From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

1969

 

We’re Undefeated!

April 8, 1969

The Padres win their Major League debut, beating the Houston Astros 2–1. Dick Selma pitches nine innings for the Pads, giving up five hits and striking out 12.


From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

San Diego Padres timeline

1974

 

We’re Lovin’ It

January 25, 1974

McDonald’s magnate Ray Kroc buys the Padres and keeps the team in San Diego after former owner C. Arnholt Smith runs into financial trouble and nearly sells the team to a grocery store owner in Washington, DC.


1976

From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

San Diego Padres timeline

Feeling Randy

Long before Randy Jones would go into the barbecue biz, he’s an All-Star who wins the National League Cy Young Award after going 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA in the regular season.


1984

From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

San Diego Padres timeline

1984 National League Win

Da Garv!

1984

Down two games to none in the National League Championship Series, the team returns from Chicago and is greeted by 12,000 adoring fans. Two home games later, Steve Garvey ties the series with the Cubs by clubbing a breathtaking walk-off homer. The Padres go on to win their first National League title and play in their first World Series (losing to the Detroit Tigers).


1990

 

Lowering the Barr

July 25, 1990

Tom Werner and an investment group purchase the Padres, and since Werner also produces the hit TV show Roseanne, the show’s lead actress is invited to sing the national anthem. Roseanne Barr shrieks and bombs. Fans boo. Barr ends the song by grabbing her crotch and spitting on the field.


1992-93

 

Scorched-Earth Policy

The ’92 season tanks and the "Fire Sale" ensues. By the end of ’93, four of the Padres’ five All-Stars are traded away. The upside: Tony Gwynn remains, and the team picks up pitchers Trevor Hoffman and Andy Ashby.


1994

 

Cheers to Tony

No baseball player has hit above a .400 season batting average since Ted Williams reached .406 in 1941. In this strike-shortened year, Tony Gwynn comes the closest to date, registering a .394 average. (Yes, that’s why AleSmith named a beer San Diego Pale Ale .394.)


1996

 

Call it a Comeback

Three years after the Fire Sale, the team rebounds and bursts into the postseason thanks to an 11th-inning, game-winning double by Chris Gwynn in the regular season finale against the Dodgers.


1998

From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

San Diego Padres timeline

1998 National League Win

Damn Yankees

1998

The Padres dump the Houston Astros to win the NL Division Series. Then they burn past the Atlanta Braves in the NL Championship Series. The Pads’ second-ever World Series appearance, however, is a sweep by the New York Yankees.

 

From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

Rock On

July 25, 1998

The AC/DC song "Hells Bells" accompanies future Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman’s run from the bullpen to the pitcher’s mound for the first time.

 

From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

Everybody Loves a Winner

November 3, 1998

After a memorable postseason, in the general election, 59.5 percent of San Diegans vote to approve construction of a downtown ballpark.


1999

From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

Mr. Padre Delivers

Aug 6, 1999

Tony Gwynn enters rarefied air and becomes just the 22nd player in MLB history to get 3,000 hits. It happens in Canada—in his first at bat of the day against the Montreal Expos.


2004

From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

Our Field of Dreams

April 8, 2004

The Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 4–3 in extra innings in Petco Park’s inaugural Major League game. (In 2016, USA Today names Petco the best ballpark in the country.)


2007

From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

2007 Tony Gwynn’s Hall of Fame

To-ny, To-ny!

July 29, 2007

With a tear in his eye—not to mention most of ours—Tony Gwynn is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. His jersey drapes the county building.


2015

From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

Batter Up!

August 14, 2015

For the first time in Padres history, Matt Kemp hits for the cycle (collecting a single, double, triple, and home run in one game). Wil Myers will repeat the feat on April 10, 2017.


2018

From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

2018 Trevor Hoffman’s Hall of Fame

Trevor Time

July 29, 2018

A city shares in the pride of watching closer extraordinaire Trevor Hoffman inducted into the Hall of Fame.


2019

From 1969 to 2019: A Timeline of the Padres in the MLB

Welcome, Manny!

The Padres reach into their bank account and agree to a 10-year, $300 million contract with 26-year-old superstar infielder Manny Machado.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.