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Giants snap 55-year streak in style

11/2/2010

The last time the San Francisco Giants won a World Series, Dwight Eisenhower was the U.S. president, "I Love Lucy" was the No. 1 TV show, and there were only 16 MLB teams. Oh yeah, and the Giants still played in New York City.

That was 1954, when 21 cents bought you a gallon of gas, a stamp cost just 3 cents and the final game of the World Series ended at 3:52 p.m.

The Giants didn’t clinch the NL West until the final day of the regular season. They’re the second team to do that and then go on to win the World Series since 1980, joining the 2006 Cardinals.

They also spent just 36 days in first place in the NL West, becoming the first team to spend so few days atop the division to win a World Series since the 1985 Royals, who spent 30 days in first.

Two players stole the show Monday night, Tim Lincecum and Edgar Renteria. Lincecum tied the World Series record with 10 strikeouts in a clincher, becoming the fifth pitcher to reach that mark, joining Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Hal Newhouser and Orval Overall. It was also Lincecum’s fourth win this postseason, breaking Christy Mathewson’s franchise record for a single postseason.

World Series MVP Renteria had the game-winning RBIs with a three-run home run and became the fourth player to drive in the game-winning run in two World Series clinchers. The others all did so for the Yankees: Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig.

But that wasn’t the only history made as the Giants won their first World Series title since moving to San Francisco.

• The Giants had 17 two-out RBIs in the five-game series, tied for the third-most in a single World Series. Only the 1997 Indians (21) and 1982 Brewers (20) had more. Both of those teams went on to lose their World Series.

• Game 5 took a mere 2 hours and 32 minutes to complete, the shortest World Series-clinching game since 1983, when Scott McGregor shut out the Phillies in Game 5 in just 2:21.

• The Giants also became just the second team to wrap up all three postseason series on the road. The 2005 White Sox also did so. The three-round postseason format began in 1995.