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1907 The Giants lose their home opener to the Phillies when some of the Polo Grounds fans flood onto the field, disrupting the game in the top of the ninth inning. After warning the growing crowd of over a thousand patrons, who continue to pour onto the field, home plate umpire Bill Klem decides enough is enough, forfeiting the game to the visiting team, 9-0.
1907

"Boy, they sure called me lots of names when I tried on those shin guards. They must have been a good idea at that, though, because they tell me catchers still wear them." - ROGER BRESNAHAN, reflecting on being the first major league catcher to wear shin guards.

On Opening Day, playing against the Phillies at the Polo Grounds, Giants catcher Roger Bresnahan becomes the first player to wear shin guards in a major league game. The future Hall of Fame receiver's innovative protective device, fastened with straps and hooks, was made of leather.

1912 Rube Marquard begins a nineteen-game consecutive winning streak by beating the Dodgers, 18-3, in a game that features 13 ground-rule doubles hit by the visitors because of the overflow crowd placed in the outfield and along the foul lines. The future Hall of Fame southpaw's streak will end in July when the Giants lose to Chicago at the West Side Grounds, 7-2.

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