San Francisco Giants:One Hit Wonders (Part One)

By Gary Oversen
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Dec 23, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; General view of Candlestick Park exterior before the NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Doyle Alexander

A December trade with the Atlanta Braves brought Doyle Alexander to San Francisco for John Montefusco and Craig Landis. Alexander was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and already involved in three trades prior to coming to the Giants.

He would also come to be known for the man who was traded to the Detroit Tigers late in his career, for John Smoltz. He had a good, no great, finish to that season going 9-0 down the stretch. But Smoltz went on to become a Hall of Famer.

In his lone season with the Giants, in 1981, Alexander went 11-7. Not an amazing win-loss record, but he sported a 2.89 ERA, in only 24 games. That same year, Vida Blue was 8-6 in limited action, so Alexander would be considered the ace.

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