The last time The Giants won the Series they were playing in New York and Willie Mays (below) was their star player. In 1954 Eisenhower was President and Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of Great Britain. The top television show in the USA was "I Love Lucy" with Lucille Ball and her bandleader husband Desi Arnez. Ernest Hemingway won the Nobel Prize that year for his novella "The Old Man and the Sea" and other great works. And gasoline was only 21 cents a gallon at the pumps in the 48 states of the Union!
They have gone to the World Series four times since they moved the franchise to San Francisco. The were eliminated twice in the Seventh and final games in 1962 and 2002. But this time they won it all in a 3-1 victory in the fifth game, a win fueled by a great double-digit strike out performance by Tim Lincecum and a game-breaking three run home run by the old man of the team, Edgar Renteria!
It was about 42 years since my dad took me to Candlestick Park to see Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry face the Atlanta Braves in a regular season game. The game tonight--and that final strikeout by ace "closer" Brian Wilson was a great moment for me and millions of Giants fans! Whether this was their first year as a fan of the team of their 56th, this is a very sweet night for the fans of the Orange and Black!