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1959 San Francisco Giants season

1959 San Francisco Giants
Willie McCovey's Rookie Year
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Seals Stadium (since 1958)
  • San Francisco, California (since 1958)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Horace Stoneham
    Manager(s) Bill Rigney
    Local television KTVU(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons)
    Local radio KSFO
    (Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons)
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    The 1959 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 77th year in Major League Baseball and their second year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season. The team finished in third place in the National League with an 83-71 record, 4 games behind the World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. It was the team's second and final season at Seals Stadium before moving their games to Candlestick Park the following season.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    In his major league debut on July 30, Willie McCovey went four-for-four against future Hall-of-Famer Robin Roberts en route to a .354 batting average. McCovey went on to win National League Rookie of the Year honors while playing in just 52 games.

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    Los Angeles Dodgers 88 68 -- .564
    Milwaukee Braves 86 70 2 .551
    San Francisco Giants 83 71 4 .539
    Pittsburgh Pirates 78 76 9 .506
    Chicago Cubs 74 80 13 .481
    Cincinnati Reds 74 80 13 .481
    St. Louis Cardinals 71 83 16 .461
    Philadelphia Phillies 64 90 23 .416

    Opening Day starters

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1959 San Francisco Giants
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    C Landrith, HobieHobie Landrith 109 283 71 .251 3 29

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Rhodes, DustyDusty Rhodes 54 48 9 .188 0 7
    Pagán, JoséJosé Pagán 31 46 8 .174 0 1

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Antonelli, JohnnyJohnny Antonelli 40 282 19 10 3.10 165
    Jones, SamSam Jones 50 270.2 21 15 2.83 209
    Sanford, JackJack Sanford 36 222.1 15 12 3.16 132

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Byerly, BudBud Byerly 11 1 0 0 1.38 4
    Muffett, BillyBilly Muffett 5 0 0 0 5.40 3
    Barclay, CurtCurt Barclay 1 0 0 0 54.00 0

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game (first game) All-Star Game (second game)

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Springfield[8]

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