The Cable Car Home Page - Anniversaries

by Joe Thompson


232 years ago - 1775
Apr 19 - British Redcoats and American Minutemen exchanged the first shots of the American Revolution in Lexington, Massachusetts. Eight Americans died and the Minutemen ran. The British marched towards Concord, planning to seize arms stored by the colonials.
Apr 19 - British Redcoats found and destroyed some of the colonial arms hidden in Concord, Massachusetts. When the British prepared to leave, they found that hundreds of Minutemen had gathered. The British ran for Boston, suffering 273 casualties before a rescue party reached them.
May 10 - The Second Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia.
Jun 15 - George Washington received command of the Continental Army.
Jun 17 - The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on Breed's Hill near Boston, Massachusetts.


231 years ago - 1776
Jun 29 - San Francisco and Mission Dolores were founded.
Jul 04 - In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.


226 years ago - 1781
Oct 19 - After a seige, a large British army surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia.


224 years ago - 1783
Sep 03 - The United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War and securing American independence.
Dec 23 - George Washington voluntarily surrendered his commission to Congress.


220 years ago - 1787
May 25 - The Constitutional Convention gathered in Philadelphia, charged with revising the Articles of Conferation.
Jul 13 - Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance.
Sep 17 - The Constitutional Convention approved and signed its proposed new Constitution.
Dec 07 - The first state to approve the new Constitution was Delaware.


219 years ago - 1788
Jun 25 - The Constitution was approved by the ninth state Virginia, allowing it to take effect.


218 years ago - 1789
Apr 01 - The first Congress under the new Constitution met in New York, New York.
Apr 30 - George Washington took the oath of office as the first President.
Jul 17 - The French Revolution started with the storming of the Bastille.
Sep 25 - Congress submitted the proposed Bill of Rights to the states.


217 years ago - 1790
Apr 17 - Benjamin Franklin died.


198 years ago - 1809
Feb 12 - Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky


175 years ago - 1832
Nov 26 - America's first horsecar, the John Mason, went into service in New York CIty, running from City Hall to 14th Street


175 years ago - 1835
Nov 30 - Samuel Clemens was born


171 years ago - 1836
Mar 16 - Andrew Smith Hallidie was born


159 years ago - 1848
Jan 24 - James Marshall discovered gold in the run of Sutter's Mill near Coloma, CA. This led to the Gold Rush, which shaped the future of California and San Francisco.
Feb 02 - The treaty of Guadaloupe Hidalgo ended the Mexican War and formally ceded California to the United States
Dec 05 - President James K Polk formally told the US Congress about gold in California

158 years ago - 1849
Dec 24 - The First Great Fire in San Francisco destroyed the buildings on the south and east sides of the Plaza, causing $1 million in damage.


157 years ago - 1850
May 01 - Alcalde John White Geary, later a general in the Civil War, was sworn in as the first Mayor of San Francisco
May 04 - The Second Great Fire destroyed the entire block bounded by Kearny, Clay, Montgomery and Washington
Jun 14 - The Third Great Fire destroyed the area between Clay and California from Kearny to the waterfront
Sep 09 - California was admitted to the Union as the 31st state
Sep 17 - The Fourth Great Fire destroyed the area bounded by Dupont, Montgomery,
Oct 18 - The Steamer Oregon arrived with news that California had been admitted to the Union

156 years ago - 1851
May 04 - The Fifth Great Fire destroyed San Francisco's entire business district
Jun 01 - Horse-drawn omnibuses began running between downtown San Francisco and Mission Dolores
Jun 09 - The First San Francisco Committee of Vigilance was organized in response to a wave of crimes, especially arson
Jun 10 - The Committee of Vigilance hanged John Jenkins of the Sydney Ducks gang for stealing a safe
Jun 22 - The Sixth Great Fire destroyed 14 blocks
Jun 25 - The New Mission Toll Road opened from Clay and Kearny, out Third to Mission, along Mission to Corbett Road.
Sep 15 - The Committee of Vigilance disbanded

155 years ago - 1852
Mar 18 - During a meeting at the Astor House Hotel in New York, Henry Wells and William Fargo formed express and banking company Wells Fargo
Apr 19 - The California Historical Society was founded
Jul 13 - The first office of Wells Fargo opened on Montgomery Street in San Francisco

154 years ago - 1853
Apr 04 - The California Academy of Sciences was founded
Jul 17 - Bishop Joseph Sadoc Alemany laid the cornerstone of Saint Mary's Church at California and Dupont

153 years ago - 1854
Mar 01 - The California Steam Navigation Company was organized
Apr 03 - The first United States Branch Mint in San Francisco opened on Commercial Street
Dec 25 - San Francisco's first Saint Mary's Cathedral was dedicated

152 years ago - 1855
Mar 18 - The Mechanic's Institute was founded in San Francisco. Charter members included Andrew S Hallidie
Jul 15 - Dedication of Saint Ignatius Church, founded by Father Anthony Maraschi, SJ, on Market between Fourth and Fifth.
Oct 15 - Saint Ignatius Academy had its first classes, with three students.
Nov 17 - Charles Cora, a gambler, fatally shot Marshall William Richardson, who had insulted Cora's mistress, Belle

151 years ago - 1856
Jan 17 - The first trial Charles Cora for killing Marshall William Richardson ended in a hung jury
Apr 19 - The California State legislature passed an act to consolidate the City and County of San Francisco, forming San Mateo County from the remaining part of San Francisco County
May 14 - James P Casey shot James King of William at Montgomery and Washington Streets. Both men were newspaper publishers, but King's Bulletin had recently revealed that Casey was an ex convict. Veterans of the 1851 Committee of Vigilance began to organize a new committee
May 15 - The Second Committee of Vigilance was formally organized
May 18 - Members of the Vigilance Committee removed both Charles Cora and James Casey from the county jail
May 20 - James King of William died of his wound
May 22 - The Vigilance Committee hanged Cora and Casey after King's burial at Lone Mountain
Jul 20 - The San Francisco News Letter began publication
Aug 18 - The Vigilance Committee disbanded

150 years ago - 1857
Dec 09 - The Market Street Railroad was incorporated.

