Only the Cincinnati Reds have a longer history in professional baseball than the Giants. In the 19th century, the Giants called New York their home. In the 1880s they fielded one of the greatest teams of the era. In the first three decades of the 20th century, the franchise won several National League pennants, and enjoyed four separate dynastic periods.
Today, the Giants are on the left coast, where they continue a rivalry with the Dodgers, who also once called New York their home.
In this article we select an all-time team for one of the oldest and most successful franchises in Major League Baseball. This team consists of 28 players, 16 position players, and 12 pitchers.
SHORTSTOP: Travis Jackson, Brandon Crawford
LEFT FIELD: Barry Bonds
CENTER FIELD: Willie Mays
DESIGNATED HITTER: Willie McCovey
STARTING PITCHERS: Christy Mathewson, Carl Hubbell, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Madison Bumgarner
RELIEF PITCHERS: Hoyt Wilhelm, Robb Nen, Rod Beck, Sergio Romo, Stu Miller, Craig Lefferts, Gary Lavelle
How about that outfield? Heck, how about that lineup? Here’s our choice for an all-time Giants lineup:
- Frisch, 2B
- Bonds, LF
- Mays, CF
- McCovey, DH
- Ott, RF
- Clark, 1B
- Williams, 3B
- Posey, 3B
- Crawford, SS
Five Hall of Famers are featured on the pitching staff: Mathewson, Hubbell, Marichal, Perry, and Wilhelm out of the pen.
What are your choices for the greatest Giants and all-time team? Tell us in the comments below.