1959 San Francisco Giants season

1959 San Francisco Giants
Willie McCovey's Rookie Year
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Horace Stoneham
General manager(s) Chub Feeney
Manager(s) Bill Rigney
Local television KTVU
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons)
Local radio KSFO
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons, Bill King)
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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 Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 8868 0.564 46–32 42–36
Milwaukee Braves 8670 0.551 2 49–29 37–41
San Francisco Giants 8371 0.539 4 42–35 41–36
Pittsburgh Pirates 7876 0.506 9 47–30 31–46
Chicago Cubs 7480 0.481 13 38–39 36–41
Cincinnati Reds 7480 0.481 13 43–34 31–46
St. Louis Cardinals 7183 0.461 16 42–35 29–48
Philadelphia Phillies 6490 0.416 23 37–40 27–50

Record vs. opponents

1959 National League Records

Sources:
Team CHC CIN LAD MIL PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 9–1311–1110–1210–12–112–1012–1010–12
Cincinnati 13–913–911–119–139–138–1411–11
Los Angeles 11–119–1314–1017–511–1114–812–10
Milwaukee 12–1011–1110–1413–915–7–112–1013–9
Philadelphia 12–10–113–95–179–139–139–137–15
Pittsburgh 10–1213–911–117–15–113–910–1214–8
San Francisco 10–1214–88–1410–1213–912–1016–6
St. Louis 12–1011–1110–129–1315–78–146–16

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
CHobie Landrith10928371.251329

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
Dusty Rhodes54489.18807
José Pagán31468.17401

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
Johnny Antonelli4028219103.10165
Sam Jones50270.221152.83209
Jack Sanford36222.115123.16132

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
Bud Byerly111001.384
Billy Muffett50005.403
Curt Barclay100054.000

Awards and honors

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

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Phoenix Giants Pacific Coast League Red Davis
AA Corpus Christi Giants Texas League Ray Murray
A Springfield Giants Eastern League Andy Gilbert
B Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Roy Partee
C Fresno Giants California League Mike McCormick
C St. Cloud Rox Northern League Richie Klaus
D Michigan City White Caps Midwest League Buddy Kerr
D Hastings Giants Nebraska State League Leo Schrall
D Artesia Giants Sophomore League Jodie Phipps

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Springfield[8]

Notes

References

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