149 years ago - 1858

148 years ago - 1859


147 years ago - 1860
Nov 06 - Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States
Dec 20 - South Carolina seceded from the Union

146 years ago - 1861 "
Feb 09 - The Confederate States of America was founded. Jefferson Davis of Mississippi was proclaimed President "
Apr 12 - Confederate forces bombarded Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina
Apr 15 - Lincoln called for 75,000 militiamen
Apr 19 - Lincoln declared an embargo against the south
Jul 21 - Confederates won the First Battle of Bull Run

145 years ago - 1862
Feb 06 - Union soldiers under General Grant captured Fort Henry in Tennessee
Mar 08 - Confederate ironclad Virginia attacked the Union blockading squadron at Hampton Roads and sank two ships
Mar 09 - Union ship Monitor fought the Virginia to a draw in the first battle of ironclads
Apr 06 - The Battle of Shiloh began. 23,000 were killed or wounded in the two days
Apr 24 - Flag Officer David Farragut's Union fleet took New Orleans
Jun 25 - The Seven Days' Battles begin in Virginia, leading to a Union withdrawal towards Washington, DC
Aug 29 - Confederates won the two-day Second Battle of Bull Run
Sep 04 - Lee's first invasion of the north
Sep 17 - In the battle of Antietam, 26,000 were killed or wounded as the Union Army under General McClellan turned back Lee's invasion of the north
Sep 22 - Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
Dec 13 - Conferderates killed or wounded over 12,000 Union soldiers under General Burnside in the Battle of Fredericksburg, while losing only 5,000 men

144 years ago - 1863
Jan 01 - Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation
Mar 03 - The Union Congress enacted a draft
May 01 - The four-day Battle of Chancellorsville began. Lee's Confederates defeated Fighting Joe Hooker's Union Army. "I just lost confidence in Joe Hooker" explained Hooker. General Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded by Confederate "friendly fire"
Jun 03 - Lee began his second invasion of the north, marching into Pennsylvania
Jul 01 - The three-day Battle of Gettysburg began. The Union under General Meade turned back the Conferderates
Jul 04 - General Grant took Vicksburg, giving the Union control of the Mississippi River
Jul 13 - Three-day draft riots in New York City kill over 120
Jul 18 - Union African-American soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts attacked Fort Wagner, South Carolina and suffered 50% casualties
Aug 05 - Rear Admiral David Farragut's Union fleet forced the surrender of blockade-running port Mobile, Alabama. ""Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" was Farragut's cry to encourage his ships forward
Aug 21 - Confederate guerilla William C. Quantrill and his followers massacred 182 people in Lawrence, Kansas
Nov 19 - Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address

143 years ago - 1864
Feb 17 - Confererate submarine HL Hunley attacked and sank Union blockading vessel Housatonic. This was the first time a submarine sank an enemy vessel. After the attack, Hunley went down with her crew
Mar 09 - Lincoln appointed Grant to command the armies of the United States
May 04 - Grant advanced towards Richmond, pursuing a war of attrition
May 05 - Two-day Battle of the Wilderness
May 08 - Four day Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse
Jun 01 - Three day Battle of Cold Harbor
Jul 20 - General Sherman's Union Army beseiged Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 02 - Sherman captured Atlanta
Nov 08 - Lincoln was reelected
Nov 15 - Sherman began his march to the sea, laying waste to 300 miles of land
Dec 21 - Sherman reached Savannah, Georgia

142 years ago - 1865
Jan 31 - The Union Congress approved the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery
Mar 04 - Lincoln's second inauguration. "With malice toward none; with charity for all...let us strive on to finish the work we are in...to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations..."
Mar 25 - Lee's Army of Northern Virginia makes its last, unsuccessful, attack against Grant at Petersburg.
Apr 02 - The Confederates evacuated Richmond
Apr 04 - Lincoln toured Richmond
Apr 09 - Lee surrendered to Grant at the town of Appomattox Court House
Apr 14 - Lincoln was shot by murderous coward John Wilkes Booth
Apr 15 - Lincoln died
Apr 18 - General Longstreet surrendered to Sherman
Apr 26 - Murderous coward Booth was shot and killed by Union soldier Sergeant Boston Corbett
Dec 06 - The Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery, was ratified

141 years ago - 1866

140 years ago - 1867

139 years ago - 1868
Jul 03 - Charles T Harvey tested his West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway in New York City

138 years ago - 1869


137 years ago - 1870
Nov 15 - The failed West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway in New York City was sold at auction

136 years ago - 1871
Jan 17 - Andrew S Hallidie received his first cable railway-related patent

135 years ago - 1872

134 years ago - 1873
Jun 02 - Andrew S Hallidie broke ground for the Clay Street Hill Cable Railroad
Aug 02 - The Clay Street Hill Cable Railroad made its first test run
Sep 01 - The Clay Street Hill Cable Railroad started revenue service

133 years ago - 1874
Feb 01 - San Francisco's Clay Street Hill Cable Railroad carried 76,500 passengers.

132 years ago - 1875
Sep 04 - The old Ferry Building opened at the foot of Market Street
Sep 09 - Actress Lotta Crabtree dedicated Lotta's Fountain to the citizens of San Francisco at the intersection of Geary, Kearny and Market streets

131 years ago - 1876
Jun 14 - The California Street Cable Railroad received its franchise

130 years ago - 1877
Jan 27 - The Sutter Street Railway opened its first cable line.
Jul 05 - The California Street Cable Railroad started construction

129 years ago - 1878
Apr 10 - The California Street Cable Railroad started service

128 years ago - 1879
May 30 - The California Street Cable Railroad extended its line from Fillmore to Presidio.


127 years ago - 1880
Jan 08 - Joshua Norton, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, died on California Street
Feb 16 - The Geary Street, Park and Ocean Railway opened in San Francisco

126 years ago - 1881
Feb 24 - The Roslyn Tramway, the first cable railway outside of San Francisco, opened in Dunedin, NZ.
Apr 14 - The Cable Railway Company was formed.

125 years ago - 1882
Jan 28 - The Chicago City Railway opened its State Street line, the first US cable railway outside of San Francisco.
Sep 22 - A meeting of National League owners dropped the Troy, New York and Worcester, Massachusetts clubs and reassigned the franchises to New York and Philadelphia.

