Two new articles in Gentry magazine by author/historian Steven Travers focus on the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants’ ownership group, and pitcher Tim Lincecum.
THE GIANTS’ POWER HITTER
The Giants' franchise is synonymous with the history of baseball, going back to its Elysian Fields beginnings in New York City. In 1888 they were owned by an unlikely fellow named Jim Mutrie, who may or may not have gazed upon his charges and, admiring them earn victory, called them “my giants.” This may or may not have resulted in a game story in The World, which may or may not have been written by a P.J. Donahue, which may or may not be the first reference to the New York National League baseball club as the “Giants.”
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The man most identified in the media - with Magowan gone - is Baer, who has earned his way to the top of an egalitarian organization with skill and smarts. He is a City native, Cal graduate and one-time “announcer” for the Oakland A's when Finley was such a cheapskate he used the university radio station to “broadcast” A's games, barely reaching Berkeley city limits. Baer was Moneyball before the book or movie. He went to Harvard Business School. It was his skills in this area that first helped him form the ownership group saving the club from Tampa in 1992-93.
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Pitching is an art. There may not be another position in another sport at another level of competition more delicate, more prone to physical malady, psychological malfunction, confidence (the pitchers', his manager, his teammates, the fans, the press), or the simple game-of-inches factor of aerodynamics, than pitching day in and day out to big league hitters. The pitcher is part test pilot, part high wire act, part mental patient.
The average fan does not have a clue about any of this. He pays his money and watches the games expecting out of his favored teams' pitchers the same thing he expects out of running backs, quarterbacks, power forwards, goalies, milers, and shortstops. Only if you have pitched, faced the toughest competition, experienced the rigors of the pitching craft, can you truly understand just how great the best of the best are. A Christy Mathewson, a Bob Feller, a Tom Seaver and, for a few years at least, a Tim Lincecum.
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Steven Travers is a USC graduate and ex-pro baseball player who is the author of 20 books, including One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed a Nation and The Poet: The Life and Los Angeles Times of Jim Murray. His web page is http://redroom.com/member/steven-robert-travers and he can be reached at USCSTEVE1@aol.com.
Causes Steven Travers Supports
Conservative, Christian, USC, American patriotism