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San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego, California. They are in the Western Division of the National League.

Founded: 1969 (National League expansion)
Home ballpark: PETCO Park (2004)
Former home ballpark: Qualcomm Stadium (formerly Jack Murphy Stadium) (1969-2003)
Uniform colors: Navy blue, Orange, and White
Logo design: Gold "SAN DIEGO" in small capitals and large, stylized white "Padres" superimposed over an outline of home plate; blue background with wave design in bottom half of home plate.
Wild Card titles won (0): none
Division titles won (3): 1984, 1996, 1998
National League pennants won (2): 1984, 1998
World Series championships won (0): none

Table of contents
1 Franchise history
2 Players of note
3 External links

Franchise history

The Padres actually arrived in San Diego in 1936. Originally a minor league team, they won the Pacific Coast League title in 1937 (led by then 18-year old San Diegan Ted Williams).

In 1969, San Diego joined the ranks of Major League Baseball as one of four new expansion teams. Despite initial excitement and a new playing field at San Diego (now Qualcomm) Stadium, the team struggled, finishing in last place in each of its first six seasons.

In 1974, with the team on the brink of relocating to Washington, D.C, Ray A. Kroc (founder of McDonald's restaurants) purchased the Padres and kept them in San Diego. He died just before he could see his team win their first National League pennant in 1984. His wife, Joan, assumed control of the team until selling it in 1990.

The San Diego Chicken began performing for the team in 1974.

Despite featuring such notable players as Randy Jones, Dave Winfield, Ozzie Smith, Tony Gwynn, and Trevor Hoffman, the Padres have had limited success, going to the playoffs only three times during their Major League tenure. The team will mark its 36th year in a new playing field, PETCO Park, in 2004.

Players of note

Baseball Hall of Famers

Current stars

Not to be forgotten

Retired numbers

External links

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