124 years ago - 1883
May 01 - The new New York baseball club (not yet called the Giants) played its first National League game, defeating the new Phillies club 7-5 at the original Polo Grounds on 110th Street in Manhattan. General and former President Ulysses S Grant attended the game.
Jul ?? - The National Cable Railway Company was formed.
Aug 03 - The first train ran on the New York and Brooklyn Bridge Railway.

New York National League club (not yet Giants) record: 46-50, 6th place. Manager: John Clapp.

123 years ago - 1884
May 29 - The Highgate Hill Cable Tramway, the first cable tramway in Europe, started service.

New York National League club (not yet Giants) record: 62-50, 5th place. Managers: James Price, Monte Ward.

122 years ago - 1885
Oct 21 - The National and Pacific Cable Companies agreed to share the national market
Nov 11 - The first cable tramway service in Australia began to Richmond in Melbourne, Australia

New York Giants record: 85-27, 2nd place. Manager: James Mutrie. Mutrie began calling his players "My Giants". The name caught on.

121 years ago - 1886
May 22 - A cable tramway began running between Milsons Point and Ridge Street, North Sydney, Australia
Nov 22 - Victoria Street Cable Tram route (Melbourne, Australia) begins

New York Giants record: 75-44, 3rd place. Manager: James Mutrie.

120 years ago - 1887
Mar 06 - The Brooklyn Cable Company opened its experimental Johnson ladder cable line in Brooklyn, NY
Jul 15 - The Brooklyn Cable Company closed its experimental Johnson ladder cable line in Brooklyn, NY
Sep 06 - Frank J Sprague's Union Street Railway electric installation in Saint Joseph, MO opened.
Oct 02 - The Mount Adams and Eden Park Ry (Cincinatti, OH) had a serious accident because the cable looped around the grip.

New York Giants record: 68-55, 4th place. Manager: James Mutrie.

119 years ago - 1888
Feb 02 - Frank J Sprague's Richmond Union Passenger Railway electric installation in Richmond, VA opened.
Apr 13 - The Valley City Street and Cable Railway (Grand Rapids, MI) started cable service.
Sep 08 - The pioneering Clay Street Hill Railroad was purchased by the Ferries and Cliff House Railway

New York Giants record: 84-47, 1st place. Manager: James Mutrie. The Giants defeated the American Association champion Saint Louis Browns in the post season Temple Cup series.

118 years ago - 1889
May 12 - A Seattle Front Street Cable Railway car lost the cable and ran away. One passenger was thrown out of the car on a curve and killed

New York Giants record: 83-43, 1st place. Manager: James Mutrie. The Giants defeated the American Association champion Brooklyn team in the post season Temple Cup series.


117 years ago - 1890
? - Denver City Cable Company (Denver, Colorado) West Denver line converted to electricity - Denver City Cable Company (Denver, Colorado) West Denver line converted to electricity
Jun 07 - The San Diego Cable Railway started service.
Oct 20 - Ferdinand Lemott (Jelly Roll) Morton, American composer and piano player, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana

New York Giants record: 63-68, 6th place. Manager: James Mutrie.

116 years ago - 1891
Feb 09 - The O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde line of the California Street Cable Railroad started service. It was the last new line to open in San Francisco.
Sep 09 - The pioneer line of the Clay Street Hill Railroad was closed for conversion into the Sacramento/Clay line.
Nov 12 - The Valley City Street and Cable Railway (Grand Rapids, MI) stopped cable service.

New York Giants record: 71-61, 3rd place. Manager: James Mutrie.

115 years ago - 1892
Oct 15 - The San Diego Cable Railway stopped service.

New York Giants record: 71-80, 8th place. Manager: Pat Powers.

114 years ago - 1893

New York Giants record: 68-64, 5th place. Manager: Monte Ward.

113 years ago - 1894
Sep 19 - A cable tramway begam running between King and Ocean Streets, Sydney, Australia

New York Giants record: 88-44, 2nd place. Manager: Monte Ward.

112 years ago - 1895

New York Giants record: 66-65, 9th place. Managers: George Davis, Jack Doyle, Harvey Watkins.

111 years ago - 1896
Dec 14 - The cable-driven Glasgow District Subway opened and was immediately closed because of an accident

New York Giants record: 64-67, 7th place. Managers: Arthur Irwin, Bill Joice.

110 years ago - 1897
Jan 21 - The Glasgow District Subway reopened
Mar 04 - Frank (Lefty) O'Doul born, San Francisco, CA. He had nothing to do with cable cars, but he had a .349 lifetime average and managed the San Francisco Seals for many years. He's not in the Hall of Fame, but he should be.
May 14 - Sidney Bechet, important early jazz musician, was born in New Orleans, LA
Jun 14 - Citizens Traction Co (Pittsburgh) closed
Aug 31 - West Seattle Cable Railway closed
Sep 19 - Butte City Street Railroad closed
Sep 29 - Washington & Georgetown 14th St Powerhouse destroyed by fire. 14th St & Georgetown lines temporarily replaced by horses, next year by electric cars

New York Giants record: 83-48, 3rd place. Manager: Bill Joice.

109 years ago - 1898
Feb 01 - Mount Adams & Eden Park Railway (Cincinatti, OH) closed
Feb 15 - US battleship Maine blew up in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. The incident, which may have been an accident, triggered the Spanish American War
Apr 21 - US Congress declared war on Spain
May 01 - Commodore George Dewey destroyed the Spanish cruiser squadron at Manila, PI
May 25 - Washington & Georgetown Seventh Street line closed. Electric rails for the conduit electric cars had been laid while the cable cars were running.
Jun 31 - Saint Paul City Railway Selby Street line closed. It was replaced by a counterbalance, which helped electrics up and down the Selby Street hill. The counterbalance was replaced 10-Oct-1906 by a tunnel.
Jul 01 - The Battle of San Juan Hill, which made Teddy Roosevelt's reputation
Jul 03 - US fleet destroyed Admiral Pascual Cervera's Spanish squadron at Santiago de Cuba
Sep 16 - Vine Street Cable Railway (Cincinnati, OH) closed
Nov 01 - Metropolitan Street Railway (Kansas City, MO) closed its 5th Street-Wyandotte line
Nov 01 - The Brooklyn Elevated Railway (New York, NY) began running its trains across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan, using the New York & Brooklyn Bridge's cable line.
Dec 10 - The Treaty of Paris ended the Spanish-American War
? - The current Ferry Building opened at the foot of Market Street - The current Ferry Building opened at the foot of Market Street

New York Giants record: 77-73, 7th place. Managers: Bill Joice, Cap Anson (22 games), Bill Joice again.

