ended the first post midnight game ever played in the N.L., while catching for the Boston Braves in 1949. Gaylord Perry pitches 10 scoreless innings to get credit for the win. Thirty-two innings and an elapsed time of nine hours and 50 minutes are doubleheader records, as are 47 strikeouts. New York's 22 K's in the 2nd game are the most by one club in an overtime contest.
» July 31, 1964: The Giants take advantage of three errors by Bill Mazeroski and two by Bob Bailey to tip the bumbling Bucs, 86. Maz's last error, on a potential DP ball in the 9th, helps the Giants score three runs. Willie Mays has three singles and three runs to lead the attack. The Giants remain one 1/2 games in back of the Phils, but learn that Juan Marichal has back spasms and will not pitch again until August 25th.
» July 13, 1965: Willie Mays's home run, two walks, and two runs scored pace the NL to a 65 All-Star Game victory in Minnesota. Juan Marichal pitches three scoreless innings to earn game MVP.
» August 22, 1965: San Francisco's Juan Marichal, batting against LA's Sandy Koufax, complains that C John Roseboro's return throws are too close. He then turns and attacks Roseboro with his bat. A 14-minute brawl ensues before Koufax, Willie Mays, and other peacemakers can restore order. Roseboro suffers a considerable cut on the head. Marichal is suspended eight playing days and levied a National League-record $1,750 fine.
» August 29, 1965: Willie Mays sets a National League record for home runs in one month with his 17th of August, 41st overall, as San Francisco beats the Mets, 83. Mays tops Ralph Kiner, who slugged 16 for Pittsburgh in September, 1949.
» September 2, 1965: The Cubs beat St. Louis 53 at Wrigley Field, as Ernie Banks hits his 400th home run, a three-run shot off Curt Simmons, in the 3rd. Simmons teed up the 400th home run of Willie Mays in 1963. Banks will end the season with 28 home runs and 106 RBI. Ron Santo and Billy Williams will also knock in over 100 runs, the only team with three such sluggers, but the Cubs will finish 8th.
» September 13, 1965: Willie Mays's 500th home run (off Don Nottebart) and Juan Marichal's 22nd victory beat Houston 51. The win is the Giants 11th straight and gives them a two 1/2 game lead.
» September 22, 1965:
Willie Mays hits his 50th home run, as the first-place Giants beat the Reds 75. Mays joins Ralph Kiner as the only players in National League history with multiple 50-HR seasons.
» September 25, 1965:
The Giants top the Braves 75, led by Willie Mays's 50th home run of the year.
» September 28, 1965:
The Giants lose to St. Louis 86, even though Willie Mays, in his 2,000th career game, hits his 51st home run of the year.
» October 2, 1965:
Willie Mays sets a Giants record with his 52nd home run, as Ron Herbel beats the Reds 32. Johnny Mize had hit 51 for the Giants in 1947.
» November 10, 1965: Willie Mays is named National League MVP, receiving 224 votes to 177 for Sandy Koufax.
» May 4, 1966: Willie Mays hits a National League record 512th home run -- topping another Giant, Mel Ott -- and the Giants beat the Dodgers 61.
» August 16, 1966: Willie Mays hits his 534th home run, matching Jimmie Foxx's record for right-handed batters, as Gaylord Perry beats the Cardinals 31.
» August 17, 1966: Willie Mays takes 2nd place on the all-time home run list with a 4th-inning blast off Ray Washburn. San Francisco is one-half game out of first place after beating the Cards 43.
» June 7, 1967: At Crosley Field, Reds P Gary Nolan strikes out 15 Giants, including Willie Mays four times. But her still loses, 43. Willie McCovey belts a 3-run homer in the 8th to tie the game, and reliever Bob Lee allows the last run to score to pin the loss on Nolan.
» June 13, 1967: Willie Mays, the all-time leader in extra inning homers, belts a grand slam off Astros P Barry Latman in the 10th to power the Giants to a win. For Willie, it is his 19th in extra frames, and his first grand slam.
» July 9, 1968: Appropriately, pitching dominates the All-Star Game. Willie Mays, playing in place of injured Pete Rose, tallies an unearned run in the first inning against American League starter Luis Tiant to complete the scoring for the daythe first All-Star effort to end 10. Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Ron Reed, and Jerry Koosman hold the AL to three hits.
» July 20, 1968: At San Francisco, aging speedster Willie Mays scores from 1B on a Jim Ray Hart single. It's the only tally as the Giants beat Houston, 10.
