Parade Welcomes the Giants to San Francisco
Giants move to San Francisco in 1957
The New York Giants were seeking a new stadium to replace the crumbling Polo Grounds. Attendance was falling, the team was playing poorly, and Minneapolis was seriously courting them. At the same time, the Dodgers were being courted by Los Angeles and major league baseball would not allow the move unless another team located to the west coast. Dodgers' owner Walter O'Malley helped convince Giants’ owner Horace Stoneham to make the move. The Giants played in Seals Stadium for the first two seasons. Orlando Cepeda won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1958 and Willie McCovey won the award the next season.
Quarterback Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers
Very few 17th round draft picks have had as successful careers in the NFL as Bart Starr, who was selected in that round of the 1956 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Starr played quarterback for the Packers for 16 seasons, leading Vince Lombardi’s team to titles in 1961 and 1962 and to victories in the first two Super Bowls. Bart Starr was named the MVP of both of those Super Bowls and was also the NFL’s MVP for the 1966 season. Starr was known as a clutch performer, going 9-1 in the postseason and possessing the 2nd highest postseason passer rating of all-time (behind only fellow Packer Aaron Rodgers). He was a four time Pro Bowl Selection during his career which extended to 1971. Bart Starr was elected to Pro Football’s Hall of Fame in 1977 and has his uniform # 15 retired by the Packers.
1949 Pennant Races in the American League and National League
In what is remembered as one of baseball’s all-time classic pennant races, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, long-time bitter rivals, battled down to the last day to determine the American League pennant. Yankee star Joe DiMaggio made a dramatic return to the lineup after missing several weeks due to illness for the final showdown – a two game season ending series in Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox led the Yankees by 1 game, therefore, needed to only win one of the final two games to clinch the pennant. The Yankees fell behind 4-0 in the first game, but came back to win 5-4. Then, in a “winner-take-all” finale, the Yankees won 5-3 to win the pennant. While this race has been fondly remembered by baseball fans in the years since, it is often forgotten that the National League race also came down to the final day as well. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in extra innings on the final day of the season to clinch the NL pennant by 1 game over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Yankees went on to defeat the Dodgers in the Fall Classic, the Yankees’ first of five consecutive World Series Titles.