108 years ago - 1899
Mar 23 - Baltimore City Passenger Railway (Baltimore, Maryland) converted
Apr 29 - Duke Ellington, America's greatest composer, was born in Washington, DC.
May 21 - Oakland Cable Railway (Oakland, California) converted.
Jul 15 - People's Cable Railway Tenth Street line (Kansas City, Missouri) closed.
Jul 16 - The Brooklyn Elevated Railway (New York, New York) stopped running its trains across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan, using the New York & Brooklyn Bridge's cable line, except during busy summer periods.
Jul 23 - Columbia Railway (Washington, DC) converted.
Sep 28 - Third Ave Railroad's 125th Street section (New York, New York) converted to electric. The rest of the company's cable trackage was converted by the end of the year.
Oct 22 - My grandfather, Ernesto Cafferata, was born. He was chef and partner in San Francisco's Fly Trap Restaurant
Dec 31 - Former Omnibus Howard Street main line and Post Street Francisco, California) were closed.

New York Giants record: 60-90, 5th place. Managers: John B Day (who had been the Giants' first president), Fred Hoey.


107 years ago - 1900
Mar 28 - Denver City Cable Company (Denver, Colorado) West Denver line converted to electricity
Mar 29 - Denver City Cable Company (Denver, Colorado) Welton line converted to electricity
Apr 01 - Denver City Cable Company (Denver, Colorado) Larimer line converted to electricity
Apr 24 - Andrew Smith Hallidie died
May 02 - Grand Avenue Railway (Kansas City, Missouri) converted its Westport line to electricity
Sep 04 - Front Street Cable Railway (Seattle, Washington) converted to electricity. The section on Queen Anne Hill was converted to a counterbalance.
Oct 08 - St Louis Railroad (St Louis, Missouri) converted to electricity
Oct 30 - Metropolitan Street Railway (Kansas City, Missouri) converted its 18th-19th Street line to electricity
? - New South Wales Government Tramways (Sydney, Australia) converted to electricity
? - Kaikorai Tramway (Dundein, New Zealand) opened

New York Giants record: 60-78, 8th place. Managers: Buck Ewing, George Davis.

106 years ago - 1901
Feb 14 - People's Railway (St Louis, Missouri) converted to electricity
Mar 14 - Missouri Railroad (St Louis, Missouri) converted to electricity
May 11 - Metropolitan Street Railway (New York, New York) converted its Columbus Avenue line to electricity
May 25 - Metropolitan Street Railway (New York, New York) converted its Broadway line to electricity
Jun 19 - Metropolitan Street Railway (New York, New York) converted its Lexington Avenue line to electricity
Aug 04 - Louis Armstrong, one of the most important figures in American music, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana
Aug 31 - The first electric streetcars in Honolulu, Hawaii ran. See Streetcar Days in Honolulu for some wonderful photos from the new book of the same name by MacKinnon Simpson and John Brizdle.

New York Giants record: 52-85, 7th place. Manager: George Davis.

105 years ago - 1902
Feb 22 - The Kelburn Cable Car, a funicular in Wellington, NZ, started service.
Feb 27 - John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, CA
Jun 09 - Mount Auburn Cable Railway (Cincinnati, Ohio) converted
Jul 31 - The Lower Great Orme Tramway opened in Llandudno, Wales. It is still operating
Aug 22 - A train descending the Ninth Street trestle of the former Kansas City Cable Railway lost the rope and ran into another train, killing the gripman of the runaway train and injuring 17 passengers.
Sep 02 - The Troost Avenue cable line of the former Kansas City Cable Railway stopped running.
Oct 02 - The Temple Street Cable Railway in Los Angeles, California converted to electricity

New York Giants record: 48-88, 8th place. Managers: Horace Fogel, George Smith, John McGraw. John McGraw, signed from the Baltimore Orioles as player/manager. He remained in charge for 30 seasons.

104 years ago - 1903
Mar 10 - Bix Beiderbecke, influential cornet player, was born in Davenport, IA
May 29 - Leslie Townes (Bob) Hope, great comedian, was born in London
Jun 02 - Kansas City reached a "Peace Agreement" with the Metropolitan Street Railway, giving them a new franchise in return for converting surviving cable car lines.
Jun 16 - Henry Ford and a group of investors formed the Ford Motor Company, Ford's third attempt at forming a company to manufacture autos
Jul 08 - The Upper Great Orme Tramway opened in Llandudno, Wales. It is still operating
Jul 26 - Layman's Castle at the top of Telegraph Hill burned to the ground.
Sep 01 - Kansas City's former Grand Avenue Railroad cable lines (15th Street, Holmes Street, Walnut Street) ceased.
Nov 04 - A broken grip caused a car of Kansas City's Metropolitan Street Railway to run away on the 12th Street incline. One passenger died and 72 were injured.
Dec 18 - The Wright Brothers made the first flight in a powered heavier than air craft

New York Giants record: 84-55, 2nd place. Manager: John McGraw.

103 years ago - 1904
May 21 - Thomas "Fats" Waller, great American pianist, organist, singer, and composer, was born
Nov 01 - A car of Kansas City's Metropolitan Street Railway lost its grip and rolled back to the bottom of the 12th Street incline. Passengers who jumped were injured.
Dec 19 - Bill "Count" Basie, piano player and swing band leader, was born in Red Bank, NJ

New York Giants record: 106-47, 1st place. Manager: John McGraw. Angry about ill-treatment at the hands of American League president Ban Johnson, McGraw and Brush refused to participate in the World Series.

102 years ago - 1905
Jan 15 - The last cable tram ran in Sydney, Australia

New York Giants record: 105-48, 1st place. Manager: John McGraw. The Giants beat Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series, 4 games to 1.

