1959 San Francisco Giants season

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1959 San Francisco Giants
Willie McCovey's Rookie Year
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Horace Stoneham
Manager(s) Bill Rigney
Local television none
Local radio KSFO
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons)
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The 1959 San Francisco Giants season involved the 83-71 team's third-place finish in the National League standings, four games behind the World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. It was the team's second and final season at Seals Stadium before moving their games to Candlestick Park the following season.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

In his major league debut on July 30, Willie McCovey went four-for-four against future Hall-of-Famer Robin Roberts en route to a .354 batting average. McCovey went on to win National League Rookie of the Year honors while playing in just 52 games.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 68 -- .564
Milwaukee Braves 86 70 2 .551
San Francisco Giants 83 71 4 .539
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 76 9 .506
Chicago Cubs 74 80 13 .481
Cincinnati Reds 74 80 13 .481
St. Louis Cardinals 71 83 16 .461
Philadelphia Phillies 64 90 23 .416

Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1959 San Francisco Giants
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Landrith, HobieHobie Landrith 109 283 71 .251 3 29

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Rhodes, DustyDusty Rhodes 54 48 9 .188 0 7
Pagán, JoséJosé Pagán 31 46 8 .174 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Antonelli, JohnnyJohnny Antonelli 40 282 19 10 3.10 165
Jones, SamSam Jones 50 270.2 21 15 2.83 209
Sanford, JackJack Sanford 36 222.1 15 12 3.16 132

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Byerly, BudBud Byerly 11 1 0 0 1.38 4
Muffett, BillyBilly Muffett 5 0 0 0 5.40 3
Barclay, CurtCurt Barclay 1 0 0 0 54.00 0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game (first game) All-Star Game (second game)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Phoenix Giants Pacific Coast League Red Davis
AA Corpus Christi Giants Texas League Ray Murray
A Springfield Giants Eastern League Andy Gilbert
B Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Roy Partee
C Fresno Giants California League Mike McCormick
C St. Cloud Rox Northern League Richie Klaus
D Michigan City White Caps Midwest League Buddy Kerr
D Hastings Giants Nebraska State League Leo Schrall
D Artesia Giants Sophomore League Jodie Phipps

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Springfield[8]

Notes[edit]

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