ARLINGTON, Texas — Brandon Crawford played in his 1,326th game at shortstop for the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Travis Jackson for the most in franchise history.
Jackson was a shortstop in 1,325 games for the New York Giants from 1922 to 1936, a mark Crawford matched Sunday in San Francisco’s game against the Chicago Cubs.
When the Giants took the field in the bottom of the first inning against the Texas Rangers, Crawford was initially sent out by himself. He received a nice ovation when his milestone was announced by Rangers public address announcer Chuck Morgan. Crawford doffed his cap and waved at the crowd.
“One of the cooler accomplishments of my career,” said Crawford, who hit a three-run homer in the ninth after his tiebreaking solo shot in the sixth of the Giants’ 9-4 win. “Growing up a Giants fan, and seeing so many great shortstops come through the organization, and be able to pass a Hall of Famer, it’s a very cool accomplishment.”
A two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Crawford has played his entire career with the Giants since his big league debut in 2011. It was his 1,357th game overall, and all 1,326 games that he has played defensively have been at shortstop.
Manager Gabe Kapler said the latest milestone “is right up there with any of them, and one that I think he deserves to be proud of. And to have a night like he had tonight, both on defense and then at the plate. It just was a true performance and really enjoyable to watch for everybody in the dugout.”
There were quite a few Giants fans in the building with San Francisco playing at Texas for the first time since 2015. The last time before that was when the Giants wrapped up the 2010 World Series title with a win in Game 5 at the Rangers’ old ballpark across the street.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.