101 years ago - 1906
Jan 03 - The Mount Lowe railway reopened after a severe fire
Apr 17 - The last day of service on several San Francisco cable car lines operated by the Presidio and Ferries and United Railroads of San Francisco
Apr 18 - The great earthquake and and subsequent fire destroyed most of San Francisco. Read about its effect on San Francisco's cable car lines
May 22 - A generous bribe from the URR, arranged by Abraham "Boss" Ruef, persuaded the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Eugene E Schmitz to allow trolley wires on Market Street
May 23 - The San Francisco Seals played the first Pacific Coast League game in the Bay Area after the Fire and Earthquake, defeating Fresno 5-4.
Jun 21 - The Geary Street, Park and Ocean Railway resumed service, the first cable car line to return after the Earthquake and Fire
Oct 21 - The Chicago City Railway ended cable service.
Nov 16 - Mayor Eugene Schmitz and Abe Ruef were indicted for extortion, in part because of the payments from URR in return for allowing trolley wires on Market Street.

New York Giants record: 96-56, 2nd place. Manager: John McGraw.

100 years ago - 1907
Mar 09 - Abe Ruef was arrested at the Trocadero Roadhouse in what is now Stern Grove
Mar 19 - The entire Board of Supervisors, except for two members, was indicted for accepting bribes from URR and other companies
May 16 - Abe Ruef pleaded guilty to extortion.
Jun 14 - Mayor Schmitz was gound guilty of extortion. The sentence was later overturned.

New York Giants record: 82-71, 4th place. Manager: John McGraw.

99 years ago - 1908
Dec 11 - Abr Ruef was convicted of brbing a supervisor on behalf of the URR

New York Giants record: 98-56, tied for first place with the Chicago Cubs. Lost a one-game playoff which included the infamous "Merkle boner". Manager: John McGraw.

New York Giants record: 98-56, tied for first place with the Chicago Cubs. Lost a one-game playoff which included the infamous "Merkle boner". Manager: John McGraw.

98 years ago - 1909

New York Giants record: 92-61, 3rd place. Manager: John McGraw.


97 years ago - 1910
Mar 29 - A car of Kansas City's Metropolitan Street Railway derailed on the 12th Street incline and was struck by the following car.
Apr 22 - Mark Twain died

New York Giants record: 91-63, 2nd place. Manager: John McGraw.

96 years ago - 1911
Apr 14 - The Polo Grounds, home of the New York Giants, burned to the ground
Nov 13 - Women in California get the vote
Dec 19 - Lu Watters, trumpeter, band leader, and founder of the San Francisco traditional jazz revival, was born

New York Giants record: 99-54, 1st place. Manager: John McGraw. The Philadelphia Athletics won the World Series 4 games to 2.

95 years ago - 1912

New York Giants record: 103-48, 1st place. Manager: John McGraw. The Boston Red Sox won the World Series 4 games to 3 with one tie.

94 years ago - 1913
Jun 03 - The last horse car ran in San Francisco
Oct 13 - The last cable car ran in Kansas City, on the Metropolitan Street Railway's 12th Street line.

New York Giants record: 101-51, 1st place. Manager: John McGraw. The Philadelphia Athletics won the World Series 4 games to 1.

93 years ago - 1914

New York Giants record: 84-70, 2nd place. Manager: John McGraw.

92 years ago - 1915
Feb 21 - The Panama Pacific Exposition opened in San Francisco
Dec 16 - Turk Murphy, traditional jazz trombonist and band leader, was born
Dec 29 - San Francisco's new City Hall opened

New York Giants record: 69-83, 8th place. Manager: John McGraw.

91 years ago - 1916

New York Giants record: 86-66, 4th place. Manager: John McGraw.

90 years ago - 1917
Oct 11 - Thelonious Sphere Monk, American composer and piano player, was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

New York Giants record: 98-56, 1st place. Manager: John McGraw. The Chicago White Sox won the World Series 4 games to 2.

89 years ago - 1918

New York Giants record: 71-53, 2nd place. Manager: John McGraw.

88 years ago - 1919

New York Giants record: 87-53, 2nd place. Manager: John McGraw.


87 years ago - 1920

New York Giants record: 86-68, 2nd place. Manager: John McGraw.

86 years ago - 1921

New York Giants record: 94-59, 1st place. Manager: John McGraw. The Giants defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series, 5 games to 3.

85 years ago - 1922

New York Giants record: 93-61, 1st place. Manager: John McGraw. Defeated New York Yankees 4-0-1 for the second straight year.

84 years ago - 1923
Jun 01 - The New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 22-8 at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. The Giants scored at least one run in every inning, a rare feat.
Sep 27 - Travis "Stonewall" Jackson played the first game of his Hall of Fame career for the Giants
Sep 30 - Bill Terry, future Hall of Famer, played his first game for the New York Giants

New York Giants record: 95-58, 1st place. The Giants played the Yankees in the World Series for the third year in a row, but lost 4 games to 2. Manager: John McGraw.

83 years ago - 1924

New York Giants record: 93-60, 1st place. The Giants played their fourth straight World Series. They lost to the Washington Senators 4 games to 3. Manager: John McGraw

82 years ago - 1925

New York Giants record: 86-66, 2nd place. Manager: John McGraw.

81 years ago - 1926
May 07 - Car 16 of the California Street Cable Railroad lost the rope at Powell and ran away, colliding with car 17 at Sansome.
Aug 13 - Tony Bennett, great singer, was born

New York Giants record: 74-77, 5th place. Manager: John McGraw.

80 years ago - 1927
May 20 - Charles A Lindbergh took off from New York in the Spirit of Saint Louis
May 21 - Charles A Lindbergh landed in Paris after making the first solo flight across the Atlantic

New York Giants record: 92-62, 3rd place. Manager: John McGraw.

79 years ago - 1928

New York Giants record: 93-61, 2nd place. Manager: John McGraw.

78 years ago - 1929
Aug 19 - The Upper Douglas Cable Tramway was abandoned.
Nov 17 - The Pacific Avenue remnant of the Sutter Street Railway was abandoned.

New York Giants record:84-67, 3rd place. Manager: John McGraw.

77 years ago - 1930

New York Giants record: 87-67, 3rd place. Manager: John McGraw.

76 years ago - 1931
Aug 07 - Bix Beiderbecke died far too young

New York Giants record: 87-65, 2nd place. Manager: John McGraw.

75 years ago - 1932

New York Giants record: 72-82, 6th place. Managers: John McGraw, Bill Terry.

