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1930

With baseball experiencing an offensive explosion (the National League batted .303 for the season), the Giants' .319 team average sets a baseball record. Bill Terry establishes a franchise record with a .401 average, making him the last National Leaguer to hit .400 or better. He also sets a franchise record and ties for the league lead with 254 hits. The team, however, finishes five games back in third place.

1932

John McGraw's reign as the Giants' skipper comes to an end, as the frustrated and ailing manager steps down in June. He turns the team over to first baseman Bill Terry, who would manage the team for the next 10 years.

1933

The dead ball is introduced, and pitching propels the Giants to another world championship. "King Carl" Hubbell wins the NL MVP as the anchor of a staff that includes four pitchers with at least 13 wins.

New York, in its first full season under new manager Bill Terry, won the National League pennant on the strong pitching of "King Carl" Hubbell and Hal Schumacher. Hubbell twice pitched one half of a doubleheader shutout during the season and established the franchise record with 46 1/3 consecutive shutout innings. A year later, in the 1934 All-Star Game, he would strike out five future Hall of Famers in a row.

Hubbell, the second winningest pitcher in Giants history, struck out 10 and didn't allow an earned run in the 4-2 victory. Outfielder Mel Ott accounted for three of New York's four runs with his two-run home run and RBI single. Schumacher followed Hubbell's lead and allowed only a solo home run in the Giants' 6-1 Game 2 victory.

The good pitching turned on the Giants in Game 3 as Washington's Earl Whitehill tossed a five-hit shutout to give the Senators a 4-0 victory.

Hubbell, who led the National League with 23 wins, carried a 1-1 game into the 10th inning when the Giants edged ahead on third baseman Travis Jackson's bunt single, a sacrifice and shortstop Blondy Ryan's single. King Carl escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom half of the inning with a double play to preserve New York's 2-1 victory.

Schumacher helped himself offensively in the Game 5 with his two-run single in the second inning. The 43-year-old reliever Dolph Luque took over a 3-3 game and worked the final 4 1/3 innings to get the Giants in position to win. Ott took care of the offense when he drilled a solo blast into the center-field stands at Griffith Stadium in the top of the 10th inning to give New York a 4-3 victory.

The Giants locked horns with their crosstown rivals, the Yankees, in the Fall Classic for the fifth time after winning the National League flag by a five-game margin.

The Yankees, who were without Babe Ruth but had Joe DiMaggio, captured the Series in six games to start a run that saw them win 16 of the next 27 world championships.

The National Leaguers' victory in Game 1 snapped a 12-game winning streak owned by the Yankees in World Series action.

The Yankees went on to win each of the next three games, outscoring the Giants by a cumulative 25-7 count.

Staving off elimination, the Giants scored a 5-4, 10-inning victory in Game 5. Manager Bill Terry, playing in the next-to-last game of his playing career, drove in the game-winner with a sacrifice fly.

The American Leaguers finished off the Polo Grounds tenants in Game 6 as they pounded out 17 hits en route their Series-clinching 13-5 victory.

1937

Bill Terry drops the player part of his player-manager title and leads the Giants against the Yankees in the fifth all-New York World Series. Carl Hubbell, who won his last 16 decisions the previous year, strings together eight more wins for a record 24 straight victories.

The two New York teams squared off once again in the Fall Classic, but the Yankees' offensive firepower proved to be too much for the Giants as the American League took home the title in a five-game series.

The Giants, who boasted two 20-game winners in Carl Hubbell and rookie Cliff Melton, only had one big bat to combat the Yankees arsenal. Mel Ott clubbed 31 home runs and drove in 95 runs.

However, that was no match for the Yankees' lineup that had five different 100-RBI men in Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Tony Lazzeri, Bill Dickey and George Selkirk.

Hubbell was once again the Giants' Game 1 starter and was coasting along with a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth. Then the Yankees produced one of their vaunted big-run innings, posting a six-run frame. The American Leaguers went on to post the 8-1 victory.

It was much of the same in Games 2 and 3 and the Yankees posted 8-1 and 5-1 triumphs, respectively.

The Giants turned the tables in Game 4 as they plated six runs in the second inning, with the big blows coming from center fielder Hank Leiber. He opened the frame with a single and scored before capping off the rally with a two-run single. The National Leaguers had Hubbell on the hill and he shut down the Yankees on six hits for the 7-3 victory.

The Yankees captured their second straight title with a 4-2 win in the fifth contest.