Giants Past & Present
By Dan Fost
(MVP Books, Hardcover, 9780760338063, 144pp.)
Publication Date: April 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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With a history that straddles two coasts and more than a century of winning, the Giants baseball club stands out as one of the great franchises of professional sports. The organization boasts more Hall of Fame inductees than any other baseball team, as well as twenty National League pennants gathered over nine different decades. From McGraw and Mathewson to Mays and Marichal, Hubbell and Ott to Sandoval and Lincecum, the Giants have been bringing excitement and drama to the diamond for generations. Giants Past & Present goes around the horn to celebrate the legends at each position on the field—from the little-remembered stars of the nineteenth century to the heroes of tomorrow--and visits the memorable and distinctive ballparks that have housed the team on two ends of the continent. The book presents the players, dugout and front-office wizards, voices from the broadcast booth, hard-luck heroes, ballparks, and myriad rites of spring that keep fans coming back year after year.
Dan Fost is a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area whose work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, USA Today, Popular Science, and San Francisco magazine. He has written numerous articles about the San Francisco Giants and is an avid baseball fan. He lives in San Rafael, California.
This beautiful coffee table book is set up in a Giants Past & Present format with each chapter examining and comparing the owners, the managers, key players for each position, even the details of the ballparks. All of this is surrounded by over 200 stunning photographs…a beautifully done history of the Giants franchise.
Excellent history of one of the great baseball franchises. The pictures alone make it well worth buying. Give it to your favorite Dodgers fan! Go Giants!
Dan Fost is a veteran Bay Area reporter and writer…and his latest work is the wonderful Giants Past & Present, a coffee-table book that pulls off the rare feat of being all at once reverential, thorough, and thoughtful.
It’s a fascinating look at the Giants from their inception in New York through the present day, offering a bunch of great stories and little-known anecdotes that even the most devoted fans may have never heard before…It’s clear that Fost is a true baseball fan, and his passion for the game comes through in his work. Giants Past & Present is extremely well-researched, and there doesn’t seem to be anything left out that has to do with Giants baseball.