San Francisco Giants
All-Time Postseason Record: 44-60-2
Division Series Games: 0-3
Championship Series Games: 8-8
World Series Games: 36-49-2
|All-Time Records vs. 2000 Playoff Teams|
||Postseason (last meeting)
||3-4 (1987 NLCS: lost in seven games)
|(Includes franchise history in New York)|
|Most Memorable Postseason Moment
|"The Shot Heard 'Round The World" -- October 3, 1951
|Having stormed back from an 13 1/2 game deficit in mid-August to tie the arch-rival Brooklyn Dodgers and force a three-game playoff, the Giants' magical season ended with a pennant thanks to one of the most memorable home runs in baseball history. The teams had split the first two games of the series, and in the decisive third game, the Dodgers took a 4-1 lead into the ninth. But the Giants eked out a run off Don Newcombe, and had runners on second and third when Dodger manager Charlie Dressen summoned Ralph Branca -- number 13 -- from the bullpen to face the powerful Bobby Thomson. The rest, as they say, is history. Thompson launched Brancaís second pitch into the left-field stands, to send the Giants to the World Series.
|Most Memorable Postseason Performer
|Christy Mathewson -- 1905
Christy Mathewsonís performance in the 1905 World Series can be summed up in two words -- total domination. Pitching on just two days' rest between each start, Mathewson hurled three complete-game shutouts against the Philadelphia Athletics. In Game One, he defeated twenty-five-game winner (and future Hall of Famer) Eddie Plank. In Game Three, he held the Aís to four hits in a 1-0 Giants win. He capped off his amazing run by besting Chief Bender (another future Hall of Famer) in Game Five to seal the series for the Giants.
Ľ The first inside-the-park home run ever hit in Yankee Stadium during World Series play was off the bat of a member of the New York Giants -- centerfielder Casey Stengel, who did it in the ninth inning of Game One of the 1923 Series. Stengel would later lead the Yankees to ten pennants -- and seven championships -- as a manager.|
|Most Memorable Postseason Team
|1954: Mays' Catch Sparks Surprising Sweep
1954 was supposed to be the Indians' year. Coming into the World Series after a record-setting 111-win season, they werenít expected to have much trouble with the 97-57 New York Giants. But the Tribe was doomed from the outset. With the game tied at two, an amazing, over-the-shoulder catch by Willie Mays on a 460-foot blast by Cleveland's Vic Wertz saved two runs and set the tone for the entire series. In the tenth inning, New York pinch-hitter Dusty Rhodes smashed a three-run game-winning homer. Rhodes homered yet again in Game Two and singled in two key runs in the Giantsí 5-2 Game Three victory. The Indians didnít put up much of a fight in Game Four as the Giants completed an improbable four-game sweep with a 7-4 win.