The heirs to one of the oldest and grandest names in Major League Baseball, the Giants have delivered some of the most memorable moments in the history of the sport. With 23 league pennants, 8 World Series wins, and a story that spans more than a century and 2 great cities, the team has the kind of record that most can only dream about. Whether you pick up your Giants tickets in San Francisco, New York, or anywhere on the road, the Boys from the Bay can show you what the game can be at its best.
Founded as the New York Gothams in 1883, the team won its first league pennant just 5 years later and went on to become one of the biggest threats in the sport. After famously snubbing the new American League by refusing to play in the 1904 World Series, the Giants did show up the next year, when Christy Mathewson pitched 3 complete shutouts and they won the series in 5 games.
By the mid-1950s, the Giants had been a factor in one of the most memorable plays in the sport, from Fred Merkle’s infamous missed base against the 1908 Chicago Cubs to Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in 1951—giving us Russ Hodges’ famous call as the Giants win the pennant—and Willie Mays’ epic catch in the 1954 World Series.
And yet, years of declining fortunes prompted the team’s move to California in 1958. Despite the the best efforts of players like Mays, Orlando Cepeda, and Willie McCovey, not to mention Barry Bonds and the home-run chase, the Giants would only make it to the World Series twice more before the end of the century and fell short of the title both times. The team marked a half-century on the West Coast with a return to form, winning the title 3 times since 2010 and reclaiming their place as one of Major League Baseball’s great dynasties.
Wherever they take the field, the Giants know how to deliver a terrific experience. The Giants’ oldest rivalries, with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics, are both carried over from the teams’ first homes back east and count among the biggest in baseball. A home game in AT&T Park gives you one of the most beautiful views in sports, making a visit to see the G-Men play one of the best things to do in the Bay Area. There’s nothing quite like tickets to a Giants game if you’re looking for spectacle, history, or just a phenomenal game.