What makes a hitter legendary?
There's the long ball, clutch timing, consistency and of course, the intangible element of fear your bat instills in every pitcher you face.
The San Francisco Giants are no strangers to sluggers, despite their offensive drought in recent seasons. From the moment the team switched coasts in 1958, they carried with them two of the best hitters in franchise history.
Even in hitting-starved seasons, the immortal batters of San Francisco's past lined the outfield walls and sat atop the back of fans throughout the stadium.
These hitters were hardly secrets. Of the ten listed in the pages that follow, three are in the Cooperstown Hall of Fame and two others may join them in the near future. There may not be any World Series rings to their names, but there are many pennants, division titles and classic games among them.
Here, in order, are the 10 best hitters in the San Francisco era of the Giants.