San Francisco Giants: 60 Seasons from Worst to Greatest
By Stephen Ruderman
This season, the San Francisco Giants are celebrating their 60th Anniversary in San Francisco, and to commemorate it, I am counting down all 60 seasons from 1958 to 2017 from worst to greatest.
We have seen so much in the City by the Bay over 60 years. We’ve seen many losing seasons, heartbreak, near misses and a tragedy. We also drowned in utter devastation twice as it appeared that the San Francisco Giants would leave for another city.
However, the good has outweighed the bad. The Giants have had 39 winning seasons in San Francisco and 21 losing seasons. We saw many milestones, records, no-hitters, a perfect game and many legendary players.
Eventually, we were finally rewarded with a new ballpark, and a decade later, we were rewarded with three world championships in five years. It was a run that many diehard fans who have loved the team since they first moved to the city in 1958 waited a long time for, and their patience was finally validated
From Seals Stadium to AT&T Park, from the Crazy Crab to the Rally Thong, and from Willy Mays and all of the players in between to Buster Posey, we’re going to relive all of it. Fans may not want to relive some of it, but the memories of the bad seasons and frigid nights at The Stick will be worth it once we get to the unforgettable years of San Francisco Giants Baseball.
The ranking of each season won’t be determined by win-loss records, but by many factors, which include the mood of the season, the chemistry of the clubhouse and specific events. I’m someone who loves spoilers, so you can probably guess which seasons will be the top three.
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I’ll try and post two or three of these a week, and we’ll get started with Number 60, which will be revealed on Monday Night. Again, I love spoilers, so you can probably take a good guess on which year it will be.