Shirlie was a huge Giants fan and had been since they first came to San Francisco in 1958 and played their games at the old Seals Stadium at 16th and Bryant Streets. The City had promised the Giants a new stadium as part of the lure of moving west. Candlestick opened in 1960. Shirlie was there.
Shirlie made just about every opening day game in those earlier years. A half-century ago she documented the 1965 opening day with these photos. San Francisco Mayor John Shelley threw out the first pitch. The Giants lost that home opener 3-1 vs the Pittsburgh Pirates. I have no idea who Shirlie's friends are in these photos (if you know, let us in on it) but it looks like they are having a good time and they do have great seats!
|Mayor John Shelley throws out the first pitch in this photo by Shirlie.|
|Looks like the AP photo was at the same moment as Shirlie's!|
|Shirlie with friends ... notice how fans dressed up back then ... times gone by!|
|Again ... who are these guys?|
|The fans leaving on the walking ramp ... before the moving sidewalk.|
The above photos are from the Bob and Susan Bortfeld, Shirlie Montgomery Collection at History San Jose. Used with permission. The newspaper clipping is from the San Mateo Times 20 Apr 1965.