74 years ago - 1933

New York Giants record: 91-61, 1st place. Manager: Bill Terry. The Giants defeated the Washington Senators in the World Series, 4 games to 1.

73 years ago - 1934

New York Giants record: 93-60, 2nd place. Manager: Bill Terry.

72 years ago - 1935
Apr 30 - The Inner Circle of the Glasgow District Subway last ran with cable traction
Nov 30 - The Outer Circle of the Glasgow District Subway last ran with cable traction

New York Giants record: 91-62, 3rd place. Manager: Bill Terry.

71 years ago - 1936

New York Giants record: 92-62, 1st place. Manager: Bill Terry. The New York Yankees beat the Giants 4 games to 2 in the World Series.

70 years ago - 1937

New York Giants record: 95-57, 1st place. Manager: Bill Terry. The New York Yankees beat the Giants 4 games to 1 in the World Series.

69 years ago - 1938

New York Giants record: 83-67, 3rd place. Manager: Bill Terry.

68 years ago - 1939

New York Giants record: 77-74, 5th place. Manager: Bill Terry.


67 years ago - 1940

New York Giants record: 72-80, 6th place. Manager: Bill Terry.

66 years ago - 1941
Jul 10 - Ferdinand Lemott (Jelly Roll) Morton, American composer and piano player, passed away.

New York Giants record: 74-79, 5th place. Manager: Mel Ott.

65 years ago - 1942

New York Giants record: 85-67, 3rd place. Manager: Mel Ott.

64 years ago - 1943

New York Giants record: 55-98, 8th place. Manager: Mel Ott.

63 years ago - 1944
May 16 - San Francisco voters approved a merger between the Market Street Railway and the Municipal Railway
Sep 29 - The Market Street Railway merged with the San Francisco Municipal Railway

New York Giants record: 67-87, 5th place. Manager: Mel Ott.

62 years ago - 1945

New York Giants record: 78-74, 5th place. Manager: Mel Ott.

61 years ago - 1946

New York Giants record: 61-93, 8th place. Manager: Mel Ott. Nice guys finish last.

60 years ago - 1947
Jan 15 - Carl Hubbell, great Giants pitcher, was elected to the Hall of Fame.
Jan 21 - Mayor Roger Lapham tried to kill off the surviving San Francisco cable cars. Friedel Klussmann proposed saving them. This led to the founding of the Citizens' Committee to Save the Cable Cars (CCSCC). Lucius Beebe said Mrs Klussmann was designated to wield terror and authority once possessed by the Vigilance Committee of 1851. This led to Proposition 10, which called for saving the cable cars. It won by a 3 to 1 margin
Jun 11 - Mel Ott made his last appearance as a player for the Giants.

New York Giants record: 81-73, 4th place. Manager: Mel Ott. The team had terrible pitching, but was known as "the Windowbreakers" because of their power. They hit 55 home runs in July. They hit 221 for the season.

59 years ago - 1948
Apr 16 - The Mount Adams and Eden Park funicular in Cincinnati, OH closed
Jul 16 - New York Giants fans were shocked when hero Mel Ott resigned as manager and was replaced by Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher.

New York Giants record: 78-76, 5th place. Managers: Mel Ott, Leo Durocher.

58 years ago - 1949
Jul 08 - The New York Giants' first two African American players, Monte Irvin and Hank Thompson, appeared in their first game. Monte Irivn entered the Hall of Fame in 1973.

New York Giants record: 73-81, 5th place. Manager: Leo Durocher.


57 years ago - 1950
Jun 25 - The North Korean People's Army invaded South Korea and the Korean War began.
Jun 30 - President Harry S Truman orders US ground forces into Korea
Jul 07 - General Douglas MacArthur assumes control of UN forces in Korea
Oct 09 - UN forces cross the 38th Parallel, invading North Korea
Oct 13 - Red Chinese forces cross into North Korea.

New York Giants record: 86-68, 3rd place. Manager: Leo Durocher.

56 years ago - 1951
Apr 11 - President Harry S Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur. General Matthew Ridgeway took command in Korea.
Jul 31 - California Street Cable Railroad (San Francisco, California) ceased operating when its insurance coverage lapsed.
Aug 11 - The New York Giants trailed the Brooklyn Dodgers by 13.5 games.
Aug 13 - California Street Cable Railroad (San Francisco, California), beset by lawsuits, filed for bankruptcy.
Sep 05 - The Battle of Heartbreak Ridge begins.
Sep 20 - California Street Cable Railroad (San Francisco, California), purchased by the City of San Francisco.
Sep 23 - The Battle of Heartbreak Ridge ends.
Oct 03 - Bobby Thomson came to bat in the 9th inning of the third and final game of the playoff series with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Brooklyn led 4-2. The Giants had runners on second and third. Willie Mays was on deck. Thompson hit "the shot heard round the world" and the Giants won the pennant.

New York Giants record: 98-59, First place. Manager: Leo Durocher. After the Giants had been 13.5 games back in August, they tied Brooklyn on the last day of the season, forcing a three game playoff to decide the pennant. The teams split the first two games, but Bobby Thomson's "shot heard round the world" won the third game and the pennant for the Giants. The exhausted team lost the World Series 4 games to 2 to the New York Yankees.

55 years ago - 1952
Jan 13 - California Street Cable Railroad (San Francisco, California) lines began running again, operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

New York Giants record: 92-62, 2nd place. Manager: Leo Durocher. Willie Mays got drafted.

54 years ago - 1953
Jul 23 - Fighting stops in Korea for a cease-fire that has mostly held till now.

New York Giants record: 70-84, 5th place. Manager: Leo Durocher.

53 years ago - 1954
Feb 06 - Muni abandoned the Jones Street Shuttle of the former California Street Cable Railroad (San Francisco, California)
May 15 - Muni abandoned the O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde line of the former California Street Cable Railroad (San Francisco, California)

New York Giants record: 97-57, 1st place. Manager: Leo Durocher. The Giants swept the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

52 years ago - 1955
Oct 29 - The Maryhill Tramway, Dunedin NZ, closed.

New York Giants record: 80-74, 3rd place. Manager: Leo Durocher.

