Writing this kind of article is always fun for me. There have been many great Giants throughout its storied history. Now most fans of the San Francisco Giants would stick with the obvious characters, like Willie Mays and Barry Bonds, myself included, but it's the rest of the lineup that may catch you by surprise. It's a lineup filled with Hall of Famers and World Series champions.
Hitting leadoff is the Giants career leader in average, the last National League player to hit .400, a great defensive first baseman and a Hall of Famer. Any guesses? Well, at the top of my lineup is Bill Terry.
Batting second is a slick fielding shortstop born in 1870 and a career .332 hitter for the Giants and his name was George Davis.
In the third spot is none other than the greatest all around baseball player in history, Willie Mays. Need I say more?
The cleanup hitter is only the career leader in home runs. I don't care whether Barry Bonds took steroids or not, he still had more knocks than anyone, plus his .312 average ranks ninth all-time for the Giants. Barry will, of course, play left.
My right fielder and hitting in the five hole owns the third best career batting average at .322 and was known for his superb defense and consistent hitting. He was only 30-years-old when he passed away of a kidney disease. No all-time Giants team is complete without Ross Youngs.
Now that the outfield is complete, I need to turn toward the infield. At second base and hitting sixth is Frankie Frisch. My sentimental favorites are Robby Thompson or Tito Fuentes, but this is a story about an all-time team, not your favorite ball players. Frankie's stats speak for themselves, career .321 hitter for the Giants, Hall of Famer. Sorry Robby and Tito, love ya, but Frankie's the starter.
When was the last time anyone referred to Frederick Charles Lindstrom? My seventh hitter and third baseman has the Giants seventh best batting average of all time, is another gamer in the Hall of Fame, and at the age of 18, he was the youngest player ever to play in a World Series.
I wonder how many friends you have today with the nickname, "Shanty." My catcher is the one and only Shanty Hogan. He only played five seasons with the Giants, but they were the best of his career.
Again, my heart bleeds for Juan Marichal or Tim Lincecum, but when it's all said and done, the guy I want batting ninth and pitching is Christy Mathewson. Three hundred and 72 career wins is just sick. I'm only sorry I never got to see him play. He must've been lights out and a helluva lot of fun to watch pitch against the Dodgers.
So there you have it sports fans, my all time Giants lineup. Here's the lineup card for posterity:
1. Bill Terry, 1B
2. George Davis, SS
3. Willie Mays, CF
4. Barry Bonds, LF
5. Ross Youngs, RF
6. Frankie Frisch, 2B
7. Fred Lindstrom, 3B
8. Shanty Hogan, C
9. Christy Mathewson, P