Shirlie Montgomery was a huge Giants fan. She had numerous Giants mementos, bobble heads and stuff. She adored Barry Bonds! She had met little Barry when he was just a child, so she felt a connection to him. We had some fun "battles" over his attitude and performance enhancing practices ... but we both agreed he was fun to watch.
Shirlie filmed this silent footage on the Giants' opening day at Candlestick Park, April 12, 1960, when the Giants beat the Cardinals 3-1. It features footage of Shirlie and her friends arriving at the park, spectators, the opening ceremony, some of the 9th inning play and then spectators exiting to the parking lot. Interesting that both Richard Nixon and San Francisco Mayor George Christopher are shown in this film, with Nixon signing autographs.
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Shirlie's collection of Giants' memorabilia included programs from the SF Seals era, numerous programs and booklets, and ticket stubs from the 1962 World Series ... Giants v. Yankees ... as well as one of her favorite items, a game day program featuring Willie McCovey in 1978.
We donated the 8mm film to History San Jose, who had it converted to a digital video. The video is from the Bob and Susan Bortfeld, Shirlie Montgomery Collection at History San Jose. Used with permission.