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Giants honor first San Francisco squad

Giants honor first San Francisco squad

SAN FRANCISCO -- For a few moments Monday, spectators at AT&T Park got to see what 1958 was like -- not in black-and-white film footage, but in living color under brilliant sunshine.

The Giants saluted 13 members of that '58 club, the first to represent San Francisco after the franchise moved from New York, during a pregame ceremony. Each one -- Felipe Alou, John Antonelli, Ed Bressoud, Orlando Cepeda, Jim Davenport, Whitey Lockman, Willie Mays, Mike McCormick, Stu Miller, Daryl Spencer, Don Taussig, Valmy Thomas and Al Worthington -- was paraded around the warning track in a '50s era convertible.

In a subtle yet fitting touch, each car entered through the gate in the left-field corner under a banner reading "Welcome SF Giants," a replica of the signs that lined Montgomery Street during the Giants' parade on April 15, 1958, preceding the inaugural game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Naturally, the last player to be introduced was Mays, who remains synonymous with the Giants. "The best there ever was," remarked broadcaster Jon Miller, who served as master of ceremonies.

The event concluded with another suitable-for-framing feature: Mike Murphy, the equipment manager who has been employed by the Giants since their move West, threw the ceremonial first pitch to pitching coach Dave Righetti while the 1958 alumni and the current Giants stood in back of the mound.

"It's been a great 51 years here," Murphy said.

Cepeda called the Murphy tribute "well-deserved."

Davenport recalled seeing the teenaged Murphy begin his Giants tenure as a bat boy.

"He was a little kid running around the clubhouse," Davenport said. "He's done a great, great job."

"He's certainly gotten bigger," Antonelli said.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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