51 years ago - 1956
Sep 02 - Car 524 made the last trip on the Washington/Jackson line
Dec 31 - Car 15 made the last trip on the California Street main line before it shut down for rebuilding

New York Giants record: 67-87, 6th place. Manager: Bill Rigney.

50 years ago - 1957
Mar 02 - The Mornington Tramway, Dunedin NZ, closed. This was the last cable car line outside of San Francisco.
Sep 29 - The New York Giants played their last home game at the Polo Grounds. They lost 9-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Nov 11 - Demolition begins on Cal Cable car barn and powerhouse at California & Hyde. It was replaced by a Cala supermarket.

New York Giants record: 69-85, 6th place. Manager: Bill Rigney.

49 years ago - 1958
Apr 15 - The new San Francisco Giants won their first game against the new Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-0. Headlines read "We Beat the Bums".
Apr 20 - The last Key System trains ran on the Bay Bridge

San Francisco Giants record: 80-74, 3rd place. Manager: Bill Rigney.

48 years ago - 1959
May 14 - Sidney Bechet, important early jazz musician, died in Paris

San Francisco Giants record: 83-71, 3rd place. Manager: Bill Rigney.


47 years ago - 1960

San Francisco Giants record: 79-75, 5th place. Managers: Bill Rigney, Tom Sheehan.

46 years ago - 1961

San Francisco Giants record: 85-69, 3rd place. Manager: Alvin Dark.

45 years ago - 1962

San Francisco Giants record: 103-62, 1st place. Manager: Alvin Dark. The Giants played another three game playoff with the Dodgers (as in 1951) and again lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series, 4 games to 3. If McCovey had hit the ball two feet higher...

44 years ago - 1963

San Francisco Giants record: 88-74, 3rd place. Manager: Alvin Dark.

43 years ago - 1964
Oct 01 - The surviving San Francisco cable cars were declared a National Landmark

San Francisco Giants record: 90-72, 4th place. Manager: Alvin Dark.

42 years ago - 1965

San Francisco Giants record: 95-67, 2nd place. Manager: Herman Franks. The Giants began a string of five straight second place finishes. They had the best record in baseball over that period, but never won a pennant.

41 years ago - 1966

San Francisco Giants record: 93-68, 2nd place. Manager: Herman Franks.

40 years ago - 1967

San Francisco Giants record: 91-71, 2nd place. Manager: Herman Franks.

39 years ago - 1968
Mar 22 - Lynda Johnson, President Lyndon Baines Johnson's daughter, was ordered off a cable car because she was eating an ice cream cone.

San Francisco Giants record: 88-74, 2nd place. Manager: Herman Franks.

38 years ago - 1969

San Francisco Giants record: 90-72, 2nd place. Manager: Clyde King.


37 years ago - 1970

San Francisco Giants record: 86-76, 3rd place. Manager: Clyde King.

36 years ago - 1971
Feb 26 - A loose strand on the Powell Street line caused four cars to pile up at the Market Street turntable.
Jul 06 - Louis Armstrong, one of the most important figures in American music, passed away

San Francisco Giants record: 90-72, 1st place. Manager: Charlie Fox. Lost NLCS to Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 1.

35 years ago - 1972
May 11 - The Giants traded Willy Mays to the Mets.

San Francisco Giants record: 81-73, 5th place. Manager: Charlie Fox.

34 years ago - 1973
Apr 12 - San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey hit two home runs in the fourth inning during a game against the Houston Astros.
Jul 15 - San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey hit his four hundredth home run and Juan Marichal shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-0.
Aug 02 - the Centennial
Surviving Clay Street cable car #8 was loaded onto a flat bed truck and driven on the Clay Street hill.
Oct 25 - The San Francisco Giants traded Willie McCovey to the San Diego Padres.
Dec 07 - The San Francisco Giants sold Juan Marichal to the Boston Red Sox, completing the dispersal of the three greatest SF Giants players up to that time - Willy Mays, McCovey, and Marichal - within a period of 18 months.

San Francisco Giants record: 88-74, 3rd place. Manager: Charlie Fox.

33 years ago - 1974
Apr 08 - Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, taking the lifetime home run record from Babe Ruth
Sep 03 - John (the Count) Montefusco made his first appearance for the Giants. He made an eight inning relief appearance, hit a two-run homer, and beat the Dodgers 9-5.

San Francisco Giants record: 72-90, 5th place. Managers: Charlie Fox, Wes Westrum

32 years ago - 1975
Oct 18 - Dennis McCoy defeated Al Davidson in the annual cable car bell ringing contest. The contest was held as part of the Wine and Flowers Festival to benefit the Mayor's Youth Fund. Five cable cars were decorated with flowers.

San Francisco Giants record: 80-81, 3rd place. Manager: Wes Westrum.

31 years ago - 1976

San Francisco Giants record: 74-88, 4th place. Manager: Bill Rigney. Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth saved the Giants from moving to Toronto.

30 years ago - 1977

San Francisco Giants record: 75-87, 4th place. Manager: Joe Altobelli.

29 years ago - 1978

San Francisco Giants record: 89-73, 3rd place. Manager: Joe Altobelli.

28 years ago - 1979

San Francisco Giants record: 71-91, 4th place. Managers: Joe Altobelli, Dave Bristol.


27 years ago - 1980

San Francisco Giants record: 75-86, 5th place. Manager: Dave Bristol.

26 years ago - 1981

San Francisco Giants record: 56-55, 4th place. Manager: Frank Robinson. A strike cancelled 51 games. Before the strike, the Giants were 27-32, in 5th place. After the strike, they were 29-23, in 4th place.

25 years ago - 1982
Feb 17 - Thelonious Sphere Monk, American composer and piano player died
Sep 21 - The beginning of the Great Reconstruction closes all cable lines

San Francisco Giants record: 87-75, 3rd place. Manager: Frank Robinson.

24 years ago - 1983

San Francisco Giants record: 79-83, 5th place. Manager: Frank Robinson.

23 years ago - 1984
Apr 26 - Bill "Count" Basie, piano player and swing band leader, died
Jun 21 - The cable car system reopened after the Great Reconstruction

San Francisco Giants record: 66-96, 6th place. Managers: Frank Robinson, Danny Ozark.

