These Giants cast a big shadow over the ball diamond. San Francisco Baseball Associates owns and operates Major League Baseball franchise the San Francisco Giants. Formed by John Day and Jim Mutrie as the New York Gothams in 1883 (the Giants moniker was applied two years later), the team has won 21 National League pennants and six World Series titles, the last in 2010. Horace Stoneham moved the team to the Bay Area in 1958. San Francisco's roster has included such Hall of Fame players as Willie Mays, Mel Ott, and Gaylord Perry. The team plays host at AT&T Park near downtown San Francisco. Bill Neukom took over as managing general partner from Peter Magowan in 2008.
The Giants ended a playoff drought by winning the National League pennant in 2010, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS to advance to a World Series engagement with the Texas Rangers. San Francisco made quick work of the American League champions, dispatching the Rangers convincingly (four games to one) and winning the franchise's first World Series championship since 1954 (when the team was still in New York).
The team brought in Bruce Bochy as manager for the 2007 season, replacing Felipe Alou after four years. Bochy's first season commanding the dugout was also the final season for player Barry Bonds. One of more popular, and controversial, Giants players the past several years, Bonds set the single season home run record (73) in 2001 and broke Hank Aaron's record of 755 career homers in 2007. However, allegations that Bonds had used steroids clouded his achievements on the field; the Giants released the star outfielder after the 2007 season. Bochy was still in charge of the team during the memorable championship run in 2010.
Magowan, who led an investment group to purchase the Giants in 1993, retired from baseball ownership at the conclusion of the 2008 season. He famously led the construction of the team's new ballpark, originally named Pacific Bell Park, without the aid of public funds. The grandson of Merrill Lynch co-founder Charles Merrill, Magowan served as chairman of grocery store chain Safeway prior to acquiring control of the Giants. – less