San Diego Padres (PCL)

The San Diego Padres were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League from 1936 through 1968. The team that would eventually become the Padres was well traveled prior to moving to San Diego. It began its existence in 1903 as the Sacramento Solons, a charter member of the PCL. The team moved to Tacoma in 1904 (where it won the PCL pennant), returned to Sacramento in 1905, then left the PCL altogether for the next three seasons. The Solons rejoined the PCL in 1909, then moved to San Francisco during the 1914 season, finishing out the season as the San Francisco Missions. The team was sold to businessman Bill "Hardpan" Lane, who moved the team to Salt Lake City for the 1915 season as the Salt Lake Bees.

Eleven years later Lane moved the Bees to Los Angeles for the 1926 season, and changed their name to the Hollywood Stars. The Stars played at Wrigley Field, home of the Los Angeles Angels, winning pennants in 1929 and 1930. When, after the 1935 season, the Angels doubled the Stars' rent, Lane moved the Stars to San Diego for the 1936 season, to become the San Diego Padres.

The city constructed a waterfront stadium for its new team, appropriately called Lane Field, replacing a race track that was on the site. The team finished second in its inaugural year in the border city, then won the postseason series and the PCL pennant in 1937, led by the hitting of sophomore outfielder Ted Williams, who was first signed to a contract in 1936.

Though for the next decade or more the Padres were mired in the second division, at last this franchise achieved stability and longevity. The team remained in San Diego for 33 years, displaced only by virtue of San Diego's admission to the major leagues. In 1954, managed by former major league player Lefty O'Doul, the Padres finished first in the PCL for the first time in their history, but were eliminated in the postseason playoffs.

After the 1957 season, the Padres were sold to C. Arnholdt Smith, who moved the team from ancient Lane Field to Westgate Park, an 8,200-seat facility located in what is now the Fashion Valley Mall of Mission Valley. In 1960, Smith brought in Eddie Leishman as general manager and club president. Leishman, who had helped to run the Yankee farm system throughout the previous 10 years, was brought in with the goal of bringing the team to the Major Leagues. The Padres proceeded to win PCL pennants in 1962, 1964, and 1967. The Padres were the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds from 1962–65; some of their players (including Tony Pérez) would become vital cogs of what was called the "Big Red Machine" Reds' teams of the 1970s. The Pads won a final PCL pennant in 1967 as a farm club of the Philadelphia Phillies.

In 1967, Smith won a bid for an expansion team in the National League for the 1969 season. After the 1968 PCL season, he surrendered the franchise, which moved to Eugene, Oregon, and transferred the Padre name to his new NL team, the San Diego Padres. Leishman was named general manager of the MLB Padres, with club president and minority investor Buzzie Bavasi, formerly GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing a dominant role in its baseball operations.

San Diego Padres
San Diego, California
  • Triple-A (1946–1951, 1958–1968)
  • Open (1952–1957)
  • Double-A (1936–1945)
Minor league affiliations
LeaguePacific Coast League (1936–1968)
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles 1937, 1962, 1964, 1967
Team data
Previous names
San Diego Padres (1936–1968)
Previous parks


The Padres, like most PCL clubs, operated without a working agreement with or outright ownership by a major league team throughout much of the 1930s and 1940s, and again in the mid-1950s when the PCL was an Open Classification league attempting to attain MLB status. They were affiliated with the following major league teams:

Year(s) Affiliation
1936 Boston Red Sox
1949–51; 1957–59 Cleveland Indians
1960–61 Chicago White Sox
1962–65 Cincinnati Reds
1966–68 Philadelphia Phillies

Notable players


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Bucky Harris

Stanley Raymond "Bucky" Harris (November 8, 1896 – November 8, 1977) was an American Major League Baseball player, manager and executive. In 1975, the Veterans Committee elected Harris, as a manager, to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Catfish Metkovich

George Michael "Catfish" Metkovich (October 8, 1920 — May 17, 1995) was an American outfielder and first baseman in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox (1943–46), Cleveland Indians (1947), Chicago White Sox (1949), Pittsburgh Pirates (1951–53), Chicago Cubs (1953) and Milwaukee Braves (1954). Born in Angels Camp, California, to Croatian parents, Metkovich earned his nickname when he stepped on a catfish during a fishing trip and cut his foot; the injury and ensuing infection caused him to miss several games.Metkovich stood 6'1" (185 cm) tall, weighed 185 pounds (84 kg), and batted and threw left-handed. He helped the Red Sox win the 1946 American League pennant as the team's semi-regular right fielder. He appeared as a pinch hitter twice in the 1946 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. After flying out against Red Munger in Game 4, Metkovich's pinch double off Murry Dickson in the eighth inning of Game 7 helped the Red Sox come back from a 3–1 deficit. He scored the tying run on a double by Dom DiMaggio. But in the bottom of the same inning, the Cardinals broke the 3–3 tie on Enos Slaughter's "mad dash" to win the game and the world championship.

Metkovich's early career was spent in the American League, but his salad days were in the National League of the early 1950s. He finished 38th in voting for the 1952 National League Most Valuable Player, playing in 125 games and batting .271 with 101 hits, 7 home runs, and 41 RBIs. In his 10 MLB seasons he played in 1055 games, batting .261 with 934 hits, 47 home runs, and 373 RBIs.

Metkovich's playing career spanned 19 years (1939–57). He managed the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League from May 16, 1957, through July 23, 1960, posting three winning records. He also briefly scouted for the expansion Washington Senators in the early 1960s.

Metkovich appeared in several Hollywood movies between 1949 and 1952. In "Three Little Words (1950)", he performed in several slapstick comedy scenes with Red Skelton.

He died in Costa Mesa, California, at the age of 74. In 2013, Metkovich was inducted posthumously in the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.

