In 1957 Horace Stoneham took his Giants of New York baseball team and headed west, starting a gold rush with bats and balls rather than pans and mines. But San Francisco already had a team, the Seals of the Pacific Coast League, and West Coast fans had to learn to embrace the newcomers.
Starting with the franchise’s earliest days and following the team up to recent World Series glory, Home Team chronicles the story of the Giants and their often topsy-turvy relationship with the city of San Francisco. Robert F. Garratt shines light on those who worked behind the scenes in the story of West Coast baseball: the politicians, businessmen, and owners who were instrumental in the club’s history.
Home Team presents Stoneham, often left in the shadow of Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, as a true baseball pioneer in his willingness to sign black and Latino players and his recruitment of the first Japanese player in the Major Leagues, making the Giants one of the most integrated teams in baseball in the early 1960s. Garratt also records the turbulent times, poor results, declining attendance, two near-moves away from California, and the role of post-Stoneham owners Bob Lurie and Peter Magowan in the Giants’ eventual reemergence as a baseball powerhouse. Garratt’s superb history of this great ball club makes the Giants’ story one of the most compelling of all Major League franchises.
About the Author
Robert F. Garratt is emeritus professor of English and humanities at the University of Puget Sound. He has published books and articles on modern Irish literature. His baseball articles have appeared in NINE and the SABR BioProject.
"A great read and great baseball history."—Allen Barra, San Francisco Chronicle
— Allen Barra
"A significant, authoritative history of the Giants. Baseball fans should read it. Libraries should acquire it."—G. Louis Heath, Aethlon
— G. Louis Heath
“A good reason to read Home Team is the chance to get to know Horace Stoneham the way I did. He was a good friend, a hard worker, and a great man. He did a lot for me and for baseball.”—Willie Mays
— Willie Mays
“Once you begin the journey with Garratt you won’t stop until the first pitch at Pac Bell Park in 2000. Home Team is a must for any baseball fan.”—Marty Lurie, Giants pre- and postgame radio host of the Bay Area’s KNBR 680
— Marty Lurie
“From the boardroom to the courtroom to the ballpark, Rob Garratt touches all the bases. Must-reading for any baseball fan.”—Hank Greenwald, the voice of the Giants (1979–96) and author of This Copyrighted Broadcast
— Hank Greenwald
“The vision of Horace Stoneham . . . opened the door for many Latin baseball players, including myself, the Alou brothers, and Juan Marichal, among others. This is an important history of the Giants franchise.”—Orlando Cepeda