Sunday, April 12, 2015

Alan Fowlkes?

You can count yourself a real Giants fan if you know that Alan Fowlkes was even a Giant.

It turns out that Chris Heston's fine work in Arizona on Wednesday - 6 innings, 2 ER -- has earned him the starting pitcher slot tomorrow. Chris Haft's sotry from mlb.com says that Heston is the first rookie to start a home opener in 33 years. Alan Fowlkes was the last one.

Alan made 15 starts for the 1982 Giants and had a 4-2 record and a 5.19 ERA and 21 starts.  He never pitched for the big club again, was released in 1985 and pitched two games for the Angels.

That 1982 club was the one that was most famous for keeping the Dodgers out of the postseason, thanks to a 3-run Joe Morgan homer on the last day of the season. the Giants finished at 79-83.

Alan won his first game in that home opener, a 3-2 vic over Montefusco and the Padres. The key blow was a two-run Reggie Smith double in the 3rd.


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