In the span of the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers rivalry, there are several players who fans love to forget crossed enemy lines.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have what many consider to be the biggest rivalry in baseball. Unlike those two clubs who have stayed on the east coast, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants have a fierce rivalry of their own and their rivalry has existed ever since both clubs began to play on the east coast.
Although the rivalry has shifted west, there has been no love lost between the two teams.
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Even since the beginning of the rivalry, the hatred between the two teams has been so fierce that some players have even retired upon being dealt to the other side. Baseball legend Jackie Robinson was traded to the Giants on December 13, 1956. Just a month later on January 5, 1957, Jackie decided he would rather hang up his cleats and pursue other interests than play for the Giants.
In one of the more ugly baseball incidents of all-time, Giants’ great Juan Marichal hit Dodgers’ catcher Johnny Roseboro in the head with a baseball bat. That incident took place in 1965. Like Jackie Robinson, Marichal was one of the greats who crossed enemy lines as he played for the Dodgers in 1975 although he made just two starts for the team.
Here are three Dodgers who many fans forget (or want to forget) ever suited up for the rival Giants: