Giants: Past & Present
MVP Books, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
s the present season becomes more and more of a question mark, San Francisco Giant fans may well wish to relive the team's two recent World Series successes by spending some time paging through
Giants Past & Present
by Dan Fost.
his updated '
2012 Championship Edition
' not only takes the reader back to the early days of the franchise in New York but it also follows the move West and the team's march to the 2010 and 2012 pennants.
ver forty, short, well illustrated chapters chronicle team highlights that include looking at all the positions from catcher to the outfield plus important playoff games, general managers, broadcasters and sportswriters. Giant fans will also find of particular interest the sections on
Gaffes and Controversies
Bullpens, Dugouts and Clubhouses
aturally the Giant-Dodger rivalry merits its own section. The paragraph that discusses the 1951 season when the Giants rallied from 13 ½ games back to tie the Dodgers is very sweet. That was the year Bobby Thompson delivered the coup de grace to hand the G Men the pennant with one of the most famous home runs in baseball history.
Since 1901 the two teams have played more head-to-head games than any other rivals in baseball,
' writes Fost. '
As of the end of 2012, the Giants have won 1,108 games to the Dodger's 1,091.
ou may be familiar with the players with monikers such as
Kung Fu Panda
Say Hey Kid
, but do you know who was called the
s you page through the section on catchers, notice how the equipment has changed. The gear worn by Buck Ewing in 1889 isn't anything like what Buster Posey straps on today. Also, Pablo Sandoval's 2009 photo serves as quite a contrast to what the third baseman looks like today. The Panda has added quite a few pounds!
ne of the curious omissions in the book can be found in the
Voices of the Giants
section. The only folks pictured are Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons, Hank Greenwald and Renel Brooks-Moon. One has to wonder why Miller, Flemming, and the popular TV duo of Kuiper and Krukow were omitted.
n entertaining book with lots of interesting information about the Giants franchise, this is a coffee table book that will do more than gather dust in the family room. When kindred orange and black fans notice this Giant retrospective it will unquestionably generate a little baseball banter on the team's current state of affairs.
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