Daryl Spencer was the first one, on May 30, 1961, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, when he started at third base for the
More than a half-century later, last Aug. 22, reliever
What do they have in common? Spencer and Wilson bookend an eclectic 88-member group that has played for both the Dodgers and
The list includes three Hall of Fame members — Duke Snider, Juan Marichal and
During a tense pennant race in August 1965, Marichal was at the center of a explosive confrontation. He struck Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro over the head with a bat after Roseboro had just buzzed or ticked Marichal's ear with a return throw to pitcher Sandy Koufax.
From an incident that sullied Marichal's reputation, a new story eventually emerged.
Roseboro said that in the early 1980s he began talking with Marichal, as he believed that what happened had kept the Hall of Fame doors unfairly closed to the Dominican pitcher.
"There were no hard feelings on my part, and I thought if that was made public, people would believe that this was really over with," Roseboro told The Times in 1990. "So I saw him at a Dodger old-timers' game and we posed for pictures together and I actually visited him in the Dominican. The next year, he was in the Hall of Fame."
At Roseboro's memorial service in 2002, Marichal said that Roseboro "forgiving me was one of the best things that happened in my life . . . When I became a Dodger player, John told all the Dodger fans to forget what happened that day. It takes special people to forgive."
Forgiveness is wonderful, but Dodgers fans also didn't like Marichal because he dominated Los Angeles during his 14 years with the Giants, from 1960-1973. He was 37-18 against the Dodgers — easily his best record against any club — and shut them out 10 times.
And then, the baseball world was turned on its axis just before the 1975 season.
Marichal became a Dodger.
"Dodgers Hoping Ex-Enemy Juan Regains Old Zip," read a headline in the Sporting News.
"Incredible as it sounds, Juan Marichal now is a Dodger," the story began. "Yes, Juan Marichal. The most hated of the hated Giants . . . "
But Marichal's zip was gone. In two games for the Dodgers, he gave up nine earned runs in six innings, losing his lone decision, then retired.
If the sight of Marichal in a Dodgers uniform was a stunner, so was Duke Snider's appearance in Giants colors 11 years earlier.
From 1947 through 1962, Snider was brilliant and beloved. He hit 389 home runs and batted an even .300, helping the Dodgers win seven pennants and their first two World Series.
It wasn't his happiest season.
"One of Duke's final appearances at
Nonetheless, the clubs have a special bond.
"It's important to remember how remarkably this geographical rivalry has been preserved for generations," Langill noted. "The Dodgers and Giants have played one another since the 1880s. The franchises needed one another when making their historic move to the West Coast in 1958. And when it looked like the Giants might leave town in 1976 and 1992 because of ownership changes, the Dodgers quietly worked behind the scenes in hopes their rival would remain in San Francisco."
There are other ties.
When teams made up of major leaguers would barnstorm in the off-season — to stay in shape and bolster their salaries — rivals, including Dodgers and Giants, were often teammates.
Dodgers and Giants have also shared All-Star game dugouts for decades.
The rosters for the first of two All-Star Games in 1962 included five players from each club. Marichal was the winning pitcher in relief of the Dodgers' Don Drysdale.
Here is a lineup of players who have worn the uniforms of each club since they relocated from Flatbush in Brooklyn and Coogan's Bluff in
While we tried to include only those who were significant with at least one of the clubs and played the position with both teams, we didn't always succeed. Here's our lineup of two starting pitchers, eight position players and a closer:
Starting pitcher: The case has been made for Hall of Famer Marichal, who was 238-140 with a 2.84 earned-run average with the Giants. Orel Hershiser, in 13 seasons as a Dodger (1983-1994, 2000), was 135-107. He won the
Relief pitcher: No one was close to being prime closer for both clubs. We'll go with Jim Gott over several others. In five seasons with the Dodgers (1990-1994), Gott saved 38 games and had a 2.99 ERA. In three years in San Francisco (1985-1987), Gott had one save with an ERA of 4.27.
Catcher: Tom Haller batted .248 and hit 107 homers in seven years with the Giants (1961-1967). Traded to the Dodgers before the 1968 season, in the first West Coast swap between the clubs, Haller hit .276 in four years (1968-1971). Yes, Gary Carter is in the Hall of Fame with 324 homers, but he's there because of his 17 seasons as an Expo or Met, not his one year each as a Giant (1990, .254) or Dodger (1991, .246).
1B: It's a small field. In four years as a Dodger (1958-1961), Norm Larker batted .294 and was runner-up for the league batting crown with a .323 average in 1960. As a Giant briefly at the end of 1963, Larker played in 19 games, 11 at first base.
2B: The discussion begins and ends with Jeff Kent. He spent six of his 17 years in the majors with the Giants (1997-2002), hitting .297 with 175 home runs. He was the league MVP in 2000. In four years as a Dodger (2005-2008), Kent batted .291 with 75 homers.
3B: Bill Madlock batted .296 as a Giant (1977-1979), playing a lot at second base as well. With the Dodgers (1985-1987), he hit .285. Madlock won four batting crowns, but none as a Giant or Dodger.
SS: This is a bit of a stretch, but we needed to fill out a lineup.
OF: Brett Butler hit .293 and stole 125 bases for the Giants (1988-1990) and .298 with 179 steals for the Dodgers (1991-97) and was an excellent defender.
One last thing. You know that Hall of Fame broadcaster who has been with the Dodgers for a while?
Vin Scully was a Giants fan while growing up in New York.