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The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time

Updated March 5, 2020 22.5k votes 1.7k voters 28.0k 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 Mays1
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    Willie Mays

    Center fielder

    BirthplaceWestfield, Alabama, United States of America

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    #11 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time#19 of 34 The Coolest Celebrity Octogenarians

  • Willie McCovey2
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    Willie McCovey

    First baseman

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

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    #25 of 116 The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time#49 of 85 The Best Oakland Athletics of All Time

  • Juan Marichal3
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    BirthplaceLaguna Verde, Dominican Republic

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    #186 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#35 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

  • Barry Bonds4
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    Barry Bonds

    Left fielder

    BirthplaceRiverside, California, United States of America

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    #27 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#3 of 77 The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs

  • Mel Ott5
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    Mel Ott

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceGretna, Louisiana

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    #1259 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#65 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time

  • Christy Mathewson6
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    BirthplaceFactoryville, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    #19 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #407 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Orlando Cepeda7
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    Orlando Cepeda

    Designated hitter, First baseman

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

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    #30 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time#9 of 76 The Greatest Puerto Rican MLB Players Of All Time

  • Will Clark8
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    Will Clark

    First baseman

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

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    #67 of 109 The Greatest Baltimore Orioles of All Time#61 of 134 The Greatest St. Louis Cardinals of All Time

  • Madison Bumgarner9
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    BirthplaceHickory, North Carolina

  • Gaylord Perry10
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    BirthplaceWilliamston, North Carolina

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    #309 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#49 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire

  • Buster Posey11
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    Buster Posey

    Catcher, First baseman

    BirthplaceLeesburg, Georgia

  • Tim Lincecum12
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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

  • Matt Cain13
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    Matt Cain

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceDothan, Alabama

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    #7 of 23 The Best Perfect Games In Major League History#5 of 50 The Best Pitchers In San Francisco Giants History

  • Matt Williams14
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    Matt Williams

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceBishop, California, United States of America

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    #194 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#417 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

  • Carl Hubbell15
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    BirthplaceCarthage, Missouri

  • Bobby Bonds16
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    Bobby Bonds

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceRiverside, California

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    #49 of 100 The Best Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of All Time#9 of 53 The Best Athletes Who Wore #0

  • Jeff Kent17
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    Jeff Kent

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceBellflower, California, United States of America

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    #29 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#139 of 170 The Best Survivor Contestants That Ever Played

  • J. T. Snow18
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    J. T. Snow

    First baseman

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

  • Mike McCormick19
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    BirthplacePasadena, California

  • Pablo Sandoval20
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    Pablo Sandoval

    First baseman, Third baseman

    BirthplacePuerto Cabello, Venezuela

  • Darrell Evans21
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    Darrell Evans

    First baseman, Third baseman

    BirthplacePasadena, California

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    #43 of 106 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time#42 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time

  • Jim Davenport22
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    Jim Davenport

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceSiluria, Alabama

  • Jack Clark23
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    Jack Clark

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceNew Brighton, Pennsylvania

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    #145 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time#465 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

  • John Montefusco24
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    John Montefusco

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceLong Branch, New Jersey

  • Joe McGinnity25
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    BirthplaceCornwall Township, Illinois