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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

San Francisco Giants

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The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California, that currently play in the National League West Division. One of the oldest MLB teams, the Giants hold the honor of having won the most games of any team in the history of baseball. The Giants played in New York City through the 1957 season, after which they moved west to California to become the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants began life as the second baseball club founded by millionaire tobacconist John B. Day and veteran amateur baseball player Jim Mutrie. The Gothams (as the Giants were originally known) were their entry to the National League in 1883, while their other club, the Metropolitans (the original Mets) played in the American Association. Nearly half of the original Gotham players were members of the disbanded Troy Trojans, whose place in the National League the Gothams inherited.

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Retired NumbersNY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44
Colors


  • Black, Orange, Cream


              
Name


  • San Francisco Giants (1958–present)




  • New York Giants (1885–1957)

  • New York Gothams (1883–85)


Other nicknames


  • The Jints, Los Gigantes, The G-Men, The Orange and Black


Ballpark


  • AT&T Park (2000–present)

    • a.k.a. SBC Park (2004-05)

    • a.k.a. Pacific Bell Park (2000–03)



  • Candlestick Park (1960–99)

    • a.k.a. 3Com Park at Candlestick Point (1997–99)



  • Seals Stadium (1958–59)

  • Polo Grounds IV (New York) (1911–57)

    • a.k.a. Brush Stadium (1911–19)



  • Hilltop Park (New York) (1911)

  • Polo Grounds III (New York) (1891–1911)

  • Polo Grounds II (New York) (1889–90)

  • St. George Grounds (New York) (1889)

  • Oakland Park (New Jersey) (1889)

  • Polo Grounds I (New York) (1883–88)


Major league titles
World Series titles (5)1954 • 1933 • 1922 • 1921• 1905 
NL Pennants (20)2002 • 1989 • 1962 • 1954
1951 • 1937 • 1936 • 1933
1924 • 1923 • 1922 • 1921
1917 • 1913 • 1912 • 1911
1905 • 1904 • 1889 • 1888
  
West Division titles (6)2003 • 2000 • 1997 • 1989
1987 • 1971
  
Wild card berths (1)2002