‘Frisco’s Solid at Third

 

Glancing Back, and Remembering Jim Davenport

Jim Davenport spent his entire 13-season major league career with a single team: the San Francisco Giants. He played every position except the battery at the major league level, though he played roughly 90 percent of his more than 1400 games at third base, where his dependable play and timely hitting made him a Candlestick Park fixture during the 1960s. Continue reading

Mathews Reaches 500

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(July 14, 1967) At Candlestick Park, batting against San Francisco Giants ace Juan Marichal, Eddie Mathews hit home run number 500 as the Houston Astros beat the Giants 8-6.

After hitting 493 career home runs with the Braves, Eddie Mathews launched number 500 in 1967 with the Houston Astros.

After hitting 493 career home runs with the Braves, Eddie Mathews launched number 500 in 1967 with the Houston Astros.

Prior to the 1967 season, Mathews had been traded by the Atlanta Braves with a player to be named later and Arnold Umbach to the Houston Astros for Bob Bruce and Dave Nicholson. A nine-time All-Star in 15 seasons with the Braves, Mathews had hit 493 homers playing for the franchise in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. His seventh round-tripper of the 1967 season made him the seventh major leaguer to reach the 500 home run plateau.

Mathews’ home run came in the sixth inning with two runners aboard. It was not Marichal’s best day. The Giants went into the sixth inning leading 4-3, but the first two Astros batters, Jim Wynn and Rusty Staub, opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Mathews came up and homered to put the Astros on top 6-4.

Marichal then walked Norm Miller (who had hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning) and gave up a single to Bob Aspromonte before being relieved by left-hander Joe Gibbon. Marichal left the game after allowing seven earned runs in five innings. The loss brought his season record to 12-8.

As a member of the Braves, Eddie Mathews hit home runs in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta over a 17-year career. He led the National League in home runs twice: in 1953 and 1959.

As a member of the Braves, Eddie Mathews hit home runs in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta over a 17-year career. He led the National League in home runs twice: in 1953 and 1959.

The winning pitcher was Dave Giusti (6-8), who allowed nine hits and five earned runs in seven innings, including a two-run homer by Giants third baseman Jim Davenport. The Giants also got a solo home run from Jim Ray Hart in the eighth inning. That home run came off Larry Sherry, who picked up his second save of the season.

Mathews would end the 1967 season with the Detroit Tigers. On the season, he would hit 16 home runs with 57 runs batted in. He would retire after the 1968 season with 512 career home runs, and he would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.

Juan-derful Debut

 

Lights Out: Juan Marichal Begins His Hall of Fame Career with a One-Hit Masterpiece

When: July 19, 1960

Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game Time: 2:07

Attendance: 13,279

Granted: the Phillies-Giants game on July 19, 1960 would not have much impact on that season’s pennant race. The Philadelphia Phillies (34-51) started the game in seventh place, 17 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. The San Francisco Giants (42-40) were in fifth place, 7.5 games out of first. Neither team would finish the season any closer to first place.

Twenty-two-year-old Giants rookie Juan Marichal kicked off his Hall of Fame career with a one-hit shutout of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Twenty-two-year-old Giants rookie Juan Marichal kicked off his Hall of Fame career with a one-hit shutout of the Philadelphia Phillies.

While not significant in the 1960 pennant race, the July 19 game between Philadelphia and San Francisco was significant in baseball history … as the dazzling debut of future Hall of Famer Juan Marichal.

Marichal started the game by striking out Phillies shortstop Ruben Amaro. He then retired Tony Taylor and Johnny Callison for a perfect first inning. He retired the Phillies in order again in the second inning, and the third. Marichal’s pitching stayed perfect through the sixth inning … 18 Phillies batters, 18 Phillies outs.

That perfect game evaporated in the seventh inning. After striking out Amaro, Marichal allowed his first base runner of the game as Taylor reached first on an error by Giants shortstop Eddie Bressoud. A wild pitch that advanced Taylor to second base was followed by a walk to first baseman Pancho Herrera. The runners were stranded as Joe Morgan flied out to Willie Mays in center field.

Meanwhile, the Giants had already given Marichal all the runs he would need. In the second inning, an RBI single by third baseman Jim Davenport scored Orlando Cepeda. Willie Kirkland’s single in the fifth inning drove in Mays with the game’s second and final run.

Marichal retired the first two batters in the eighth inning before allowing a single by pinch hitter Clay Dalrymple. Tony Gonzalez fouled out to end the inning with Dalrymple still at first. Then Marichal retired the Phillies in order in the ninth.

That’s how to start a baseball career: Retire the first 17 batters you face, and finish the game with a one-hit shutout, 12 strikeouts and only one walk. Phillies starter John Buzhardt deserved better in the loss, allowing only two runs over seven innings. But when you’re pitching against the man who would win more games in the 1960s than any other major league pitcher, you’d better bring Hall of Fame stuff.

 

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Astros Fall to Marichal’s No-Hit Pitching

Juan Marichal's 1963 no-hitter against the Houston Colts was the first by a Giants pitcher in 34 years.

Juan Marichal’s 1963 no-hitter against the Houston Colts was the first by a Giants pitcher in 34 years.

 

From This Week in 1960s Baseball …

(June 15, 1963) At Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the Giants today defeated the Houston Colts 1-0 behind the no-hit pitching of ace Juan Marichal (10-3).

It was the first no-hitter by a Giants pitcher in 34 years, and the first since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958.

The 25-year old Dominican native outdueled Colt .45’s right-hander Dick Drott. Drott (2-4) pitched a three-hit complete game. The Giants scored the game’s only run in the eighth inning on Jim Davenport’s lead-off double and second baseman Chuck Hiller two-out RBI double. The game’s only other hit was a Willie Mays single in the first inning.

Marichal faced only 29 batters, walking two and striking out five. It was his second consecutive shutout and seventh complete game of the season. Marichal would finish the 1963 season at 25-8 with a 2.41 ERA, 18 complete games and five shutouts. He would lead the National League with 321.1 innings pitched and tie for the most victories with Sandy Koufax.

More than 3 full decades - and a move from New York to San Francisco - separated the no-hitters by Carl Hubbell and Juan Marichal.

More than 3 full decades – and a move from New York to San Francisco – separated the no-hitters by Carl Hubbell and Juan Marichal.

And the previous Giants pitcher to toss a no-hitter? That was Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell. King Carl no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 8, 1929.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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