The Uniforms of the San Francisco Giants!
Titled “Orange Is Beautiful” and licensed by Major League Baseball,
we present the uniforms history of the San Francisco Giants.
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1904 The San Francisco Giants began as the New York Gothams in 1883. In 1885 after an emotional win over Philadelphia, manager Jim Murtie calls his players “giants”. The name of the club then becomes the Giants, and some of the best players from the Metropolitans are moved to the team. By 1891 the club takes over sole possession of the Polo Grounds. After many changes, fires, and renovations the Giants would share the park with the Yankees from 1913 to 1922. John McGraw was synonymous with the Giants and managed the team from 1902 to 1932. At first he was both player/manager, until he stopped playing at the end of the 1906 season.
the season with a 106-47 record, the Giants take the pennant over the Cubs by
10 games. In what would have been the second World Series, McGraw and team
owner John Brush, (who bought the team in 1902) opt not to play for the
“Championship” against the American League winning Boston Red Sox, referring to
the new American League as a “minor league”. This was the first of only two
times that the World Series would not be played in its history. After some
changes to the format of the Series, the Giants face the Philadelphia Athletics
the following year. They take the championship 4 games to 1, (with each game
being a shutout) for their first World Series crown.
The home uniform we see here is a pullover style, with four buttons down the front. The collar is full, which was the style of the early 1900’s, and “NEW YORK” is boldly spelled out on the front.
1911 In 1905 when the Giants won their first World Series, they chose to wear an alternate uniform to the home and away jersey’s they wore during the regular season. It was an all black uniform with a white “NY” on the front. When the Giants returned to the “Fall Classic” this year, they chose to take on the intimidating all black uniform yet again. This time the Giants had a new “NY” monogram that was first seen on the 1908 uniform, (the 1908 version was changed the following year to what it looks like now on the New York Mets uniforms).
(On this poster we show the “NY” monogram on the front of the jersey, when it was actually on the sleeve. This will be corrected in future editions)
With another winning season of 99-54, the 1911 World Series would be a rematch to that of 1905’s, with the Giants facing the Philadelphia Athletics. After winning game 1, the Giants dropped the next two. The Series was halted for six days due to rain. When game 4 was finally played, one week after the last game, the A’s went back to work and were one game away from the Championship. New York won the next game in 10 innings, but the hurdle was too much to overcome, as they fell to the A’s in the next game, giving Philadelphia the Series.
A Giants note from this era: In April 1907 Giants catcher Roger Bresnahan became the first catcher to openly wear protective leg gear. Then in June of the same year Bresnahan is knocked out by a pitch from Reds’ pitcher Andy Coakley. While he recovers, Bresnahan invents the batting helmet, an invention that finally becomes mandatory in 1970.
1916 This home uniform was one of four uniforms the Giants had this year. Three out of the four were plaid. This has to be one of the oddest uniforms we have seen. This wide plaid experiment only lasted the one season, with a smaller checkered pattern taking over as the away uniform in the following year. This is a time in baseball when the teams did a lot of experimentation in terms of uniform design and pattern. They would redesign the entire uniform on a seasonal basis.
The Giants win a record 26 games in a row this season, but still finish in the middle of the National League standings with an 86-66 record.
1917 They only stuck with this tight cross-hatching
road uniform for one year, but the uniform experimenting was not over. A mini
cadet collar is in place now, instead of the full collar that was seen earlier.
The “NEW YORK “ on the front is now a purple color.
Since the Giants last World Series Championship in 1905, they had been to the post season three times, and come up empty in each. Finishing this season with a 98-56 record, they found themselves back in the Fall Classic once again, this time against the Chicago White Sox. The Sox, led by Eddie Collins, Buck Weaver and Joe Jackson insured the Giants fate with a fourth straight World Series defeat, 4 games to 2.
1922 Wide blue and white pinstripes, which the
Giants had been flirting with since 1911, covered this home uniform. The “NY”
logo is once again on the left arm.
The year before this was the first all New York World Series, which was won by the Giants. This years post season saw a re-match, as the Giants finish the season with a 93-61 record. With the Giants already up a game, they went into the second scoring a quick 3 runs in the first. The Yanks came back to tie it, and the game went into extra innings. After the tenth, the game was called due to darkness, although it was still light out. Due to the “tie”, there were actually five games played this Series, although the Giants won the title 4 games to none. The Giants would make appearances in the next two World Series’ as well, but wouldn’t win either.
1933 On this home uniform we can see the first use
of the colors the Giants wear today, black lettering with orange outlines on a
white jersey, and black undershirt. Also we notice the orange piping that goes
around the collar and down the buttons, and around the sleeves. These colors
would only last three seasons, as they would go back to blue uniforms.
In June of 1932 Giants longtime manager John McGraw steps down and passes on the managerial duties to his first baseman Bill Terry. In Terry’s first full season as manager, the team finishes 91-61, and heads to the World Series as underdogs to the Washington Senators. It would be pitching that would decide this series, as the Giants had an impressive 1.53 ERA. New York would take the title in five games.
A 1930’s Giants note: On June 15th 1938 the Giants played the first game ever played under the lights in New York, and 23 year old Reds pitcher Johnny Vander Meer pitches a no hitter - amazingly, he pitched another no hitter 4 days earlier vs the Boston Braves. This is the only time the same pitcher pitches back-to-back no hitters in 20th century major league history.
1942 The Giants followed one of the trends that
took baseball by storm, the zipper. Almost all of the Major League teams
embraced this little invention and sported it willingly on the field. The home
uniform colors have gone back to the red, white and blue, since the last
uniform we saw. The piping around the collar and down the front is more
predominant than ever, and is both red and blue. There are even double stripes
around the arms.
