Favorite SF Giants by number, No. 21 - 30
No. 24 Willie Mays
The next couple of numbers will not be surprising. Of course, Mays ran unopposed as his No. 24 has been retired since 1972. He wore that number in a Giants uniform for 21 seasons beginning in 1951.
There is no one quite like Mays. The way he impacted the game on offense and with the glove is unrivaled in baseball history. He appeared in 24 All-Star games, took home 12 Gold Glove awards, and earned two MVP awards. He finished his career with 3,293 hits, 660 home runs, and 1,909 RBI across 23 seasons.
No. 25 Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds ran unopposed as his No. 25 has been retired since 2018. Of course, it has been out of circulation since he "retired" in 2007.
Like Mays, Bonds was such a unique player in baseball history. However, reflecting on his legacy is impossible to do without mentioning his past connections to PED-use. With that being said, he was the greatest player of his era and holds the home run record with 762.
No. 26 Mark Gardner
This one caught me by surprise. Mark Gardner ran against Dave Kingman, John Montefusco, and Bill Swift and he won with 39.6 percent of the vote. Montefusco received 28.3 percent of the vote, so it was a close race.
Gardner spent six of his 13 seasons in a Giants uniform. In that time, he recorded a 58-45 record with a 4.71 ERA. He was never the ace of the rotation, but he was a much-needed workhorse as he made at least 30 appearances in four of his six seasons with San Francisco. His career came to an end after 2001, but he became the Giants bullpen coach in 2003 and held onto that role until 2017.
No. 27 Juan Marichal
Marichal ran unopposed as his No. 27 has been retired since 1975. He pitched for 16 seasons including 14 with the Giants. In a Giants uniform, he registered a 238-140 record with a 2.84 ERA while earning 10 All-Star nods.
The right-handed hurler was known for a lot of things on the mound including his signature leg kick. However, he played a role in reigniting the Dodgers-Giants rivalry that has spanned centuries. In 1965, he got into a physical altercation with Dodgers catcher John Roseboro. Interestingly, Marichal and Roseboro became friends after the altercation.