Giants’ principal owner Peter Magowan has done a great job with the park formerly known as Pac Bell. All the little touches to the franchise’s past are there and Mays and McCovey have been immortalized with statues. It’s my belief that Juan Marichal deserves to be next.
The dedication date is Saturday, May 21. The nine-foot bronze statue will be located at Lefty O'Doul Plaza. Perry’s number 36 will be retired on Saturday, July 23 during a pre-game ceremony. Nen will be honored sometime during the season.
Congratulations gentleman. Well deserved.
Select highlights from Juan Marichal’s career
September 14, 1959
In the third game of the Eastern League championship, Marichal strikes out nine and scatters eight hits in a complete game win. Springfield defeats Williamsport 5-2 to gain a two games to one lead. The Giants win the championship, their first, the next day.
July 19, 1960
In his big league debut, Marichal carries a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Clay Dalrymple breaks it up with a pinch-hit single with two out. Marichal strikes out a dozen Phillies and tosses a one-hitter. He is the first National League hurler since 1900 to debut with a one-hitter.
June 15, 1963
18,869 Candestickers watch Marichal become the first Giant to pitch a no-hitter since Carl Hubbell in 1929. He’ s also the first Latin American to toss a no-no in the ML. San Francisco scores the only run of the game in the eighth inning when Chuck Hiller doubles home Jim Davenport.
July 3, 1963
In an epic duel, 16 inning contest between Marichal and Warren Spahn at Candlestick, Marichal goes the distance. He allows eight hits in 16 innings while striking out ten. In the bottom of the 16th, Willie Mays hits a solo shot off Spahn for the win.
August 22, 1965
On a sunny afternoon at Candlestick, the Giants and Dodgers rivalry heats to a boil. In the bottom of the third inning, Marichal, believing John Roseboro’s return throw to Sandy Koufax nicked him in the ear, clubs the Dodger catcher in the head with his bat. The Giants win 14 in a row after Marichal’s return from an eight-game suspension, but come up two games short of their rivals.
May 26, 1966
The Dominican Dandy went the distance in a 14 inning, 1–0 win over the Phillies at Candlestick. Jim Davenport was the hero on the offensive side when he tripled and scored the winning run on Bob Barton’s sac fly. Marichal runs his record for the season to 9-0 and drops his ERA to 0.59.
Sep 20, 1968
Marichal tosses a five-hitter and gives up just one run in a 9-1 win over the Braves. The victory is his 26th of the season, a personal best and the most for a Giant since Hubbell’s 26 in 1936.
Sep 12, 1969
With his team just one-half game behind the Reds and Braves, Marichal pitches a one-hitter for his 18th win of the season. Hal Lanier drove in Jim Davenport in the games only scoring. Marichal calls the contest his “best game ever." He goes on to lead the league in ERA with a 2.10 mark.
May 15, 1971
Marichal scatters six hits and defeats the Dodgers 1 to 0. The win gives him a 21 and 1 record against Los Angeles at Candlestick.
Sep 30, 1971
Needing a win to clinch the division title, the Giants defeat the Padres 5-1 at San Diego. Marichal goes the distance and gives up one unearned run.
April 5, 1973
Wonderful Juan retires the final 13 Reds batters to pick up his sixth Opening Day win. The six victories is one of several Opening Day records Marichal still holds for the Giants (Most Starts 10, Most Complete Games 6, Most Strikeouts 10, Nine-Inning Shutouts 2).
September 22, 1973
In his final home appearance, Marichal defeats the Padres. He scatters nine hits and picks up his final win in a Giants uniform.
April 17, 1975
Marichal hangs up his cleats after a failed comeback attempt with the Dodgers. His final numbers are 243 wins and 142 losses.
Jan 12, 1983
Marichal is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
July 10, 1983
Wonderful Juan trots out to the mound at Candlestick and receives a standing ovation on his Hall of Fame day.
Sep 30, 1999
Marichal tosses out the first pitch at the Candlestick finale.