Franchise Timeline


Suffering the most miserable finish in the team's 20-year history (48-88, 53 1/2 games back), New York still makes a move that would prove to be one of the most significant ever: signing John McGraw as player-manager.

In 1902, New York quickly churned through two managers, both of whom considered shifting emerging star pitcher Christy Mathewson to another position. Owner Andrew Freedman managed to snag the aggressive John McGraw away from the fledging American League's Baltimore Orioles and signed him as player-manager of the Giants in mid-season.


After crushing the rest of the league with a franchise-best 106 victories to capture the National League title, the Giants decline to participate in the newly created World Series because manager John McGraw and owner John Brush consider the American League a minor league.

The 25-year-old right-hander, who had 32 wins in 1905 to register his third straight 30-win season, shut down the Philadelphia Athletics in New York's five-game victory. In the space of six days, he pitched three shutouts and permitted just 14 hits overall.

New York skipper John McGraw didn't have to rely solely on Mathewson to get him the title. He also had Red Ames and Joe McGinnity, who won 22 and 21 games, respectively, during the regular season, in his rotation.

Those two hurlers worked in Game 2, but McGinnity was ticketed with the defeat after surrendering three unearned runs in a 3-0 loss.

Mathewson was staked to a 2-0, first-inning lead in Game 3 and responded by blanking Philadelphia on four hits. First baseman Dan McGann was the Giants' big gun in the 9-0 romp, collecting two singles and a double while driving in four runs.

McGinnity rebounded from his Game 2 defeat to shut out Eddie Plank and Philadelphia in a classic 1-0 pitchers' duel.

But it was Mathewson who got to finish off the job he started when he blanked the Athletics, 2-0, in the fifth and deciding game.

In a Sept. 23 Cubs-Giants game with runners on first and third and two out in the bottom of the ninth, New York's Al Bridwell delivered an apparent game-winning hit. When fans stormed the field, Fred Merkle, who was on first, retreated to the dugout and failed to touch second base. The Cubs eventually retrieved the ball and doubled up Merkle at second. Since order could not be restored, the game was declared a 1-1 tie.

The "Merkle Game" was replayed Oct. 8 with Chicago posting a 4-2 victory. The Cubs advanced to the World Series and defeated Detroit to become the first team to ever win consecutive world championships.