The Giants won the National League title in a three-game playoff over their rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, in 1951. The Giants won the series 2-1 via to Bobby Thomson's walk-off home run in Game 3, which became known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World." New York City has been waiting for a winner since—and hasn't slept well since.
The 1951 season was also notable for being the only one during which Willie Mays played all 160 games at center field. The previous year, he had started only 40 out of 152 possible games due to injury.
In any case, the Giants were defeated in the first game of the playoffs by the eventual world champion New York Yankees. However, they came back to defeat the Dodgers in Game 3 and capture their second straight National League crown.
This is also the only time that the Brooklyn Dodgers have not held at least a share of the National League championship.
Following this victory, the Giants went on to lose the World Series to the Yankee Yankees in seven games. However, this loss is now regarded as one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
Before this season, the 1951 New York Giants are considered one of the best teams in National League history. Going into this season, many consider them to be among the top five or ten teams of all time.
Season. The National League championship was won by the Brooklyn Dodgers, who defeated the Milwaukee Braves. In the World Series, the Dodgers played the New York Yankees once more. This time, they were defeated in seven games, one of which was a perfect game by Don Larsen of the New York Yankees. This is the only world series ever won by the same team twice.
The Brooklyn Dodgers were founded in 1883 by Charles E. Faust and William H. Heffernan as the Baltimore Orioles. They moved to New York City in 1891 and changed their name to the New York Baseball Club. In 1892, they merged with a local club called the Gothams to form the New York Giants. In 1957, the Giants moved to San Francisco where they remain today. The Dodgers then relocated to Los Angeles where they have remained since 1958.
The New York Yankees are one of the most successful franchises in baseball history, having won over 10 million fans worldwide. They are also the only team to have ever beaten the Dodgers in the World Series three times in a row.
However, the Giants won their last seven games, and the Dodgers needed to beat the Phillies in the final game of the season to force a playoff, which they accomplished by winning 9-8 in 14 innings, leaving both teams with 96-58 records. The winner would advance to the World Series against the New York Yankees, who had a better record (97-55).
The Yankees were in first place going into the season's final week of play, but they lost four out of five games during that period, including two to the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Yankees finished second behind the Dodgers, who went on to face them in the World Series. In addition to the Yankees-Dodgers series, other major league games included: Boston Braves at Chicago White Sox (Braves win 4-3); Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies (Reds win 3-1); and Brooklyn Dodgers at New York Giants (Giants win 7-4).
In the final game of the season, played on October 2, 1951, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York, the Dodgers trailed the Giants 5-4 after eight innings. But in the ninth, their bats came alive as they scored six runs to take home the pennant by one game over the Giants. First base umpire Bill McGowan called Mickey Owen out at first base on a close play at the plate.
They were on the verge of losing their division lead, and they didn't play their regular style of baseball, but they won three straight to end the week and have now led the NL West for 61 days. They're the first team in MLB history to reach the 60-day mark with a lead over every other team in its division.
The last time the Giants were in first place at this point of the season was back in '07 when they went 89-73. They lost four of five down the stretch then fell off dramatically in '08 when they finished third in the NL West with 79 wins. Last year at this point they were also leading their division by a wide margin (10 games) before fading down the stretch again with just 69 wins.
So far this season they're playing better ball than they did last year and are coming off a series win over Arizona. The Giants have won 11 of their past 12 games and are trying to become the first team since the 1907 Chicago White Sox to win their division after leading it from day one. If they do so, they'll be heading to Oakland for an opening round playoff matchup with the A's.
Giants co-owner John Henry said earlier this month that winning the division is the goal now. "We're going into September leading our division by a lot," he said.
The Giants' run lasted 530 regular-season games and 25 playoff appearances, and it began on Oct. 1, 2010, the same year the Giants won their first of three World Series in the decade. The run came to an end against the Cleveland Indians, who had a 455-game sellout stretch from June 12, 1995, to April 4, 2001. The Giants played before a home crowd for only the third time since their new stadium opened; the previous two occasions were in 1951 (when they lost 2-1 to the Brooklyn Dodgers) and 1992 (when they defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-5).
The longest current active sellout streak is at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens are on track to beat the 49ers' record of five consecutive season openers. Both teams have sold out every game this year with one left to play. The Giants used to be in that position until late in 2017 when they skipped a game against the San Francisco 49ers to protest some rule changes by the NFL. They ended up losing that game and dropping down to 8-8.
After that disappointing finish, they started the 2018 season with a few less fans in attendance. According to research conducted by the Giants, they drew 50,044 people per game, which was about 2,000 fewer than expected. This marked the first time since 2008 that the team didn't receive a boost from being involved in a playoff race.