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About the Author

Brian Murphy is the co-host of the popular Murph and Mac morning radio show on KNBR 680 in San Francisco. Prior to his work as a radio personality Murphy spent seven years as a 49ers beat writer for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and San Francisco Chronicle. Additionally, he has authored several books, including Never. Say. Die.: The San Francisco Giants—2012 World Series Champions; The Last Putt: Two Teams, One Dream, and a Freshman Named Tiger; Worth the Wait; and San Francisco Giants: 50 Years. He lives in Mill Valley, California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions (June 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933784520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933784526
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.5 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I just received this book as a gift, and I could not put it down. I've been a Giants fan since 1968. My favorite memories include The Say Hey kid Willie Mays, Juan Marichal's high leg kick, Willie McCovey stretching at 1st base and hitting monster HR's, Tito Fuentes bat flip at home plate, etc. This book captures all of those moments and a whole lot more. There are rarely seen photo's(over a thousand), and interesting quotes from former and current team personel. My 6 year old daughter even enjoyed looking at all of the photo's, and listening to her dad's stories of some of his favorite Giants. There is also an audio CD included in the book with selected highlights from the past 50 years. I would highly recommend giving this book as a Father's Day or Birthday gift for your favorite SF Giants fan. It will be the favorite gift of whomever is on the receiving end!
GO GIANTS!
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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 50 YEARS BY BRIAN MURPHY: As only a recent fan of the San Francisco Giants, I know of the 2002 World Series defeat, Barry Bonds's race to reach and beat Hank Aaron's homerun record, and the young and magnificent arm of the 22 year-old pitcher Tim Lincecum. I know the names of the great Giants like Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and Juan Marichal; but the period from the 1958 move of the New York Giants to San Francisco up to the end of the 1990s is a time I know little ...more SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 50 YEARS BY BRIAN MURPHY: As only a recent fan of the San Francisco Giants, I know of the 2002 World Series defeat, Barry Bonds's race to reach and beat Hank Aaron's homerun record, and the young and magnificent arm of the 22 year-old pitcher Tim Lincecum. I know the names of the great Giants like Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and Juan Marichal; but the period from the 1958 move of the New York Giants to San Francisco up to the end of the 1990s is a time I know little about. Thankfully 2008 is the fiftieth anniversary of the San Francisco Giants, and to commemorate it a beautiful book has been published, written by Brian Murphy (a host for the KNBR sports radio station), celebrating the fifty years of San Francisco baseball history with the Giants.

The cover of San Francisco Giants: 50 Years captures the book perfectly with a split picture: on the top is Seals stadium, formerly a place for minor league baseball, it was where the new San Francisco Giants played their first games; at the bottom is the breathtaking AT&T Park, where the Giants currently reside. A foreword from longtime fan Danny Glover takes the reader back to moments in Glover's history as a little boy watching the greats play as Giants.
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I'm enjoying reading this book--it's not just about the photographs! I particularly enjoyed the background stories of Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow, and Jon Miller, and how the Giants went through the Candlestick "experience" until new owners got AT&T Park built with private financing. I have not followed Giants players' averages, etc., through the years, but this book helps me understand more of the history of the S.F. Giants, which is what I wanted.
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If your a loyal S.F. Giants lover, you'll need to get this fantastic history book. (with simply great pictures) It covers the Giants days at the old S.F. Seals ball park at 16th and Bryant. I use to get there on the Muni for I think 5 or 10 cents each way. But more than a fan gem, it covers the Giants MLB history like no other book. A great gift, should be displayed on a coffee table etc., etc.
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Gave this to my son, a big SF Giants fan, as a gift and he absolutely loved it. Book covers a lot of ground (history of the SF franchise) and is well illustrated with many pictures, some of which are apparently somewhat rare. Good book at a fair price.
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Format: Hardcover
Great historical book on the Giants. The book features a vast amount of great photographs. If you are looking for a pictorial book -- this is it. The book is so large that the binding is questionable. The pages on the first book, I had, actually came apart from it cover. Amazon quickly replaced it - no problems there. I am worried it will happen again as the weight of the pages seem to overpower the binding. Otherwise Great Book.
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Gave this book to my grandfather who has been a Giants fan his whole life and he loves that it lists the starting line-ups for every year the giants have been in San Francisco. It is a good gift for any long time giants fan and anyone who wants to learn more about Giants history. It is a pretty big book and filled with lots of pictures.
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My siblings and I bought this for our dad for father's day and he was really happy with it.

One of the neat aspects to it is team photos and lists of the team players during specific years.
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