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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.

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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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.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Opening dayEdit

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 lineupEdit

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 standingsEdit

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. opponentsEdit

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 transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1958 San Francisco Giants
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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
1B Orlando Cepeda 148 603 188 .312 25 96
3B Jim Davenport 134 434 111 .256 12 41
CF Willie Mays 152 600 208 .347 29 96
RF Willie Kirkland 122 418 108 .258 14 56

Other battersEdit

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
Bob Speake 66 71 15 .211 3 10
Jim King 34 56 12 .214 2 8
Don Taussig 39 50 10 .200 1 4
Nick Testa 1 0 0 ---- 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

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
John Fitzgerald 1 3 0 0 3.00 3

Other pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Ramón Monzant 43 150.2 8 11 4.72 93
Curt Barclay 6 16 0 1 2.81 6

Relief pitchersEdit

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Ray Crone 14 1 2 0 6.75 7
Jim Constable 9 1 0 1 5.63 4
Pete Burnside 6 0 0 0 6.75 4

Awards and honorsEdit

All-Star Game

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit