It was announced yesterday that Peter Magowan, former managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Magowan was as responsible for my Giants fandom as my father, though I didn’t realize it until much later. And I am grateful for all that he helped the organization achieve during his tenure and saddened by the news of his death.
We moved back to California in the early 1990’s, which coincided with the uncertainty about whether the Giants would stay in San Francisco. Magowan not only helped keep the team in San Francisco, ensuring there was still a team to root for, but he signed off on the blockbuster deal that brought Barry Bonds to the Bay.
I’m extremely saddened by the passing of Peter Magowan. I will never forget our first call about the possibility of me coming home to play. He saved baseball for San Francisco and will be greatly missed. Sending my love and prayers to Debby and family. I love you Peter Magowan. pic.twitter.com/eMHZkmtrz2— Barry L Bonds (@BarryBonds) January 28, 2019
Bonds became my childhood hero and the reason my love for the team was as strong as it was throughout the 90’s, despite living too far away to go to any games.
I attended my first home Giants game with my dad at the beginning of the inaugural season of Pacific Bell Park and fell in love immediately. I fell in love with the sights, the smells, and I fell in love with baseball all over again. The park has had many names since, but I will always call it home. Peter Magowan was instrumental in bringing the park to life through private funding, after many failed attempts by previous ownership to have tax-payers foot the bill.
Magowan was set to be honored on the Giants Wall of Fame in a little under two weeks’ time, at this year’s Fan Fest on February 9th. Sadly, we lost him before that could happen. But for those of you planning to attend our meet-up that day, we’ll be there to bear witness and give thanks for everything he gave us as fans.