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The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time

Updated March 5, 2020 22.3k votes 1.6k voters 27.1k views164 items

List RulesPlease only rank the players based on their time with the Giants

This is a list of the greatest San Francisco Giants players ever, whether top Giants pitchers or top hitters. With 23 Hall of Famers and the most wins in Major League Baseball history, the San Francisco Giants can stake claim to being the most successful franchise in baseball this side of the New York Yankees. Known for many years as the New York Giants, the club has 7 World Series championships to its name. The first 5 came while the team was in New York, while the last two have come in the past few years (2010, 2012). Many of the biggest names and brightest stars have played for the Giants franchise through the years. 

Willie Mays is one of the most popular players to ever play the game. The "Say Hey Kid" made one of the most famous plays in baseball history. In the 1954 World Series versus Cleveland, Mays made an improbable basket catch that saved the game and helped the Giants on the way to the championship.Mays won two MVP awards and holds the All-Star record of most All-Star Games played, a whopping 24, which ties him with Hank Aaron & Stan Musial. He considered the best player of the New York Giants era and one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

On the other end of the popularity spectrum is one of baseball's surliest and most controversial sluggers, Barry Bonds. Leaving Pittsburgh for San Francisco in 1993, Bonds won 7 MVP Awards, 5 with the Giants, and made the All Star game 14 times. Bonds is currently the all time leader in home runs with 762 and has the most in a single season with 73. While his career will be forever debated because of his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs, no one can doubt that Barry Bands is one of the greatest Giants ever.

This is a list of the Greatest San Francisco Giants of All Time. If you see someone who should be on this list, feel free to add him. Vote and rerank this list as you deem fit.

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    Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Willie Mays

    Center fielder

    BirthplaceWestfield, Alabama, United States of America

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    Willie McCovey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Willie McCovey

    First baseman

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

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    Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    BirthplaceLaguna Verde, Dominican Republic

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    #82 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame#180 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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    Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Barry Bonds

    Left fielder

    BirthplaceRiverside, California, United States of America

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    Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    BirthplaceFactoryville, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    #19 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #428 of 580 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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    Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Mel Ott

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceGretna, Louisiana

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    #24 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#17 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time

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    Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    BirthplaceHickory, North Carolina

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    Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    BirthplaceWilliamston, North Carolina

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    Orlando Cepeda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Orlando Cepeda

    Designated hitter, First baseman

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

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    Will Clark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Will Clark

    First baseman

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

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    Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Buster Posey

    Catcher, First baseman

    BirthplaceLeesburg, Georgia

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    Tim Lincecum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Tim Lincecum

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceBellevue, Washington

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    #38 of 73 The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time#18 of 20 The Best High Times Covers

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    Matt Cain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Matt Cain

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceDothan, Alabama

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    #189 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time#6 of 23 The Best Perfect Games In Major League History

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    Matt Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Matt Williams

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceBishop, California, United States of America

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    #200 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#446 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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    Bobby Bonds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Bobby Bonds

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceRiverside, California

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    Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    BirthplaceCarthage, Missouri

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    Jeff Kent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Jeff Kent

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceBellflower, California, United States of America

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    J. T. Snow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    J. T. Snow

    First baseman

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

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    Jim Davenport is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Jim Davenport

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceSiluria, Alabama

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    Mike McCormick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    23

    BirthplacePasadena, California

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    Darrell Evans is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Darrell Evans

    First baseman, Third baseman

    BirthplacePasadena, California

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    Brandon Crawford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    BirthplaceMountain View, California

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    Jack Clark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Jack Clark

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceNew Brighton, Pennsylvania

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    Jim Ray Hart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    Jim Ray Hart

    Designated hitter, Outfielder

    BirthplaceHookerton, North Carolina

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    Joe McGinnity is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time
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    BirthplaceCornwall Township, Illinois

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