::San Francisco Giants


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The San Francisco Giants are an American professional baseball franchise based in San Francisco, California. Originally known as the New York Gothams, the team moved to San Francisco in 1958. The Giants compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League (NL) West division.

As one of the longest-established professional baseball teams, the franchise has won the most games of any team in the history of American baseball,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and any North American professional sports team.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} The team was the first major league team based in New York City, most memorably playing at the legendary Polo Grounds. They have won 23 National League pennants and appeared in 20 World Series competitions – both records in the National League. The Giants' eight World Series Championships rank second in the National League and are tied for fourth overall (New York Yankees are first with 27, then the St. Louis Cardinals with 11, the Oakland Athletics with 9, and the Boston Red Sox also with 8). The Giants have played in the World Series 20 times (14 times in New York, six in San Francisco) but boycotted the event in 1904.

Playing as the New York Giants, they won 14 pennants and five World Series championships behind managers such as John McGraw and Bill Terry and players like Christy Mathewson, Carl Hubbell, Mel Ott, Bobby Thomson, and Willie Mays. The Giants' franchise has the most Hall of Fame players in all of professional baseball.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The Giants' rivalry with the Dodgers is one of the longest-standing and biggest rivalries in American sports.<ref name="Baseball's top 10 rivalries">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> The teams began their rivalry as the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, respectively, before both franchises moved west for the 1958 season.

The Giants have won six pennants and three World Series championships since arriving in San Francisco. Those three championships have come in 2010, 2012, and most recently in 2014, having defeated the Kansas City Royals four games to three during the 2014 World Series.<ref name="Huffington Post">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="New York Times">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

San Francisco Giants sections
Intro  Franchise history  Rivalries  Baseball Hall of Famers  San Francisco Giants Wall of Famers  Retired numbers  Team captains  Season records  Current roster  Minor league affiliations  Radio and television  See also  References  External links  

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