3 Greatest Pitchers in Giants History

Greatest pitchers in Giants history, include Christy Mathewson.
Greatest pitchers in Giants history, include Christy Mathewson. / Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images

The San Francisco Giants have had a storied and successful history in their 137 seasons as a professional baseball club.

Between their years in New York and San Francisco, the Giants have won 23 National League pennants and eight World Series championships, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they've had many great pitchers along the way. Here's a list of the three greatest pitchers in franchise history.

3. Carl Hubbell (1928-1943)

One of the most dominant pitchers of the 1930s, Carl Hubbell's peak years with the New York Giants were as great as they come. King Carl won NL MVP honors in 1933 and 1936. In 16 years with the Giants, he won 254 games and had a 2.98 ERA. He was also a monster in the postseason: his career World Series ERA was 1.79 over six starts, which helped the Giants to a World Series title in 1933. Hubbell was so beloved that he remained on the Giants' payroll for the rest of his life after retiring in 1943.

2. Juan Marichal (1960-1973)

Across 14 brilliant seasons with the Giants, Juan Marichal pitched to a 2.84 ERA and made eight All-Star teams in a row. Marichal established himself as the league's first star from the Dominican Republic, using his famous high leg kick windup to baffle hitters. Marichal threw 244 complete games during his career and had an ERA of 2.76 or better in every year between 1963 and 1969.

1. Christy Mathewson (1900-1916)

Christy Mathewson is in contention for the title of "best pitcher of all time", so it should be no shock to see him top this list. Over 17 years with the New York Giants, Mathewson set himself apart as the king of the dead-ball era. Even in the context of that low run-scoring environment, Mathewson was untouchable. His best year was 1908, when he went 37-11 with a 1.43 ERA over 390.2 innings, earning the pitching triple crown. To back that up, he came back in 1909 and had an ERA of 1.14 over 275.1 innings. Mathewson was one of the first five inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

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