10 moments in the intense Giants-Dodgers rivalry

The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers — and their fans — have one of the longest and most passionate rivalries in American sport. Here are 10 important events in that rivalry.

— May 3, 1890 — The two franchises meet for the first time as National League rivals; the Brooklyn Bridegrooms beat the New York Giants, 7-3.

— July 12, 1938 — Brooklyn Dodgers fan Robert Joyce shoots and kills a fellow bar patron and bartender after an extended “ribbing” by Giants fans.

— Oct. 3, 1951 — The New York Giants capture the National League pennant as Bobby Thomson hits “the shot heard ’round the world,” a three-run home run off the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca.

— April 15, 1958 — After offseason moves from New York City, the teams begin their West Coast rivalry with the Giants beating the Dodgers 8-0 in San Francisco’s Seals Stadium.

— Aug. 22, 1965 — While batting, Giants pitcher Juan Marichal attacks Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro with a bat, striking him in the head. A bench-clearing, 14-minute brawl ensues.

— Sept. 24, 1981 — Dodgers outfielder Reggie Smith goes into the stands to confront a heckling Giants fan at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

— Oct. 3, 1993 — On the final day of the season, the Dodgers knock the 103-win Giants out of the playoff race with a 12-1 drubbing at Dodger Stadium.

— Oct. 7, 2001 — Barry Bonds hits his record-setting 73rd home run of the season against Dodgers pitcher Dennis Springer.

— March 31, 2011 — Bryan Stow, a Northern California paramedic and Giants fan, is brutally beaten by two men dressed in Dodgers gear following the teams’ first game of the season in Los Angeles. Stow suffers permanent brain injuries.

— Sept. 25, 2013 — Dodgers fan Jonathan Denver is fatally stabbed in a late-night confrontation near the Giants’ AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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