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Robert Rubino connects current sports news with the past

No. 1 all-time Giants home opener

In a countdown to the 2010 baseball season, Old School blog has running brief descriptions of the most significant home openers in the history of the Oakland A’s and SF Giants. Now we’re down to just one — the most significant home opener in Bay Area big-league history: April 15, 1958, Dodgers at SF. Attendance is standing-room-only 23,448 at Seals Stadium, which had long been a minor-league ballpark. It’s the first major-league game played on the West Coast, featuring teams… Read More »

Top 5 all-time Giants home openers: No. 3

>In a countdown to the 2010 baseball season, Old School blog is running brief descriptions of the most significant home openers in the history of the Oakland A’s and SF Giants — one a day, a total of five for each team. We’ve already done the A’s, and we’re up to No. 3 for the Giants. April 9, 1976. Dodgers at SF. Attendance 37,261. This game might easily have been played in Toronto. The team was sold, the deal was… Read More »

Top 5 all-time Giants home openers: No. 4

In a countdown to the 2010 baseball season, Old School blog is running brief descriptions of the most significant home openers in the history of the Oakland A’s and SF Giants — one a day, a total of five for each team. We’ve already done the A’s. No. 5 was the Giants opener in 2000. Next up: No. 4 April 12, 1993. Florida Marlins at SF. Attendance 56,689. This game might easily have been played in St. Petersburg. The media… Read More »

All-time A’s home openers: No. 2

In a countdown to the 2010 baseball season, Old School blog is running brief descriptions of the most significant home openers in the history of the Oakland A’s and SF Giants — one a day, a total of five for each team. We already started with the A’s, picking the 1981 opener at No. 5, the 2002 opener at No. 4 and this year’s opener at No. 3. Next up: No. 2. April 6, 1973. Twins at Oakland. Attendance 38,207.… Read More »

All-time A’s home openers: No. 3

In a countdown to the 2010 baseball season, Old School blog is running brief descriptions of the most significant home openers in the history of the Oakland A’s and SF Giants — one a day, a total of five for each team. We already started with the A’s, picking the 1981 opener at No. 5 and the 2002 opener at No. 4. Next up: No. 3.  April 5, 2010. Mariners at Oakland. That’s right, this season’s opener is symbolically significant… Read More »