1958 San Francisco Giants season

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1958 San Francisco Giants
1st Season in San Francisco
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Horace Stoneham
General manager(s)Chub Feeney
Manager(s)Bill Rigney
Local televisionKTVU
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons)
Local radioKSFO
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons, Bill King)
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The 1958 San Francisco Giants season was the franchise's inaugural season in San Francisco, California and 76th season overall. The Giants' home ballpark was Seals Stadium. The team had a record of 80–74 finishing in third place in the National League standings, twelve games behind the NL Champion Milwaukee Braves.

Of the broadcast team, Russ Hodges left his former broadcasting partners in New York and for that season was joined on both KTVU and KSFO by Lon Simmons.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Opening day[edit]

The Giants and the now-Los Angeles Dodgers, arch-rivals for 68 years in New York, faced each other in their respective first-ever game on the West Coast. On Tuesday afternoon, April 15, 1958, at Seals Stadium, the Giants' temporary home park, San Francisco blanked Los Angeles, 8–0, behind Rubén Gómez' complete game, six-hit shutout. Gómez fanned six, issued no bases on balls, and went two for four at the plate. Daryl Spencer hit the first home run in San Francisco's MLB history with a solo shot in the fourth inning, and rookie Orlando Cepeda followed with another solo blast one inning later. Willie Mays had two runs batted in. Don Drysdale took the loss for the Dodgers. Attendance at the longtime minor league stadium was a sellout, 23,448.[8]

Starting lineup[edit]

12 Jim Davenport    3B
22 Jim King LF
24 Willie Mays CF
29 Willie Kirkland RF
30 Orlando Cepeda    1B
20 Daryl Spencer SS
19 Danny O'Connell     2B
  7 Valmy Thomas C
28 Rubén Gómez P[8][9]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 0.597 48–29 44–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 70 0.545 8 49–28 35–42
San Francisco Giants 80 74 0.519 12 44–33 36–41
Cincinnati Redlegs 76 78 0.494 16 40–37 36–41
Chicago Cubs 72 82 0.468 20 35–42 37–40
St. Louis Cardinals 72 82 0.468 20 39–38 33–44
Los Angeles Dodgers 71 83 0.461 21 39–38 32–45
Philadelphia Phillies 69 85 0.448 23 35–42 34–43

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1958 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team CHC CIN LAD MIL PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 10–12 11–11 10–12 13–9 9–13 12–10 7–15
Cincinnati 12–10 11–11 5–17 15–7 10–12 11–11 12–10
Los Angeles 11–11 11–11 14–8 10–12 8–14 6–16 11–11
Milwaukee 12–10 17–5 8–14 13–9 11–11 16–6 15–7
Philadelphia 9–13 7–15 12–10 9–13 12–10 8–14 12–10
Pittsburgh 13–9 12–10 14–8 11–11 10–12 12–10 12–10
San Francisco 10–12 11–11 16–6 6–16 14–8 10–12 13–9
St. Louis 15–7 10–12 11–11 7–15 10–12 10–12 9–13


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1958 San Francisco Giants
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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 Bob Schmidt 127 393 96 .244 14 54
1B Orlando Cepeda 148 603 188 .312 25 96
2B Danny O'Connell 107 306 71 .232 3 23
SS Daryl Spencer 148 539 138 .256 17 74
3B Jim Davenport 134 434 111 .256 12 41
LF Hank Sauer 88 236 59 .250 12 46
CF Willie Mays 152 600 208 .347 29 96
RF Willie Kirkland 122 418 108 .258 14 56

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
Ray Jablonski 86 230 53 .230 12 46
Leon Wagner 74 221 70 .317 13 35
Felipe Alou 75 182 46 .253 4 16
Valmy Thomas 63 143 37 .259 3 16
Eddie Bressoud 66 137 36 .263 0 8
Whitey Lockman 92 122 29 .238 2 7
Bob Speake 66 71 15 .211 3 10
Andre Rodgers 22 63 13 .206 2 11
Jim King 34 56 12 .214 2 8
Jackie Brandt 18 52 13 .250 0 3
Don Taussig 39 50 10 .200 1 4
Bill White 26 29 7 .241 1 4
Jim Finigan 23 25 5 .200 0 1
Nick Testa 1 0 0 ---- 0 0

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
Johnny Antonelli 41 241.2 16 13 3.28 143
Rubén Gómez 42 207.2 10 12 4.38 112
Mike McCormick 42 178.1 11 8 4.59 82
John Fitzgerald 1 3 0 0 3.00 3

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
Stu Miller 41 182 6 9 2.47 119
Al Worthington 54 151.1 11 7 3.63 76
Ramón Monzant 43 150.2 8 11 4.72 93
Paul Giel 29 92 4 5 4.70 55
Curt Barclay 6 16 0 1 2.81 6
Pete Burnside 6 10.2 0 0 6.75 4

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
Marv Grissom 51 7 5 11 3.99 46
Don Johnson 17 0 1 1 6.26 14
Ray Crone 14 1 2 0 6.75 7
Gordon Jones 11 3 1 1 2.37 8
Jim Constable 9 1 0 1 5.63 4
Dom Zanni 1 1 0 0 2.25 3
Joe Shipley 1 0 0 0 33.75 0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star 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 Danville Leafs Carolina League Bobby Hofman
C Fresno Giants California League Mike McCormick
C St. Cloud Rox Northern League Richie Klaus
D Panama City Fliers Alabama–Florida League Bill Brightwell, Charles Clark,
Joe Tipton and Charley Grant
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: Phoenix, Corpus Christi, Fresno[16]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]