SAN FRANCISCO -- No Giants home opener is complete without some acknowledgement of the franchise's storied past. So the organization seized the first opportunity to stage a 50th-anniversary commemoration of the 1962 ballclub, which won the Giants' first pennant since they moved west in 1958. Eleven members of the team that bested the Dodgers in a three-game playoff before losing the World Series to the New York Yankees were on hand, including Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Gaylord Perry and Orlando Cepeda. Others present included Jim Davenport, Felipe Alou, Mike McCormick, Don Larsen, Billy Pierce, Carl Boles and Ernie Bowman. Manager Alvin Dark, who's 90 years old, and broadcaster Lon Simmons also took bows. Dark and each former player were escorted onto the field by an active Giant, usually a player occupying a similar role. For example, Mays' usher was Angel Pagan, the current center fielder. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner accompanied the southpaw Pierce.
Broadcaster Mike Krukow delivered a brief speech in which he said that the '62 team "helped define what it means to be a San Francisco Giant."