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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Top 10 San Francisco Giants of All Time

Top 10 San Francisco Giants of All Time

Ranking the top 10 Giants of All-Time!
Publish Date: 02/12/2023
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

Counting down the top 10 San Francisco Giants of all time. Active players are not eligible.

10) Will Clark

He was second in MVP voting in 1989 and made five all-star appearances for San Fran. He hit as many as 35 home runs in a single season and had three seasons of 100+ RBI.

Video:

“ThrillMania” | SF Giants In-Park Tribute to Will Clark | Narrated by Mike Krukow

9) Gaylord Perry

Perry was a Giant for a decade and had solid numbers for that decade with a solid 2.96 ERA with 134 wins, 21 shutouts, and a 6.3 SO/9 ratio in more than 2,200 IP.

Video: 1968-09-17 Cardinals at Giants (Gaylord Perry No-Hitter)

1968-09-17 Cardinals at Giants (Gaylord Perry No-Hitter)

8) Tim Lincecum

Lincecum won 2 Cy Youngs in his first two full seasons, and he is still the only pitcher to ever do that. He appeared in four straight all-star games from 2008-11. Lincecum also pitched no-hitters in 2013 and 2014. Lincecum won World Series rings with the Giants in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Video: Tim Lincecum Ultimate Career Highlights

Tim Lincecum Ultimate Career Highlights “The Freak”

7) Orlando Cepeda

Cepeda won rookie of the year in 1958 and spent 9 seasons with the Giants.  Cepeda won the rookie of the year award as a Giant in 1959. As a Giant the career stats are impressive a 308 average and nearly 1,300 hits, 200+ home runs, and 750+ RBIs.

Video: Orlando Cepeda Baseball Career Highlights

Orlando Cepeda Baseball Career Highlights

6) Juan Marichal

Juan’s impressive career record of 3.3 strikeouts per walk leads the Giants; he also holds San Francisco’s record for wins and is at, or around, the top of nearly every pitching category in Giants history.

Video: Juan Marichal had one of the most LEGENDARY wind-ups! (10-time All Star and Hall of Fame pitcher)

Juan Marichal had one of the most LEGENDARY wind-ups! (10-time All Star and Hall of Fame pitcher)

5) Mel Ott

Ott led the National League in home runs a then-record six times. He was an All-Star for 11 consecutive seasons. In his 22-season career, Ott batted .304 with 511 home runs, 1,860 RBIs, 1,859 runs, 2,876 hits, 488 doubles, 72 triples, 89 stolen bases, 1,708 BB, .414 on-base percentage and a .533 slugging average. Defensively, he recorded a .974 fielding percentage. He hit better than .300 10 times in his major league career. At the time of his retirement, he had hit 200 more home runs than the next-highest National Leaguer.

Video: 1933 World Series featuring a home run by Mel Ott

1933 World Series featuring a home run by Mel Ott

4) Willie McCovey

A 500 home run club member, he won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1959. He won the NL MVP award a decade later, leading the league with 45 HR and 126 RBI.

Video: Willie McCovey baseball Career Highlights

Willie McCovey baseball Career Highlights

 

3) Barry Bonds

Controversy follows Bonds even today because of suspected steroid use, but Bonds was one of the greatest players in Baseball history and could do it all. Bonds hit 73 home runs in 2001.

Video: Barry Bonds absolutely MASHING home runs with the Giants!

Barry Bonds absolutely MASHING home runs with the Giants!

2) Christy Matthewson

During his 17-year career, Mathewson won 373 games and lost 188 for a .665 winning percentage. His career ERA of 2.13 and 79 career shutouts are among the best all-time for pitchers, and his 373 wins are still number one in the National League, tied with Grover Cleveland Alexander.

Video: Rare Christy Mathewson game footage

Rare Christy Mathewson game footage

1) Willie Mays

A case can be made that Mays is the greatest player in baseball history. Mays was selected to the all-star game 24 times! He hit 660 home runs, had over 3200 hits, and won the Golde Glove award 12 times.

Video: Willie Mays Highlights

Willie Mays Highlights

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