» September 24, 1968:
The Giants beat the Astros, 54 with Willie Mays driving in three runs. Mays hits a solo homer in the 1st and drives in the tying and winning runs in the 8th with a perfect bunt. With runners on 2B and 3B, Mays bunts and Doug Rader attempts a barehand pickup but misses the ball.
» June 3, 1969: Behind the slugging of Willie McCovey and Willie Mays, the Giants beat the Expos, 93, handing Montreal its 17th straight loss, tying the ML mark for expansion clubs set by the 1962 Mets. McCovey has a two run double and he follows a Mays homer in the 4th with one of his own.
» September 13, 1969: Bobby Bonds becomes the 4th 30-homer, 30-steal player in ML history, but the Reds beat the Giants 64. His 32nd steal, on August 13th, erased Willie Mays's SF record of 31.
» September 22, 1969: Willie Mays joins Babe Ruth in the 600-homer club with a blast off Mike Corkins, while batting for rookie George Foster. Bobby Bonds sets a major-league record with his 176th strikeout, as San Francisco beats San Diego 42.
» January 17, 1970:
The Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s.
» April 26, 1970:
Willie McCovey and Dick Dietz each hit grand slams as the Giants beat the Expos 111 in the first game of a doubleheader. This is a first in Giants history. McCovey adds another homer to back McCormick's win. The Expos take the 2nd game, 32. Bobby Wine chips in by catching Willie Mays with the hidden ball trick (as noted by Bill Deane).
» May 7, 1970:
The Expos loose their biggest scoring burst in their 2-year history, topping the Giants, 158, on 15 hits. Jim Fairey has a homer and four RBIs, while Willie Mays homers for the Giants. In the first inning, RF Rusty Staub throws out the Giants Ron Hunt, 93.
» July 18, 1970: San Francisco's Willie Mays, at the age of 39, strokes a single off Montreal's Mike Wegener for his 3,000th hit. Mays' safety comes in his 2,639th game and he joins Hank Aaron, who stroked his 3,000th a month earlier. Aaron's was hit in his 2,460th game. The Giants coast to a 101 victory.
» March 1, 1971: Willie Mays signs a 2-year contract with the Giants for $165,000 per year.
» April 6, 1971: Willie Mays, a month shy of his 40th birthday, homers (his 629th) on the first pitch he sees in a 40 Opening Day Giants win over the Padres. He also laces a double. Mays will go on to hit homers in each of the Giants first four games of the season, a ML record. Juan Marichal wins on a 5-hitter.
» April 27, 1971: Hank Aaron becomes the 3rd member of the 600-HR club, but one of the other two membersthe Giants Willie Mayshits a 10th-inning single to beat Aaron's Braves.
» May 13, 1971: The Reds swap OF Angel Bravo to the Padres for OF Al Ferrara, who (as noted by Reds historians Greg Rhodes and John Snyder) once played solo piano at Carnegie Hall at age 12. After Ferrara hits .182 for the season, he'll pose the question: "what did you expect for Angel Bravo -- Willie Mays?"
» May 30, 1971: Willie Mays hits his 638th career home run for the Giants, adding in the process his NL record 1,950th run scored. Stan Musial had been the record holder with 1,949 runs. The Giants beat Montreal, 54.
» June 6, 1971: Willie Mays strokes a 12th-inning home run off Joe Hoerner of the Phillies in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, his 22ndand lastcareer extra-inning belt, a ML mark. The Giants win, 43, after losing the opener to Rick Wise, 10. It's the first shutout over the giants this year.
» August 1, 1971: After homering yesterday off Dave Giusti, rookie Dave Kingman, in his 2nd ML game, clouts two homers for the Giants to help sweep a pair from the first-place Pirates, 117 and 83. Willie McCovey adds a 3-run homer and Willie Mays a bases-loaded double. Willie Stargell has a pair of homers for the Pirates to go over the 100 RBI mark.
» May 11, 1972: The Giants trade future Hall of Famer Willie Mays to the Mets for minor league P Charlie Williams and cash.
» May 14, 1972: In front a Mother's Day crowd of 35,000, Willie Mays, makes a triumphant return to New York with the Mets, hitting a game-winning home run against his old teammates. He scores in the 1st on Rusty Staub's grand slam and his solo in the 5th snaps a 44 tie. The final score is 54.
» May 17, 1972:
Willie Mays, playing CF for the Mets, coaxes a leadoff walk in the first and scores on a triple by Ted Martinez. Sliding home, he knocks the ball out of C John Boccabella's glove and into the dugout, allowing Martinez to score. The Mets beat Montreal, 2-1.
» June 2, 1972:
In a face off at Shea between Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, both with 648 career homers, each come up hitless as the Braves beat the Mets, 61. Aaron, who hit his 648th on May 31, will collect his next home run June 10.
» June 10, 1972: Hank Aaron hits his 14th career grand slam, tying Gil Hodges's National League record, as the Braves defeat the Phillies 153. It is career home run 649 for Aaron, enabling him to pass Willie Mays for 2nd place on the all-time list.
» June 19, 1972: Larry Dierker fires Houston's 2nd straight one-hitter, tying a ML record, beating the Mets, 30. He walks Willie Mays twice but Duffy Dyer's single in the 3rd is the only hit. The last pair of consecutive one-hitters were Gary Gentry and Tom Seaver on May 1315, 1970.
» June 9, 1973:
After the old timer's game at Shea, Willie Mays puts on his own show with a homer and circus catch and the Mets top the Dodgers, 42. Willie, older than a half dozen of the old Mets, hits #655 of his career. Rusty Staub drives in two runs to back Jon Matlack. In the old timers game, the Brooklyn Dodgers/Yankees lose to the Mets, 10, in two innings.
» July 24, 1973: The National League wins the All-Star Game at Kansas City 71. A record 54 players are used, including Willie Mays, who strikes out in his final All-Star appearance, and Catfish Hunter, who sustains a fractured thumb that will sideline him for four weeks. The A's ace has a 15-3 record at the time.
» August 17, 1973: Willie Mays hits the 660thand lastHR of his ML career off Don Gullett of Cincinnati, but the Reds win, 21 in 10 innings at Shea. Hal King's pinch homer, his 3rd pinch dinger of the year, in the 10th wins it.
» September 25, 1973: The Mets beat the Expos 21 on Willie Mays Night at Shea Stadium. "The Say Hey' Kid" had announced his retirement five days earlier.
» October 14, 1973: The Mets win game 2, 107, scoring four runs in an 11th inning featuring the last ML hit by Willie Mays and two errors by Oakland 2B Mike Andrews. Andrews is subsequently put on the "disabled list" by Charlie Finley.
» May 30, 1974: Sadaharu Oh becomes the first player in Japanese baseball to hit 600 home runs. Only Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays are ahead of Ohand he will surpass them all.
» January 23, 1979: Willie Mays receives 409 of 432 votes in the BBWAA election to earn enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.
» May 3, 1979: Bobby Bonds hits his 300th home run, against Moose Haas, in a 61 loss to Milwaukee. He has 413 SBs at the time and becomes the 2nd player, after Willie Mays, to have 300 SBs and 300 home runs.
» August 5, 1979:
Willie Mays, Warren Giles, and Hack Wilson are inducted into the Hall of Fame.
» September 17, 1979: The Royals George Brett collects his 20th triple of the season in a 164 romp over the Angels. Brett becomes the 6th player ever, and the first since Willie Mays in 1957, to collect 20 doubles, 20 triples, and 20 home runs in the same season. He will finish with totals of 42, 20, and 23.
» October 26, 1979: Commissioner Kuhn notifies Hall of Famer Willie Mays that if he accepts a position with Bally Manufacturing Corporation, owner of several gambling casinos, he must disassociate himself from ML baseball. Mays, a part-time coach and goodwill ambassador for the Mets, will relinquish his duties upon accepting Bally's job offer on October 29th.
» October 23, 1981: Despite an uncharacteristic poor performance (9 hits, seven walks) Fernando Valenzuela goes the distance in the Dodgers' 54 come-from-behind win. The deciding run scores on a double play. Starter Dave Righetti lasts just two innings, walking two and allowing five hits, but reliever George Frazier takes the loss. Ron Cey has a 3-run homer for LA. Starters Valenzuela and Righetti are the first two Rookies of the Year to oppose each other in the World Series since Willie Mays and Gil McDougald in 1951.
» October 26, 1982: Steve Carlton wins the National League Cy Young Award for the 4th time, a record unmatched by any pitcher. The Phils 37-year-old lefthander, who led the NL in wins (23), innings (2952/3), strikeouts (286), and shutouts (6), was a previous winner in 1972, 1977, and 1980. He joins Walter Johnson and Willie Mays as the only players to be voted MVP or Cy Young winner 10 or more years apart.
» February 8, 1983: One day after taking a job as director of sports promotions for Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Mickey Mantle is ordered to sever his ties with ML baseball by Commissioner Kuhn. Mantle joins fellow Hall of Famer Willie Mays as players banned from baseball by Kuhn for involvement with legalized gambling.
» March 18, 1985: Commissioner Ueberroth reinstates Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, who had been banned from association with organized baseball by Bowie Kuhn due to their employment by Atlantic City casinos.
