Few and Chosen Giants: Defining Giants Greatness Across the Eras

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Baseball great Bobby Thomson selects his all-time Giants team—five players at each position plus the top five managers—covering the team's more than 100-year history in two cities, New York and San Francisco.

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"The Giants have had many great players, more Hall of Famers than any other team, many of them before my time. I don't feel qualified to judge those I never saw play, although some, like Christy Mathewson, Frank Frisch, Bill Terry, and Carl Hubbell, I know from the observation of others and, from looking at their records, are no-brainers."

--from the preface by Bobby Thomson

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Talk about a Dream Team! Imagine what it would be like to take a baseball franchise with as rich a history as the Giants have--including all the gifted athletes who have graced their uniforms over the past century--and assemble a lineup using only the very best players.

Would you select Juan Marichal or fellow Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson as your top right-handed starting pitcher? And for the lefty, would it be Carl Hubbell or Rube Marquard, two more Hall of Fame names from baseball lore? In the outfield, for instance, who wouldn't salivate over a left-center-right combination of Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, and Mel Ott--three of the best players ever to set foot on a diamond, although in three distinctively different eras? With all the incredible talent the Giants have had over the years, it becomes a fairly enticing--and challenging--exercise.

Former Giants great Bobby Thomson was up to exactly this challenge when he joined with longtime sports journalist Phil Pepe in Few and Chosen: Defining Giants Greatness Across the Eras to rank the top five all-time San Francisco and New York Giants at each position as well as the team's top five managers. Thomson played with many of the candidates throughout his own brilliant career as a Giant; others he watched as a child growing up in New York, and still others he watches now, as they add to their spectacular legacies in the Bay Area. Thomson has painstakingly broken down various elements of dozens of ballplayers from different decades, revealing his findings in this book. The finished product is an entertaining and informative insider look at the team's most talented players. By bringing together the legends of Giants history and the team's more contemporary superstars, Thomson has created the ultimate tribute to this marvelous franchise while also fanning the flames of debate among the most passionate fans in sports.

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