Giants owner, Horace Stonham knew that baseball is at its best when it brings people together and in1953 he saw an opportunity to do just that. Starting in 1931, San Francisco Seals legend, Lefty O’Doul started arranging tours across Japan with other major leaguers, but when Shodi Yasuda, the president of Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper and baseball team, invited the Giants to Japan in 1953 it was the first time a single team traveled there. Less than 10 years after the end of World War II, Bobby Hofman and his Giants teammates received an enameled belt buckle from the Nagoya Dragons commemorating their game on October 25, 1953and helped to promote baseball around the world and bring the two countries together.
The top of the ball says everything about Willie Mays: LEGEND. In 2021 we celebrate Mays’ 90th birthday and it’s good to remember how much the world has changed since his birth on May 6, 1931. When Mays, along with William Shatner, James Dean and Desmond Tutu, was born the average wage was $1,850.00 a year and for an average of $18 a month you could rent a house(!) or purchase a new one for under $7,000. 1931 also was the last year you could buy a new Ford Model A paying 10 cents a gallon for gas, which you could use to cross the newly completed George Washington Bridge to see the brand-new Empire State Building.
100 years before the Earthquake Series the New York Giants also won the pennant. Portraits of all of the players, along with manager Jim Mutrie were featured on a commemorative plate. Featuring 6 future Hall of Famers (Mutrie, Roger Connor, Buck Ewing, Jim O’Rourke, Tim Keefe and Monte Ward) in 1889 the New York Baseball Club captured their second consecutive championship and a beautiful momento was created.
In 2016 Kristen and Buster Posey created BP28 to raise money and awareness for Pediatric Cancer. Since its inception, the Posey’s have raised more than $4 million for the Posey Family Research Grant and Fellowship Programs at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. The Buster and Kristen Posey Fund along with the V Foundation fund research and less toxic treatment options for kids battling cancer.
Before the Giants gave out silver FOBs, season ticketholders were presented with a 4.5x6 sterling silver pass. At the start of the 1898 season Bill Joyce was the team’s manger, but after he was fired on June 11th, the holders of this pass, Albert and Rebecca Elias, were able to watch the seven games Cap Anson managed for the Giants at the Polo Grounds before Joyce was rehired. Unfortunately, all the turmoil on the team did not help the Giants in the standings and the team finished in 7th place, 25 games behind the Boston Beaneaters for the pennant.
2020 was a tumultuous year for all of us, but important themes remain. The plaques on the sides of a base of called jewels, and the jewels from Opening Day in 2020 contained important messages. Black Lives Matter and Thank You Frontline Heroes are concepts that continue to resonate in baseball and the world we live in.
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