» May 7, 1986: Thirty-six-year-old Phillies OF Garry Maddox, an 8-time Gold Glove winner, retires. Only Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays have won more Gold Gloves in the outfield.
» August 20, 1989: Howard Johnson hits his 30th home run of the season in the Mets 54 loss to the Dodgers and joins Barry Bonds and Willie Mays as the only players to achieve 30 home runs and 30 SBs in two different seasons.
» July 30, 1990:
Jack Clark hits his 300th career home run in San Diego's 43 eleven-inning loss to the Braves. His homer in the 10th ties the game and is his 17th homer in extra innings. He's now in 2nd place in overtime homers to Willie Mays's 22.
» September 9, 1992: Milwaukee OF Robin Yount gets the 3,000th hit of his career in his team's 54 loss to the Indians. He also becomes only the 2nd player in history to record 200 home runs, 200 SBs and 100 triples, duplicating Willie Mays' feat.
» September 18, 1992: Pittsburgh's Barry Bonds hits his 30th home run of the season off Philadelphia's Terry Mulholland in the Pirates' 52 win over the Phillies. Bonds thus becomes the 5th player in history to have a pair of 30-HR, 30-stolen bases seasons. The others include his father, Willie Mays, Howard Johnson, and Ron Gant.
» August 29, 1993: KC's George Brett steals a base in the Royals' 5-4 win over the Red Sox, making him only the 3rd player in history with 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and 200 SBs. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron are the others to accomplish the feat.
» June 11, 1995:
Cincinnati defeats Houston, 3-2, in 10 innings on Ron Gant's home run. It is Gant's 4th extra-inning homer of the season, tying him with Willie Mays for the National League record. Charlie Maxwell hit five for the Tigers in 1960.
» February 8, 1996: Dave Winfield announces his retirement after 23 seasons. The 12-time All Star joins Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Stan Musial as the only players with 3,000 hits and 400 home runs.
» April 27, 1996:
Barry Bonds hits two homers, the 300th and 301st of his career, then with the Giants leading 61, he is tossed out of the game for disputing a 6th-inning, 3rd-strike call. Bonds is only the 4th major leaguer to hit 300 homers and steal 300 bases, joining his father Bobby Bonds, his godfather Willie Mays, and Andre Dawson. Bonds Sr. is the first base coach today, filling in for Jim Davenport, while Dawson, playing left field for the Marlins, has the best view of the two homers. Mark Leiter (23) allows six hits for the 63 win, with Rod Beck getting the final out.
» September 6, 1996: The O's Eddie Murray hits his 500th career home run, and his 21st of the year, off Felipe Lira of the Tigers in Detroit's 5-4, 12-inning win. He becomes the 15th player to reach the magic number. He also becomes just the 3rd player with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, joining Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.
» September 16, 1996:
In their 52 loss to the Braves, Mets OF Lance Johnson hits his 20th triple. He's the first NLer to reach that plateau since Willie Mays in 1957.
» April 4, 1998: Cardinals 1B Mark McGwire homers in his 4th straight game to tie the National League record set by Willie Mays in 1971 for home runs in consecutive games at the beginning of the season. The Cardinals defeat the Padres by an 86 score.
» August 31, 1998: Oakland OF Rickey Henderson scores the 2,000th run of his career in the Athletics' 156 loss to Cleveland. He joins Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose, and Willie Mays as the only players to reach the milestone.
» September 16, 1998:
Ken Griffey Jr. steals his 20th base of the season in a 41 victory over Oakland. He becomes just the 3rd player in history to record at least 50 home runs and at least 20 stolen bases in the same season. Willie Mays and Brady Anderson are the others.
» December 10, 1999:
Babe Ruth is voted Player of the Century by an Associated Press panel. Willie Mays comes in second.
» August 28, 2001: The Marlins defeat the Cubs, 43, despite Sammy Sosa's 52nd home run. The blast gives Sosa a share of the NL record for home runs in August, tying the mark set by Willie Mays in 1965. He also ties Babe Ruth for the most homers in seven consecutive seasons: the Babe hit 343 between 1926-32. Mark McGwire has hit 338 homers from 1995 through this year.
» August 9, 2002: Barry Bonds hits the 600th home run of his career, but the Giants still fall to the Pirates by a score of 43. Bonds joins Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays (his godfather) in the exclusive club.
» September 15, 2002:
The Cubs shut out the Reds, 60, as OF Sammy Sosa drives in his 100th run of the season on a 3run home run in the 8th inning. In doing so, he joins Mel Ott and Willie Mays as the only National League players to post eight consecutive 100RBI seasons.