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That time the Giants almost signed Dianne Feinstein to a 1-day contract

The latest in our “Orange & Past” series takes a look at a rare political move the Giants nearly made back in 1984.

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With so many stories to recall in its storied franchise, our new “Orange & Past” feature series will spotlight some of those that had been lost to time...

If you’re as surprised as I was to learn that a Confederate Flag hung outside San Francisco City Hall back in the 1980s when Dianne Feinstein was mayor, then you’ll probably be just as surprised to learn that the Giants tried to leverage this into an opportunity for a new stadium way back when.

[This story was originally published in the June 27, 1984 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle Sports Section.]

by Dune Muldoon

Candlestick Park will host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game two weeks from now, but Giants owner Bob Lurie already knows what he wants after that.

He wants the stadium to be demolished and his team situated elsewhere in the city. In order to do that, he’ll need help from the county and, most importantly, Mayor Dianne Feinstein. She has been a vocal supporter of Lurie’s cause, but a firm antagonist when it comes to its funding.

“The taxpayers shouldn’t pay for something that won’t be profitable for them,” the mayor said.

Her position has been a relief to city accountants and taxpayer advocacy groups who have provided her with an unshakable voter base for her political future, which has been made cloudy recently after protesters removed the confederate flag that had been hanging outside City Hall at her request.

Mayor Feinstein has never denied claims that she would support the confederacy if doing so helped her win an election, and it’s this decision for her benefit that has led Lurie to believe he has a chance to change her mind for his.

Late last evening, a courier delivered a genuine Major League Baseball Player Contract to the Mayor’s office with an invitation for her to sign with the Giants for one day. The contract listed her as a left fielder.

“It’s a position where you stand around doing nothing most of the time. Perfect for a politician,” Lurie said.

She could become the first woman to ever sign such a piece of paper. The allure of history might be too strong for her to ignore.

Lurie’s gambit would also aid Mayor Feinstein in her efforts to regain stature within a city that has become increasingly wary of her desire to support closet white supremacists and potential fascists all in the name of collegiality and winning elections while providing the Giants with the endorsement they need to build their new stadium.

“If this doesn’t work, we’ll forget it ever happened,” Lurie said.

{Editor’s notice: Shortly before this story went to press, Mayor Feinstein rejected Mr. Lurie’s offer.}