About the San Diego Padres

By | Apr 23, 2007

1) From 1936-1968 the Pacific Coast League had a team from San Diego named the Padres. When the National League expanded into San Diego it was natural for the team to adopt that name and its legacy.

2) In 1973 the Padres drafted from the University of Minnesota Dave Winfield. Winfield was a star outfielder for the University, but he was also a Basketball star. In fact Winfield was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings to play football (even though he had never played a college game) and by teams in both of the Professional Basketball leagues, The Atlanta Hawks in the NBA and the Utah Stars of the ABA. The Padres, to convince him to play baseball, moved him to the team without playing a game in the minor leagues. He played for the Padres until 1981 when as a free agent he signed with the New York Yankees. Even though many of his best years were with the Yankees and later the Blue Jays, Winfield join the Hall of Fame as a Padre. The first to be inducted as a Padre and the only one until Tony Gwynn is inducted in August 2007.

3) The Padres have won 5 Divisional titles. Even though they have not won a World Series championship they have won 2 National League pennants.

4) The Padres have retired the uniform numbers; 6-Steve Garvey, 19-Tony Gwynn, 31-Dave Winfield, OF, 35-Randy Jones.

5) The Padres play their home game at PETCO Park. The stadium opened in 2004 with a capacity of 42,445.

6) The team is owned John Moores. At the beginning of the 2007 season are managed by Bud Black.


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