San Diego Padres in History

Events in Sport

  • 1968-05-28 NL grants San Diego Padres a franchise
  • 1968-10-14 In NL expansion draft, Expos & Padres choose 30 players each
  • 1969-04-08 Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
  • 1970-04-22 NY Met Tom Seaver strikes out last 10 Padres, for a total of 19
  • 1970-05-23 San Diego Padres beat SF Giants 17-16 in 15 innings
  • 1970-06-04 San Diego Padres draft Mike Ivie #1
  • 1970-06-12 Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Doc Ellis no-hits the Padres, 2-0 at San Diego Stadium
  • 1970-07-21 Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 inn, but is lifted for a pinch hitter, Reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 3 hits & Padres lose, 3-0
  • 1971-09-24 Houston Astros beat San Diego Padres, 2-1, in 21 innings
  • 1972-06-07 Pirate's Gene Alley bases-loaded walk, beats Padres 1-0 in 18th
  • 1972-06-08 Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2
  • 1972-08-01 Nate Colbert hits MLB record tying 5 HRs and record 13 RBI as Padres beat Atlanta 9-0, 11-7 in a doubleheader
  • 1972-09-02 Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas no-hits San Diego Padres, 8-0
  • 1973-08-05 Braves pitcher Phil Niekro no-hits the San Diego Padres, 9-0, the first for the franchise in Atlanta
  • 1973-09-19 NL refuses to allow San Diego Padres move to Washington, D.C.
  • 1973-10-25 SF Giants trade Willie McCovey to San Diego Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell

  • 1973-12-06 NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington, D.C. (doesn't happen)
  • 1973-12-12 San Diego files anti-trust against NL (stopping Padres move to DC)

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1974-01-25 Ray Kroc, CEO of McDonald's buys San Diego Padres baseball team for $12 million

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • 1974-04-09 San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans "Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life"
  • 1974-05-27 Pirates Ken Brett no-hits Padres until 9th inning
  • 1974-06-07 Padres draft Brown University shortstop Bill Almon #1
  • 1977-05-21 San Diego Padres beat Mont Expos, 11-8, in 21 innings

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1977-08-29 St Louis Cardinal Lou Brock eclipses Ty Cobb's 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893 as Padres win 4-3

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1977-09-06 Angels acquire Dave Kingman from Padres for cash, 9 days later Yankees buy Kingman (started with Mets) who plays in all 4 divisions in 1977
  • 1978-01-25 Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin & $125,000 to Rangers for Gaylord Perry (He wins 1978 Cy Young Award)
  • 1978-03-21 Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training)
  • 1978-10-25 Padres Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL)
  • 1979-03-26 Padres & Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject it
  • 1980-09-25 Jerry Mumphrey joins Ozzie Smith, & Gene Richards to steal 50 bases this year for Padres
  • 1982-08-14 Atlanta snaps an 11-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over Padres
  • 1984-08-12 Braves beat Padres 5-3, features 2 brawls & 19 ejections
  • 1984-10-02 Due to a strike by MLB umpires, first 4 NLCS games played with replacement umpires; Game 1: Chicago Cubs beat SD Padres, 13-0
  • 1984-10-07 Striking umps return for Game 5 of NLCS, San Diego Padres win pennant
  • 1984-10-07 MLB National League Championship: San Diego Padres beat Chicago Cubs, 3 games to 2
  • 1984-10-14 Detroit Tigers beat San Diego Padres, 4 games to 1 in 81st World Series

  • 1984-12-27 Padres' free agent pitcher Ed Whitson signs with NY Yankees
  • 1985-07-16 All star MVP: LaMarr Hoyt (San Diego Padres)
  • 1985-09-03 NY Mets catcher Gary Carter smashes 3 consecutive HRs in an 8-3 win v San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium

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1985-09-11 Pete Rose of Cincinnati Reds gets career hit 4,192 off Eric Show of San Diego Padres, eclipsing Ty Cobb's record

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1986-07-09 Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson
  • 1986-10-29 Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt is arrested at US-Mexico border for drugs
  • 1987-04-13 1st 3 San Diego Padres hit HRs off SF starter Roger Mason
  • 1987-09-26 Padres Benito Santiago sets rookie hitting streak to 28 games
  • 1987-10-03 San Diego catcher Benito Santiago's MLB rookie record 34-game hitting streak ends as Padres snap 9-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory v LA Dodgers
  • 1987-11-04 Benito Santiago, Padres catcher, wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1988-06-13 45th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Mark Davis (Padres)/Mike Krukow
  • 1988-06-27 Reds bat out of order against Padres in 1st inning
  • 1989-11-14 Padres reliever Mark Davis wins NL Cy Young Award

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1990-07-25 Roseanne Barr sings the National Anthem at Cincinnati Reds-San Diego Padres game

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr
  • 1991-09-11 Atlanta Braves Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers & Alejandro Pena pitched 1st combined no-hitter in NL, beating San Diego Padres, 1-0

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1991-09-13 Joe Carter 1st baseball player with 3 consecutive 100 RBI seasons with 3 different teams (Indians, Padres, Blue Jays)

