Fifty years ago, the Giants brought the first National League pennant to the Bay Area, and they did it in dramatic fashion — rallying for four runs in the ninth inning of the deciding playoff game to beat the Dodgers.
The very next day, they opened the World Series against the New York Yankees at Candlestick Park. The Series provided more drama, but not a happy ending for the Giants or the their fans. Trailing 1-0 with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7, with runners at second and third, Willie McCovey lined out.
Ten years later, the Oakland Athletics brought the Bay Area its first World Series championship, but not without their own dramatic struggles — a nail-biting win in the deciding playoff game against the Billy Martin-managed Detroit Tigers and then prevailing in a seven-game Fall Classic against the era's NL dynasty, Cincinnati's Big Red Machine.
So now, without further delay, here is "The Great Giants and A's Combined 50th and 40th Anniversary Trivia Quiz." No peeking at the answers below:
1. Among Giants players in 1962, three became big-league managers. Who were they?
2. The third and clinching playoff game against the Dodgers was played on Oct. 3, 1962, 11 years to the date after the N.Y. Giants defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in the third and clinching playoff game for the NL pennant, a game famous for Bobby Thomson's walk-off home run. Of those who were in uniform (for either team) for the 1951 game, who was in uniform for the 1962 game?
3. The Giants starter in Game 1 of the playoff against the Dodgers was the closer in Game 3. Who was he?
4. Which Giant had the highest batting average in the 1962 World Series?
5. The SF starter in Game 1 of the 1962 World Series was the last Giant to pitch in Game 7. Who was he?
6. Who scored the Giants' tying run and their tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning of the final 1962 playoff game against the Dodgers?