Comparing the Super Bowl contenders from a baseball perspective
Okay, I don’t pretend to be a football expert, I simply pretend to be baseball expert. I start watching football after the World Series ends, and throughout the regular season I watch the NFL Red Zone Channel which has continuous plays from around the league. I do this because I have a tendency to fall asleep during the frequent and long commercial breaks when watching one game and the Red Zone Channel is commercial free.
The downside of the channel is that I have no idea of the records of the teams that I am watching and so when I see a series of plays I really have no idea whether there are playoff implications involved. This all changes in the postseason, when I start watching actual games (yes, I did fall asleep at the end of a second quarter through half-time and much of a third quarter of one game) and I decide who to root for as I start watching the games.
This year I was particularly pleased with the teams that reached the Super Bowl. Ray Lewis is apparently a hideous human but his impending retirement makes for a great story and Colin Kaepernick was drafted by the Cubs and I like that. In addition, I had fantasies of the Orioles facing the Giants in the World Series and Game 6 would have been the night of Halloween and I thought it was apropos that two teams dressed in orange and black would be playing.
Alas, that was not to be. However, San Francisco does have the chance to have two parades and multiple car burnings as they possibly “party” again, Baltimore can be thankful for their revival as a two-sport city and most importantly, we can all celebrate that New Orleans can once again host the gala.
While some people are excited about the Super Bowl in order to crown a new champion, others may love the spectacle, some look forward to the commercials, some teachers are just happy there is a reason to still teach Roman numerals, but for me, I believe that when the Super Bowl is done, baseball unofficially begins.
With that in mind I figured to compare Baltimore and San Francisco baseball-style
Orioles Hall of Famers
Players Years played with Orioles
- Roberto Alomar 1996-98
- Robin Roberts 1962-65
- Frank Robinson 1966-71
- Brooks Robinson* 1955-77
- George Kell 1956-57
- Luis Aparicio 1963-67
- Hoyt Wilhelm 1958-62
- Jim Palmer* 1965-67, 69-84
- Reggie Jackson 1976
- Eddie Murray* 1977-88, 96
- Cal Ripken, Jr.* 1981-01
* Played more games with Orioles than any other club.
Managers Years with Orioles
** Elected as player.
Executives Years with Orioles
- Lee MacPhail, General Manager 1959-65
Giants Hall of Famers
Players (19) Years with Giants
- Roger Bresnahan 1902-08
- Orlando Cepeda 1958-66
- Roger Connor 1883-94
- George S. Davis 1893-1901, 1903
- William “Buck” Ewing 1883-92
- Frankie Frisch 1919-26
- Monte Irvin 1949-55
- Travis Jackson 1922-36
- George Kelly 1915-17,1919-26
- Fred Lindstrom 1924-32
- Ernie Lombardi 1943-47
- Willie Mays 1951-72
- Willie McCovey 1959-73,1977-80
- Johnny Mize 1942-49
- James O’Rourke 1885-92, 1904
- Mel Ott 1926-47
- Bill Terry 1923-36
- Monte Ward 1883-89,1893-94
- Ross Youngs 1917-26
Pitchers (10) Years with Giants
- Carl Hubbell 1928-43
- Tim Keefe 1885-91
- Juan Marichal 1960-73
- Rube Marquard 1908-15
- Christy Mathewson 1900-16
- Joe McGinnity 1902-08
- Amos Rusie 1890-98
- Mickey Welch 1883-92
- Hoyt Wilhelm 1952-56
- Gaylord Perry 1962-71
Managers (1) Years with Giants
- John McGraw 1902-32
Others who spent part of their career with Giants (23) Years
- Dave Bancroft 1920-23,1930
- Jake Beckly 1896-97
- Dan Brouthers 1904
- Jesse Burkett 1890
- Steve Carlton 1986
- Gary Carter 1990
- Leo Durocher 1948-55
- Burleigh Grimes 1927
- Charles “Gabby” Hartnett 1941
- Rogers Hornsby 1927
- Waite Hoyt 1918, 1932
- Willie Keeler 1892-93, 1910
- Mike “King” Kelly 1893
- Bill McKechnie 1916
- Joseph “Ducky” Medwick 1943-45
- Joe Morgan 1981-82
- Edd Roush 1916, 1927-29
- Ray Schalk 1929
- Albert “Red” Schoendienst 1956-57
- Duke Snider 1964
- Warren Spahn 1965
- Casey Stengel 1921-23
- Hack Wilson 1923-25
Broadcasters Who Spent Part of Their Career Covering The Giants (3) Years
- Russ Hodges 1958-70
- Lindsay Nelson 1979-81
- Lon Simmons 1958-73; 1976-78; 1996-2002
13 players played for each of these franchises exclusively
- Kurt Ainsworth
- George Bamberger
- Foster Castleman
- Tom Hafey
- Hooks Iott
- Fred Johnson
- Mark Leonard
- Luis Mercedes
- Lou Polli
- Guillermo Rodriguez
- Hank Thompson
- Fuzz White
- Eli Whiteside
Trades between Baltimore Orioles & San Francisco Giants
- December 6, 2005: The Baltimore Orioles traded Steve Kline to the San Francisco Giants for LaTroy Hawkins.
