On this date in Giants history — Dec. 16
2001: The Giants obtain their first Japanese player since 1964 (when Masanori Murakami became the first ballplayer from Japan to appear in an major league game). San Francisco trades starting pitcher Shawn Estes (9-8, 4.02) to the Mets in exchange for outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo (.267, 10 HR, 56 RBI) and infielder Desi Relaford (.302, 8 HR, 36 RBI), who will later be traded the Mariners for David Bell.
1992: Dusty Baker, 44, is selected to replace Roger Craig in the dugout as manager of the Giants. During his 10-year tenure, Baker will compile a 840-715 (.540) record and will be named the National League Manager of the Year three times.
1954: Willie Mays becomes the first player to win the Most Valuable Player award in his first full year in the majors when he easily outdistances Reds first baseman Ted Kluszewski for the honor. The 23-year-old Giants center fielder made his big league debut at the end of May in 1951, but missed the next two seasons due to his military service in the U.S. Army.
1938: The Braves trade catcher Ray Mueller to the Pirates for Al Todd, who will be dealt to Brooklyn in March, and Johnny Dickshot, who will be shipped to the Giants in April. Mueller will only play 90 games over two seasons for Pittsburgh.
(All entries courtesy nationalpastime.com)