22 years ago - 1985

San Francisco Giants record: 62-100, 6th place. Managers: Jimmy Davenport, Roger Craig. This was the only time the Giants have lost 100 games.

21 years ago - 1986

San Francisco Giants record: 83-79, 3rd place. Manager: Roger Craig.

20 years ago - 1987
May 30 - Turk Murphy, traditional jazz trombonist and band leader, died

San Francisco Giants record: 90-72, 1st place. Manager: Roger Craig. Won the NL West, but lost a 7-game playoff to the Cardinals

19 years ago - 1988

San Francisco Giants record: 83-79, 4th place. Manager: Roger Craig.

18 years ago - 1989
Oct 17 - A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck San Francisco just after 5 PM

San Francisco Giants record: 92-70, 1st place. Manager: Roger Craig. Beat the Cubs in an exciting playoff, but lost the earthquake-interrupted World Series to the Oakland Athletics.


17 years ago - 1990

San Francisco Giants record: 85-77, 3rd place. Manager: Roger Craig.

16 years ago - 1991

San Francisco Giants record: 75-87, 4th place. Manager: Roger Craig.

15 years ago - 1992

San Francisco Giants record: 72-90, 5th place. Manager: Roger Craig.

14 years ago - 1993

San Francisco Giants record: 103-59, 2nd place. Manager: Dusty Baker. Winning 100 and finishing second made for a frustrating year.

13 years ago - 1994

San Francisco Giants record: 55-60, 2nd place. Manager: Dusty Baker. Another strike.

12 years ago - 1995
Aug 18 - A car ran away from the barn and rammed another. A tourist lost a leg

San Francisco Giants record: 67-77, 4th place. Manager: Dusty Baker.

11 years ago - 1996
Oct 12 - A broken cable caused a runaway which killed one passenger and closed the Funiculaire du Vieux Québec

San Francisco Giants record: 68-94, 4th place. Manager: Dusty Baker.

10 years ago - 1997

San Francisco Giants record: 90-72, 1st place. Manager: Dusty Baker. Won National League West. E816

9 years ago - 1998
May 01 - The Funiculaire du Vieux Québec, which had been closed since a fatal accident in 1996, reopened
Aug 01 - Muni rolled out new Car 59 to honor the 125th birthday of the cable car

San Francisco Giants record: 89-74 2nd place. Manager: Dusty Baker. The Giants tied with the Cubs for the National League wildcard spot and lost a one-game playoff.

8 years ago - 1999
Jan 11 - The California street line shut down for conduit reconstruction
Apr 24 - The California street line back in service after conduit reconstruction
Jul 16 - Frank Ware won the 37th annual Bell Ringing Contest
Jul 26 - A Powell/Hyde car stopped suddenly when the grip shank hit a coupler pin which fell from another car
Sep 10 - A loose strand stopped the Powell street cable for about eight hours
Oct 13 - A Powell/Hyde cable car hit an auto at Washington and Taylor. The auto hit a pedestrian

San Francisco Giants record: 86-76 2nd place. Manager: Dusty Baker.


7 years ago - 2000
Apr 24 - Muni rolled out new Car 9 to honor the 100th anniversary of Hallidie's death
Apr 30 - A collision at the crossover of the upper line injured 17 passengers on the Great Orme Tramway (Landudno, Wales)
Jul 20 - Byron Cobb won the 38th annual Bell Ringing Contest
Nov 11 - A fire broke out in a car of the Swiss Gletscherbahn Kaprun (Kaprun Glacier Railway) funicular as it passed through its tunnel. 3500 meters of the 3900-meter line run in the tunnel. 155 people died. The fire was started by an improperly ventilated electric heater in one of the operator cabs. The line was built in 1974

San Francisco Giants record: 97-65 1st place. Manager: Dusty Baker. Lost NLDS to New York Mets, 3 games to 1.

6 years ago - 2001
Jan 15 - A truck hit and destroyed Seattle's Iron Pergola, which had been the terminal of two cable car lines
Feb 01 - An accident on Angel's Flight in Los Angeles killed one person. The cable slipped from the winding drum
Jul 19 - Byron Cobb won the 39th annual Bell Ringing Contest

San Francisco Giants record: 90-72 2nd place. Manager: Dusty Baker. Barry Bonds set season records for home runs (73), walks (177), and slugging percentage (.863). He was also voted the league's MVP.

5 years ago - 2002
Jan 18 - Car 9 carried the Olympic Torch up the Hyde Street hill
Aug 17 - Seattle's Iron Pergola was rededicated; it had been destroyed by a truck on 15-Jan-2001
Oct 17 - Ken Lunardi won the 40th annual Bell Ringing Contest

San Francisco Giants record: 95-66 2nd place, NL Wild Card winner. Manager: Dusty Baker. Barry Bonds set season records for on base percentage (.582), walks (198), and intentional walks (68). He won the batting title (.370) for the first time.

4 years ago - 2003
May 11 - Car 57 struck a cab near California and Larkin. There may have been a mechanical problem
Jun 04 - A cable car desceding the Powell Street hill hit an auto which ran a red light at Pine
Oct 16 - Ronald East won the 41st annual Bell Ringing Contest

San Francisco Giants record: 100-61 First place. Manager: Felipe Alou. Barry Bonds hit his 600th home run. Lost a three game playoff against the Florida Marlins.

3 years ago - 2004
Jul 08 - Frank Ware, 1999 champ, won the 42nd annual Bell Ringing Contest

San Francisco Giants record: 91-71 Second place. Manager: Felipe Alou. Barry Bonds hit his 700th home run.

2 years ago - 2005
Jan 14 - The Druid Hill Avenue powerhouse and carbarn of the Baltimore Traction Company, used as a warehouse to store coolers, was destroyed in a major fire.
Jul 15 - Byron Cobb, 1995, 1998, 2000, and 2001 champion, won the 43rd annual Bell Ringing Contest at Union Square

San Francisco Giants record: 75-87 3rd place. Manager: Felipe Alou. Barry Bonds was out for much of the year and the team suffered

1 years ago - 2006
Jul 13 - Ken Lunardi, 1997 and 2002 champ, won the 44thd annual Bell Ringing Contest

San Francisco Giants record: 76-85 Third place. Manager: Felipe Alou. Barry Bonds hit his 715th home run, passing Babe Ruth.

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