Whether in New York or San Francisco, the Giants have always played a prominent role in the history of the home run.
Barry Bonds is the all-time career home leader after belting 73 in 2001 to set the single-season record. He hit the bulk of them in the heart of the steroids era, but still thrilled fans across the country who were largely unaware of the controversy that would unfold later.
Willie Mays and Willie McCovey rank among the all-time career home run leaders, as does New York Giants legend Mel Ott. The three Hall of Famers hit many big home runs, but ranking them and the other memorable blasts in club history required more than a check of the record books.
The five most important home runs in Giants history will remind fans of some of the most thrilling games and pennant races in history. Moreover, the elite quintet of circuit clouts capture the memory of the Giants in time of victory -- and most came interspersed with seasons of heartbreak that have followed their last world championship in 1954.
Bonds, Mays, McCovey and other elite sluggers are recalled here. The five most important home runs in Giants history, though, tell a story of the team's history and features superstars and the most unlikely heroes.
Every Giants fan could find five important home runs without every even considering the five listed here. The selection process is, obviously, subjective. The list of five unforgettable homers here, though, comes with a brief explanation of their time and place in Giants history -- as well as look at what made them most important.