Magowan said his memory of the Giants and Dodgers leaving New York in the 1950s prompted his efforts to keep the team in San Francisco.I've criticized the guy before, but you gotta give him his due. He kept the Giants in San Francisco (and if he didn't, there wouldn't be any Rays today) and he made a splash by bringing in Bonds, which helped build momentum for a sweet stadium which the Giants paid for themselves. While it's easy for wiseasses like me to slag on the Giants' recent performance and decisions, anyone who remembers watching midseason games from Candlestick (50 degrees, windy, 1,282 fans) can attest to the fact that baseball in San Francisco is better off for having Pete Magowan around the past 15 years.
“I remember the very negative, traumatic effect that losing the Giants and Dodgers had on the community in New York. These were two of the most famous teams in baseball. The Giants won the World Series in ’54, the Dodgers in ’55 and two years later they were gone. … I saw the same thing happening in San Francisco.”
Friday, November 14, 2008
San Francisco's Business Times profiles the life and accomplishments of outgoing Giants' chief Peter Magowan: