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images from Pete Loeser, 18 February 2019

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Introduction: San Francisco Giants
New York Gothams (1876-1883), New York Giants (1883-1957), San Francisco Giants (1958-present)

     The San Francisco Giants compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. They have one of the longest-established and most successful professional baseball franchises, winning more games than any other team in the history of American baseball. The Giants originated in New York City as the New York Gothams in 1876, joined the National League in 1883, and renamed themselves the New York Giants in 1885. During most of their 75 seasons in New York City, the Giants played home games at the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan. During that time they maintained an intense rivalry with their cross-town rivals, the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Championship games between the three teams were nicknamed the "Subway Series" since the New York subway system connected their parks. The Giants won their first National League pennant in 1888, defeating the St. Louis Browns, foreshadowing the modern-era World Series. The Giants won the first five of their eight World Series wins and 17 of their 24 National League pennants in New York before moving to California to become the San Francisco Giants in 1958.
     As the San Francisco Giants they have added three more World Series championships in 2010, 2012, and 2014 respectively. When the Giants first moved to San Francisco, they played in Seals Stadium for their first two seasons, then in 1960, the Giants moved to Candlestick Park, built on Candlestick Point in San Francisco's southeast corner overlooking San Francisco Bay. The "stick" was known for strong winds, cold temperatures, and thick fogs, a formidable experience for both fans and players. In 2000, after 40 years, the Giants left Candlestick Park and moved into a new stadium now-called Oracle Park (previously called Pac Bell Park, SBC Park and AT &: T Park) located on the China Basin of San Francisco Bay. The basin is now called McCovey Cove, and the stadium has a perminant address of 24 Willie Mays Plaza in honor of the two longtime Giants superstars.

Note: Be aware that in the early years baseball teams used pennants rather than flags and there were a host of manufacturer's variants of these and later fan flags marketed for the Giants and their fans. They include flags, banners, and pennants too numerous to all be shown here.
Pete Loeser, 24 February 2019

Commemorative flags

Orange October World Series Flag 2014

image from Pete Loeser, 24 February 2017

It was 110th World Series, and it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion San Francisco Giants and the American League (AL) champion Kansas City Royals. The Royals won the first three games of the series, needing only one more game to take the title. The Giants went on to defeated the Royals in the next four games to clinch their third World Series championship in a five-season span (2010-14), and their third overall since the club's move to San Francisco from New York. Giant fans named it the "Orange October."
Pete Loeser, 24 February 2019

Fan flags

San Francisco Giants Vintage Flag

image from Pete Loeser, 24 February 2017

This San Francisco Giants "Vintage" Flag is a fan flag that features the old "Giants" logo. This logo was used by the franchise from 1947 to 1976, and still appears on fan memorabilia like T-shirts, mugs, etc.
Pete Loeser, 24 February 2017

The Giants "Stars and Stripes" Flag

    images from Pete Loeser, 24 February 2017

These popular variants of the American national flag have been produced for all the MLB teams and displayed by their enthusiastic fans. In the canton of the first illustrated here the white stars of the national flag have a Giants logo superimposed over the stars, on a black field instead of blue. The 13 red and white stripes in the fly have been replaced with the orange and black colors of San Francisco Giants.
The second variant shown here features less stripes and less stars, 11 orange and black stripes and 13 stars to be exact.
Pete Loeser, 24 February 2019

House Divided Flags

images from Pete Loeser, 24 February 2017

The Giants have a long-standing rivalry with the Los Angeles Dodgers dating back to the times that both teams played in New York and this flag is for those families with divided loyalties between the two teams.
Perhaps the most unusual variant of this type flag allows for a family to support two local teams not even playing the same sport. The illustrated second example here supports the San Francisco Giants (MLB Baseball) and the San Francisco 49ers (NFL Football).
Pete Loeser, 24 February 2019

Giants Baseball Team Logo Flags
(with Orange Field) - Manufacturer's Variants

images from Pete Loeser, 24 February 2017

These type Giant's fan flags use the current team logo, authorized in 2000, with different variants of the teams colors of orange and black, placed on a orange background or field.
Pete Loeser, 24 February 2019

Giants Baseball Team Logo Style Flags
(with Black Field) - Manufacturer's Variants

images from Pete Loeser, 24 February 2017

An increasingly popular manufacturer's variant of the Giant's Flag places a large team logo on a black field rather than orange.
Pete Loeser, 24 February 2019