Former Major League baseball pitcher Ed Whitson has some fond memories from his playing career.

Former Major League baseball pitcher Ed Whitson has some fond memories from his playing career.

Whitson, a volunteer assistant with the Dublin Jerome High School baseball program, will get a chance to reflect on those memories as he has been invited to celebrate the San Francisco Giants' 50-year anniversary next month. Whitson, who pitched for the Giants for nearly three seasons, will participate in a special day for pitchers and catchers July 19 at AT&T Park when the Giants play the Milwaukee Brewers.

"We had a good relationship out there, so anytime you can go back to one of your former teams, it's always a plus," said Whitson, whose son, Drew, is a pitcher and first baseman at Jerome. "You get to see most of your buddies out there. It will be fun. They pay for everything. Everything is first-class when these baseball teams do stuff like this."

Whitson, a fan favorite during his days in San Francisco, has been a part of two previous celebrations. To celebrate San Francisco playing host to the All-Star Game last season, Whitson was one of several former all-stars who attended Opening Day ceremonies. He represented the Giants in the 1980 All-Star Game, but did not pitch.

He also helped commemorate the Giants playing host to the 1984 All-Star Game.

Whitson, 53, began his career in 1977 with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the Giants during the 1979 season. The Pirates went on to win the World Series that season, beating the Baltimore Orioles in seven games. Whitson recalls receiving a share of the Pirates' World Series' monetary prize, but regrets not being part of the celebration.

"I thought the world fell apart when Pittsburgh traded me from there," said Whitson, who was traded to San Francisco for four-time National League batting champion Bill Madlock.

He spent three seasons in San Francisco, finishing with a record 22-30. Whitson was the lone Giant to represent the team in the 1980 All-Star Game.

"We had great relationships in San Francisco, but I can remember during the summers out there it was cold," he said.

Whitson was traded to the Cleveland Indians after the 1981 season for second baseman Duane Kuiper, who is the Giants' long-time television announcer.

Whitson pitched for the Indians for one season before being dealt to San Diego in November 1982. It's there where Whitson again collected some fond memories.

In 1984, he helped the Padres reach the World Series before falling to Detroit in five games.

During the National League Championship Series that season, the Padres rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Chicago Cubs in five games to advance to the World Series. Whitson was the winning pitcher in Game 3.

The Padres' run proved to be Whitson's lone postseason appearance.

Whitson signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees in December 1984 before being traded back to the Padres in July 1986. He finished his career in San Diego.

"My fondest memories are in San Diego," Whitson said. "I played nine seasons in San Diego. I only played a little over two and a half years with San Francisco, but it was fun while I played out there."

For his career, Whitson was 126-123 in 452 games with a 3.70 ERA, 1,266 strikeouts and 698 walks. He was 1-1 in the 1984 postseason.

Whitson has shared his baseball stories with the Jerome players and coaching staff.

"He's always giving advice and his opinion on things," said Tim Kiste, who is the coach of the Dublin American Legion Post 800J (Jerome) team. "His knowledge and experience has been a big help. He really helps these pitchers out a lot, too.

"Obviously, all these pitching tips he gives them help. There are a lot of kids that are pitching for us this summer that don't pitch during the regular season, so they haven't been on the mound. His advice and help has been real helpful for us."