- July 31, 2003: The San Francisco Giants traded Ryan Hannaman (minors), Kurt Ainsworth and Damian Moss to theBaltimore Orioles for Sidney Ponson.
- July 23, 1998: The San Francisco Giants traded Darin Blood (minors) to the Baltimore Orioles for Joe Carter.
- December 9, 1996: The Baltimore Orioles purchased Mike Johnson from the San Francisco Giants.
- April 29, 1993: The San Francisco Giants traded Kevin McGehee to the Baltimore Orioles for Luis Mercedes.
- March 20, 1993: The San Francisco Giants traded Mark Leonard to the Baltimore Orioles for Steve Scarsone.
- August 8, 1990: The San Francisco Giants purchased Jay Aldrich from the Baltimore Orioles.
- March 26, 1989: The Baltimore Orioles traded Ken Gerhart to the San Francisco Giants for Francisco Melendez.
- January 24, 1989: The San Francisco Giants traded Bob Melvin to the Baltimore Orioles for Terry Kennedy.
- April 9, 1985: The San Francisco Giants traded Kelvin Torve to the Baltimore Orioles for Tommy Alexander (minors).
- July 27, 1977: The Baltimore Orioles purchased Ken Rudolph from the San Francisco Giants.
- December 15, 1962: The Baltimore Orioles traded Jimmie Coker, Jack Fisher and Billy Hoeft to the San Francisco Giants for Mike McCormick, Stu Miller and John Orsino.
- September 1, 1960: The Baltimore Orioles purchased Dave Philley from the San Francisco Giants.
- November 30, 1959: The San Francisco Giants traded Jackie Brandt, Gordon Jones and Roger McCardell to theBaltimore Orioles for Billy Loes and Billy O’Dell.
- February 14, 1959: The Baltimore Orioles purchased Whitey Lockman from the San Francisco Giants.
- March 24, 1958: The Baltimore Orioles purchased Foster Castleman from the San Francisco Giants for $30,000.
- April 21, 1956: The Baltimore Orioles purchased Billy Gardner from the New York Giants for $20,000.
- April 8, 1954: The Baltimore Orioles purchased Dave Koslo from the New York Giants.
- July 16, 1951: The St. Louis Browns purchased Bill Jennings from the New York Giants.
- November 14, 1935: The New York Giants purchased Dick Coffman from the St. Louis Browns.
All-time Records for each club
|San Francisco Giants||
All-time Orioles HR Leaders
All-time Giants HR Leaders
All-time Orioles Wins Leaders
All-time Giant Wins Leaders
Baltimore vs San Francisco head-to-head in baseball
|2002-06-21||Baltimore Orioles||@||San Francisco Giants||L||3||4||0||1|
|2002-06-22||Baltimore Orioles||@||San Francisco Giants||W||4||2||1||1|
|2002-06-23||Baltimore Orioles||@||San Francisco Giants||W||3||1||2||1|
|For 2002, MLA, SLB and BAL won 2, NYG and SFG won 1.|
|2004-06-12 (1)||Baltimore Orioles||San Francisco Giants||L||6||9||2||2||11|
|2004-06-12 (2)||Baltimore Orioles||San Francisco Giants||W||5||4||3||2||12|
|2004-06-13||Baltimore Orioles||San Francisco Giants||L||3||7||3||3|
|For 2004, MLA, SLB and BAL won 1, NYG and SFG won 2.|
|2010-06-14||Baltimore Orioles||@||San Francisco Giants||L||2||10||3||4|
|2010-06-15||Baltimore Orioles||@||San Francisco Giants||W||4||1||4||4|
|2010-06-16||Baltimore Orioles||@||San Francisco Giants||L||3||6||4||5|
|For 2010, MLA, SLB and BAL won 1, NYG and SFG won 2.|