On this date in Giants history — Dec. 22
2000: Hoping to fill the void created by the departure of Ellis Burks, the Giants sign veteran outfielder Eric Davis to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. The Players Choice Awards’ “Man of the Year” had considered retirement, but the lure of more playing time changes his mind.
1994: The Giants trade pitcher John Burkett to the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league infielders Desi Wilson and Rich Aurilia. The latter will spend nine years in his first tenure in San Francisco, becoming an important offensive cog in the team’s everyday lineup.
Giants birthdays: Matty Alou (1938), Steve Carlton (1944)
(All entries courtesy nationalpastime.com)