Originally posted on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 1/9/12

On this date in Giants history…

1918: The Brooklyn Robins sent outfielder Casey Stengel and infielder George Cutshaw to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitchers Burleigh Grimes and Al Mamaux, and infielder Chuck Ward. Stengel would go on to play on the New York Giants teams that won the World Series in 1921 and 1922, and continued to win the National League pennant in 1923. He hit over .400 in both the 1922 and 1923 Series. His game-winning homers (one was an inside-the-park job) won the two games that the Giants won in the ’23 Series. Stengel also holds the distinction of hitting the first World Series home run ever hit in Yankee Stadium, which opened in 1923.

1927: In a three-way deal, pitcher Burleigh Grimes went from the Brooklyn Robins to the New York Giants, catcher Butch Henline went from the Philadelphia Phillies to Brooklyn, and Giants second baseman Fresco Thompson and pitcher Jack Scott wound up with the Phillies.

1928: The Giants signed Chinese-Hawaiian infielder William “Buck” Lai, to a major league contract. Lai had been signed by the Phillies in 1918 but never appeared in a game, and then played in the minors for the semipro Brooklyn Bushwicks. He was on the Giants for a month but never appear in a game.

1961: Leo Durocher joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as third base coach. Previously, Durocher managed the Dodgers in Brooklyn and the Giants in New York.

1976: Charles Ruppert, Giants vice president and son-in-law of Horace Stoneham, announced the sale of the team to a Toronto group for $13.3 million. Outrage by the fans prompted San Francisco mayor George Moscone to get a preliminary injunction preventing the move.

1980: Al Kaline and Duke Snider were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Kaline was the 10th player to be elected in his first year of eligibility, while Snider—who finished his 18-year baseball career with the San Francisco Giants in 1964—made his 11th appearance on the ballot.

1989: First baseman Bill Terry died at the age of 92. Terry batted .341 over a 14-year tenure with the New York Giants, including a career-high .401 in 1930. Terry also served as the Giants’ manager for 10 seasons, leading the team to three consecutive pennants. He gained election to the Hall of Fame in 1954.

1990: Pitcher Jim Palmer, a three-time American League Cy Young Award winner, and second baseman Joe Morgan, a two-time National League MVP, were elected to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Morgan, who played for the Giants in 1981-’82, spent 10 years with the Astros and eight years with the Reds.

(Entries courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com)

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