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • 1992-10-03 Atlanta Braves end season with 1-0 victory v San Diego Padres at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium for franchise record 98th MLB win (old record 95 in 1957)
  • 1993-08-24 Padres scores 14 in 1st vs Cardinals
  • 1994-05-31 Padres scores 13 in 2nd vs Pirates
  • 1995-09-19 Padres Ken Caminiti switch hits HRs in 3rd of 4 games
  • 1996-09-29 San Diego Padres sweep LA Dodgers in race for NL West title
  • 1996-11-13 Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti is 4th unanimous winner of NL MVP
  • 1997-04-19 San Diego Padres & St Louis Cards play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
  • 1997-04-20 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader
  • 1997-05-09 San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones

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1997-08-13 San Diego Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1998-10-14 MLB National League Championship: San Diego Padres beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2
  • 1998-10-21 New York Yankees beat San Diego, 3-0 in Game 4 at Qualcomm Stadium to sweep Padres and win 2nd Baseball World Series in 3 years; Yankees 3rd baseman Scott Brosius MVP
  • 2001-09-03 In just his 11th start, St. Louis Cardinals' rookie pitcher Bud Smith no-hits the San Diego Padres, 4-0
  • 2001-10-03 San Diego outfielder Rickey Henderson scores a run in the 3rd inning of the Padres' 12-5 loss to LA Dodgers to tie the MLB record of 2,245 runs scored held by the legendary Ty Cobb
  • 2002-05-01 Padres closer Trevor Hoffman sets MLB record for saves for one team (321) in 4-3 win v Chicago Cubs in San Diego
  • 2006-08-06 For a MLB record 11th time in his career, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman records 30 or more saves in a season; beats mark set by Lee Smith, baseball's all-time saves leader

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2006-12-05 Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • 2019-02-19 Four-time MLB All-Star at 3B Manny Machado agrees to the biggest free-agent contract in American sports history, a 10 year deal worth $300 million with the San Diego Padres

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestRay Kroc

1902-10-05 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1984)

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • 1924-09-14 Jerry Coleman, American MLB 2nd baseman, born in San Jose, California (d. 2014)
  • 1928-08-27 Joan Kroc [Mansfield], American 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, born in West St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 1944-08-20 Graig Nettles, American MLB 3rd baseman (NY Yankees, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948-12-22 Steve Garvey, American baseball player (LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1950-04-12 Tom Werner, American producer (Roseanne, Cosby Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951-07-05 Rich "Goose" Gossage, American Baseball Hall of Fame relief pitcher (9-time All Star), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1955-05-19 Ed Whitson, pitcher (NY Yankees, San Diego Padres)
  • 1955-11-10 Jack Clark, Penns, American MLB outfielder (Giants, Cards, Yanks, Padres), born in New Brighton, Pennsylvania
  • 1957-09-29 Tim Flannery, DJ/MLB player (San Diego Padres)
  • 1960-05-09 Tony Gwynn, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8-time NL batting champion), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • 1960-11-01 Fernando Valenzuela, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (no-hitter 1990; 6-time MLB All Star; LA Dodgers; NL Cy Young Award 1981), born in Navajua, Sonora
  • 1960-11-30 Bob Tewksbury, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1962-07-26 Jody Reed, American infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963-01-07 Craig Shipley, Australian-American baseball infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Parramatta, Australia
  • 1963-04-21 Ken Caminiti, infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Hanford, California
  • 1964-01-17 Jeff Tabaka, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Barberton, Ohio
  • 1964-10-13 Chris Gwynn, American baseball outfielder (San Diego Padres), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965-03-12 Steve Finley, American MLB outfielder (San Diego Padres), born in Union City Tennessee
  • 1965-07-03 Greg Vaughn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1993, 96, 98, 2001); Silver Slugger Award 1998; Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965-07-15 Scott Livingstone, infielder (San Diego Padres, Det Tigers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965-12-18 Willie Blair, Paintsville KY, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 1966-10-06 Archi Cianfrocco, infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Rome, New York
  • 1967-07-05 Tim Worrell, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1967-07-11 Andy Ashby, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1967-10-13 Trevor Hoffman, American Baseball Hall of Fame closer (first pitcher to 500 & 600 saves milestone), born Bellflower, California
  • 1967-10-21 John Flaherty, American baseball catcher (Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees) and broadcaster (YES Network, NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968-01-08 Brian Johnson, American catcher (San Diego Padres), born in Oakland, California
  • 1969-01-27 Phil Plantier, outfielder (San Diego Padres, Red Sox, A's), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1969-03-25 Scott Sanders, Hannibal MO, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 1970-01-16 Ron Villone, American pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1970-04-11 Sean Bergman, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1970-07-05 Doug Bochtler, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1970-07-21 Bryce Florie, American pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1970-09-04 Luis Lopez, Puerto Rican baseball infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Cidra, Puerto Rico
  • 1970-09-09 Joey Hamilton, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • 1971-01-25 Kerry Taylor, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Bemidji, Minnesota
  • 1971-06-16 Chris Gomez, American baseball infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972-10-19 Marc Newfield, outfielder (San Diego Padres), born in Sacramento, California

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestRay Kroc

1984-01-14 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, dies of heart failure at 81

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • 2003-10-12 Joan Kroc [Mansfield], American philanthropist and 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, dies of a brain tumor at 75
  • 2008-05-01 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, California Angels), dies at 93