SAN FRANCISCO (Bleacher Report) — Pablo Sandoval’s historic achievement in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series will live forever in San Francisco Giants lore.

Not only did Sandoval hit three home runs in a World Series game, a feat accomplished by only three other men, but he hit two of them facing Justin Verlander, a Cy Young Award winner and the 2011 American League MVP. Even more confounding, Sandoval accomplished this feat after being benched for most of the Giants’ 2010 World Series campaign. Perhaps most impressively, Sandoval hit three home runs after undergoing surgery to remove his left hamate bone earlier this season, a procedure that often saps hitters of their power.

Deciding where to rank Sandoval’s three home run night requires a quick jaunt through the rich and storied history of San Francisco Giants playoff baseball.

READ MORE analysis on Sandoval’s place in Giants playoff history from Bleacher Report…

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