Giants Win, Giants Win

» 03 November 2012 » In nichibei, npb »

So, baseball in 2012 has come to an end (aside from the winter leagues and whatever daigaku yakyu remains this autumn). Both MLB’s and NPB’s Giants came out on top, with Yomiuri’s Kyojin-gun closing out the Nippon Series against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 3rd. The San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers last week.

Normally I would write something about the Nippon Series around this time of year. I watched it this year but was too frequently disrupted to generate any decent level of insight into the series. So, I point you to the very capable Jason Coskrey and his article on how the series wrapped up.

In lieu of deep analysis, today I turn to trivia. This year was the first time that the Giants on both sides of the Pacific won their league championships, but it’s not the first time they’ve played for titles in the same season. Of course, Yomiuri is in the Nippon Series often enough that that’s not much of a coincidence. And here they are:

  • 2002: San Francisco lost 4-3 to Anaheim; Yomiuri swept Seibu. San Francisco’s Tsuyoshi Shinjo became the first Japanese player to appear in a World Series, while Yomiuri’s winner featured future MLBers Hideki Matsui, Koji Uehara and Hisanori Takahashi.
  • 1989: In a World Series remembered mainly for being disrupted by the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake, San Francisco was swept by their Bay Area rival Oakland A’s. On the other side of the Pacific, Kintetsu took Yomiuri to seven games, but the Giants ultimately prevailed. Incidentally, former Pittsburgh Pirate Masumi Kuwata was in the prime of his career with Yomiuri at this point.
  • 1951: The New York Giants’ 1951 are probably best remembered for Bobby Thomson’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World which got them in to the World Series, where they lost to the Yankees 4-2 in Joe Dimaggio’s final Series appearance. Meanwhile in Japan, Yomiuri played the old Nankai Hawks in the second Nippon Series ever stage. Yomiuri won in five games, their first of 22 Nippon Series wins.


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  1. Patrick
    04/11/2012 at 8:56 am Permalink

    Giants actually lost in 7 to the Angels in 2002, not 5.

    In winning in 1989, Yomiuri came back from being down 3-0 in the Series to beat the Buffaloes. I know that’s happened at least one other time in Japan (1958) but it’s only happened in the 2004 ALCS in the US, not the World Series.

  2. Patrick
    04/11/2012 at 12:16 pm Permalink

    Duly corrected. Thanks for the catch.

  3. Patrick
    08/11/2012 at 4:38 am Permalink

    FYI, the New York Football Giants won the Super Bowl earlier in 2012.

    And for those keeping track, the Yomiuri Giants beat the Fighters on November 7, 2009 and the San Francisco Giants won within a year on November 1, 2010