December 1941 to November 1945 America goes to war. Should the able bodied athletes of baseball be fighting for their country overseas? The commissioner of Baseball and the President of the United States of America have a chat about the game’s role in the war. Both agree that the game is too important to the people. It will boost the morale of the entire Country, and get their minds off of the war effort for a short time.
The Wartime patches that were sported by all levels of professional baseball were the Health patch as well as the Stars and Stripes patch. The Health was only worn for the 1942 season, part of a health and fitness awareness campaign. The Stars and Stripes was worn from 1943 to1945.
The Giants appoint yet another player/manager this year in Mel Ott. He would not have as much luck as his predecessors, as the team finishes with a 85-67 record. The Giants seemed to lose more players to the war effort, than any other team.
1951 As we see on this road uniform, the Giants
have gone back to the colors we saw in the 1933 uniform, and the colors we know
the Giants to be today. Unfortunately we do not have any information on the
patch that was worn on the left sleeve.
“The Giants win the pennant!!! The Giants win the pennant!!! The Giants win the pennant!!!” The New York Giants had a 16 game winning streak this year. At one point they were 13.5 games behind the Dodgers, but finished the season going 98-59. The energy that sparked the Giant performance was none other than rookie Willy Mays, and led by the Giant manager Leo Durocher. The Giants caught the Dodgers and forced a playoff. The Giants won off of Bobby Thompson’s long bomb that brought in three runs, in the bottom of the 9th of the 3rd game. Their elation was short lived however; the Yankees won another World Series in 6 games. Nothing will ever take away the amazing performance from the underdog team that won their pennant after an unforgettable series.
1962 As we see on this home uniform, even though
the Giants have a new home, the jersey has stayed the same. It is a very
classic design with very little piping around the collar and sleeves.
The Giants left New York in 1957 in tandem with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Giants went to San Francisco, and the Dodgers went to Los Angeles. New York city went from 3 teams down to 1. They played their old neighborhood rivals the Yankees for the World Series but were overcome in the 7th game 1 to 0. The New York Mets started as a franchise this year and to honor their predecessors they chose orange for the Giants and blue for the Dodgers, a color scheme that is still in effect today. 1962 is the 3rd season that the Giants are playing at Candlestick Park. The players would wear heavy undershirts or windbreakers under their jerseys because of the close proximity of the park to the ocean. Even in the heat of summer the park had a nasty chill to it. However, this did not stop the team from winning, as they go 103-62 on the season.
1965 This road jersey is a testament to how
simplicity works. Little or no useless details, just letters, stripes and
buttons. Traditionally a baseball teams’ road jersey is darker than the home,
as well it will say the teams city on the front. These two clues makes telling
the road from the home jersey a lot easier.
The Giants finish the season in second place only two games behind the Dodgers with a record of 95-67. Willie Mays wins his second National League MVP award as he leads the league in home runs with 52 and leads the Giants with a .317 average and 112 RBI. On the mound, Juan Marichal leads the Giants pitching staff with a 22-13 record.
1978 This is a double knit 3rd jersey that most of the other teams succumbed to during the 70’s and early 80’s. It was a pullover style, synthetic material. The pants were called “Sans-a-Belt” because of the elastic material of the waistline. This is the 2nd year that the numbers appear on the front of the jersey. Uniform numbers first made their appearance on the front of a uniform in 1952 - the Brooklyn Dodgers were the first team to wear uniform numbers on the front of their jersey. The Braves followed suit in 1953, and the Reds joined in beginning in 1956. The 1916 Cleveland Indians actually wore a uniform number on their sleeve, but it wasn’t until the ’52 Dodgers that the number made it to the front.
The Giants finish the season third in the NL West, 6 games behind the Dodgers with a record of 89-73. Jack Clark led the Giants at the plate hitting 25 homers and 98 RBI. Vida Blue led the team in wins with a 18-10 record.
1989 Thank goodness, the double knit of the 70’s
and 80’s is over. The S.F. monogram started in 1983 on their road uniforms, and
lasted until 1992. The patch on the left sleeve is “the Battle of the Bay” for
the World Series against the Oakland A’s, (the two sides of the Golden Gate
bridge) this year.
With a 92-70 record, the Giants take the NL West by 3 games over the Padres and face the Chicago Cubs for the NL Pennant. The Giants take the series 4 games to 1 and go on to face the Oakland A’s. The 1989 World Series wasn’t going well for the Giants, they had lost their first 2 games, and before the start of game three an earthquake rocked the Bay Area, causing minor damage to Candlestick Park, but major damage to the surrounding areas. The game was postponed for ten days. The time off didn’t help the Giants at all as the A’s won the next two games to sweep the series.
1999 This Giants home jersey is similar to the 1962
uniform. The script is a little bolder, but the white, black and orange are
still in tact. The patch on the left sleeve is the “Tell it Goodbye” patch. The
team paid its last respects to Candlestick Park that was soon to be torn down.
This would be the last season the Giants would play in Candlestick Park and they would move on to 3Comm Park for the 2000 season. The Giants are led by Barry Bonds who hits 34 homers with 83 RBI, Ellis Burks who hit 31 homers and 96 RBI, J.T. Snow with 24 home runs and 98 RBI, while Jeff Kent hits 23 homers and drives in 101 RBI. The team makes a run for the NL West, but key injuries to Bonds, Burks and Kent slow the team down as they finish in second place behind the Diamondbacks, going 86-76. But then comes 2010. It was a very good year: CONGRATULATIONS CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!!!
The San Francisco Giants: “Orange Is Beautiful”
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