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Giants Past & Present Hardcover – March 15, 2010

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This beautiful coffee table book is set up in a Giants Past & Present format with each chapter examining and comparing the owners, the managers, key players for each position, even the details of the ballparks.  All of this is surrounded by over 200 stunning photographs…a beautifully done history of the Giants franchise. - www.baseballisms.com
Excellent history of one of the great baseball franchises.  The pictures alone make it well worth buying.  Give it to your favorite Dodgers fan!  Go Giants! - rabidreader.typepad.com/the-rabid-reader
Dan Fost is a veteran Bay Area reporter and writer…and his latest work is the wonderful Giants Past & Present, a coffee-table book that pulls off the rare feat of being all at once reverential, thorough, and thoughtful. - www.leftymalo.com
It’s a fascinating look at the Giants from their inception in New York through the present day, offering a bunch of great stories and little-known anecdotes that even the most devoted fans may have never heard before…It’s clear that Fost is a true baseball fan, and his passion for the game comes through in his work. Giants Past & Present is extremely well-researched, and there doesn’t seem to be anything left out that has to do with Giants baseball. - www.goldengategiants.com

About the Author

Dan Fost is a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area whose work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, USA Today, Popular Science, and San Francisco magazine. He has written numerous articles about the San Francisco Giants and is an avid baseball fan. He lives in San Rafael, California.




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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: MVP Books; First edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076033806X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760338063
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,437,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jason Turbow on April 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a lifelong Giants fan, I can legitimately say that this is the book I've been waiting all my life for. (Granted, not enough space was devoted to the mid- to late-70s Giants teams of my youth -- and justifiably so for anyone who didn't grow up watching horrible baseball in San Francisco at that time -- but it's a small oversight in comparison to all the things that were done right within these pages.)

Championship teams? Got 'em.

Great players? Got 'em. (By position, even.)

The origin of the "Say Hey Kid" nickname? It's in there.

Willie McCovey dressed in a horrific orange jersey? Check.

The abundance of both detail and nuance in the text is a complement to the crazy array of classic photos that generously fill each page. From Jim O'Rourke in 1888 to Matt Cain 120 years later, the reproductions in this book are stunning. If I had a coffee table, it would be gracing it right now. As it is, it'll be on my office desk for the foreseeable future, because I can think of no better way to distract myself from actual work than poring through this thing for hours on end.

(Still, Mr. Fost, would it have killed you to have devoted just a little more space to the likes of Mike Ivie and Fred Breining?)
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While I am not a huge baseball fan, I do love my SF Giants! This well-written and highly informational gem recounts the history of the Giants from it's inception in New York back in the late 1800's all the way to their present team at beautiful AT&T park. I enjoyed the way the book is written in short chapters, covering a myriad of topics from Famous Playoffs to Food at the Ballpark! It is an easy read and full of interesting facts and stories that will surprise and inform even the most ardent Giant fan. Dan Fost is an amazing writer and baseball historian and you can just feel his enthusiasm and knowledge about the Giant's coming through in the book.

I highly recommend this book for both young and old baseball fans! Well, maybe not Dodger fans....Ahhh, the rivalry lives on.
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The Giants chit chat void that was missing from my social data base has now been filled, completely. This book is as interesting to look at and experience the colorful history of Giants baseball from east to west coast as it was to educate my (somewhat limited) baseball repertoire. Dan Fost is an excellent writer and his skill at gathering stories to make the legends of Giant history come alive is, well, remarkable. Thank you for publishing such a marvelous, entertaining and educational book.
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I just picked up this book earlier in the week and I love it! Being a huge Giants fan my whole life, it was great to learn more about the history of the Giants, especially the history before 1980. Most of my Giants knowledge/memories come from going to the games when Clark, Bob "Brickwall" Brenly, Matty Williams, and Candy played.

Mr. Fost did a fantastic job in presenting the material that allowed for a quick read all the while allowing a non-sporting history buff like myself to learn more about the greatest moments that made Giants baseball awesome!

I specifically liked how the book breaks down history acording to position. Being a huge Will Clark fan, it was nice to see that "The Thrill" got some space devoted to his brillent Giant's career.

The best part of the book (hands down) is the photos! I especially liked seeing some photos from the past which I had not seen before.

So in a nutshell - I learned some new things, I relived some old memories, and I now have a great sovereign that I plan on passing down to my kids someday!

If you're a Giants fan or know a Giants fan, this is the book to buy whether for yourself or as a gift!
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