1885 was a magical year indeed. It was the year the franchise we know and love today received its humble beginnings in Upper Manhattan, New York, as the New York Giants, following a name and league change from the short lived New York Gothams.
Now home to San Francisco, the Giants are a franchise with a long, and storied history – most notably for their long standing rivalry with the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose franchise began in New York as well, as the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Tied with Boston for the 4th most World Series titles in Major League history (7), the Giants have always been a leader in baseball, as evidenced in the 1905 season when the club won it all for the first time in the second ever World Series, beating out Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics 4-1.
World titles aside, though, the Giants have a unique place in the story of baseball, as the franchise is home to many of the game’s all-time greats. Hall of Famers, MVPs, All-Stars; you name it, the Giants have it.
But with so many prime players to choose from, how do you narrow it down to the Top-10 of all-time?
Here are your top 10 Giants, based on the players:
- Time with the club.
- Career numbers.
- Stats leaders.
- Overall fan reception.