Dave Bristol

James David Bristol (born June 23, 1933) is an American former manager in Major League Baseball in the 1960s and 1970s. He managed the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, and San Francisco Giants during this period.

Doug Clemens

Douglas Horace Clemens (June 9, 1939), is an American former professional baseball outfielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1960–1968 for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals. During Clemens’ playing days, he stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, weighing 180 pounds (82 kg). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

Eddie Leishman

Edwin W. Leishman (December 20, 1910 — December 28, 1972) was an American professional baseball player, manager and executive. He was the first general manager of the San Diego Padres when they joined Major League Baseball, serving from late 1968 until 1972. Immediately before, Leishman had been the GM of the Triple-A, Pacific Coast League edition of the Padres from 1960 to 1968.

Frank Shellenback

Frank Victor Shellenback (December 16, 1898 – August 17, 1969) was an American pitcher, pitching coach, and scout in Major League Baseball. As a pitcher, he was famous as an expert spitballer when the pitch was still legal in organized baseball; however, because Shellenback, then 21, was on a minor league roster when the spitball was outlawed after the 1919 season, he was banned from throwing the pitch in the Major Leagues. As a result, Shellenback spent 19 years (1920–38) — the remainder of his active career — throwing the spitball legally in the Pacific Coast League. He won a record 295 PCL games.

Jimmie Reese

Jimmie Reese (October 1, 1901 – July 13, 1994) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) infielder. He played second base, third base, and then coached at several professional levels.

Lefty O'Doul

Francis Joseph "Lefty" O'Doul (March 4, 1897 – December 7, 1969) was an American Major League Baseball player who went on to become an extraordinarily successful manager in the minor leagues. He was also a vital figure in the establishment of professional baseball in Japan.

List of Philadelphia Phillies award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Philadelphia Phillies professional baseball team.

List of Seattle Mariners uniform promotion games

The following is a list of Seattle Mariners uniform promotion games. The games are often known as the "Turn Back the Clock Night" where they don throwback uniforms. The Mariners have played games in promotional uniforms since the 1993 season, excluding 1997, and 2000–2004. In 1994, the Mariners played the Oakland Athletics in a promotion titled "Salute to the [Seattle] Rainiers" where the two teams donned 1955 Pacific Coast League uniforms. In 1995, the Mariners wore uniforms from the Seattle Steelheads, a short-lived Negro league baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. Although not a "throwback", the Mariners have played two games in futuristic styled uniforms on a promotion night titled, "Turn Ahead the Clock". The "Turn Ahead the Clock" game was originated by the Mariners promotional staff in 1998, and in 1999 the promotion was picked up by 19 other Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises. Outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. helped design the original 1998 uniforms. Although the league-wide promotion has been criticized, the original Mariners' promotion proved successful. In all, the Mariners have played 13 uniform promotion games. Their all-time record is seven wins, and six losses. The Mariners have played the Kansas City Royals three times, including their first jersey promotion game on May 21, 1993. The Mariners have also played the Oakland Athletics (three times), the Milwaukee Brewers (twice), the Minnesota Twins (once), the San Diego Padres (three times), the Detroit Tigers (once), the Cleveland Indians (once), and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (once). The Mariners have played eight uniform promotion games at home, and six away.

List of baseball parks in San Diego

This is a list of venues used for professional baseball in San Diego, California. The information is a compilation of the information contained in the references listed.

name of ballpark(s) unknown

San Diego - Southern California Trolley League (1910 only)

San Diego Bears - Southern California League (1913 only)

San Diego Aces - California State League (1929 only)Lane Field (baseball)

Occupant: San Diego Padres - Pacific Coast League (1936-1957)

Location: West Broadway (south, first base); Harbor Drive (west, third base); Pacific Highway (east, right field); buildings and Ash Street (north, left field)

Previously: U.S. Navy athletic field

Currently: Cruise Ship ParkingWestgate Park

Occupant: San Diego Padres - PCL (1958-1967)

Location: Friars Road at Route 163

Currently: Fashion Valley MallQualcomm Stadium a.k.a. San Diego Stadium and Jack Murphy Stadium


San Diego Padres - PCL (1968 only)

San Diego Padres - National League (1969-2003)

Location: 9449 Friars Road

Currently: Still in use by other sports teamsPetco Park

Occupant: San Diego Padres - NL (2004-present)

Location: 100 Park Boulevard - between 7th and 10th Avenues; J Street (north); San Diego Trolley (south)

List of defunct Pacific Coast League teams

The following is a list of defunct teams that formerly played in the Pacific Coast League of Minor League Baseball.

Albuquerque Dukes

Arkansas Travelers

Calgary Cannons

Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Dallas Rangers

Denver Bears

Edmonton Trappers

Eugene Emeralds

Fresno Raisin Eaters

Hawaii Islanders

Hollywood Stars

Indianapolis Indians

Los Angeles Angels (PCL)

Mission Reds

Oakland Oaks (PCL)

Ogden A's

Oklahoma City 89ers

Omaha Golden Spikes

Phoenix Firebirds

Sacramento Solons

San Diego Padres (PCL)

Salt Lake City Angels

Salt Lake City Gulls

San Francisco Seals (PCL)

San Jose Missions

Seattle Rainiers

Spokane Indians

Tacoma Tigers

Tucson Padres

Tucson Toros

Tulsa Oilers

Vancouver Canadians

Vancouver Mounties

Vernon Tigers

Padres (disambiguation)

The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego, California.

Padres may also refer to

PADRES, a Chicano priests' organization

PADRES (Publish Subscribe), an event management infrastructure

Tucson Padres, a minor league baseball team in Tucson, Arizona

San Diego Padres (PCL), a former minor league franchise in the Pacific Coast League

Padres FC, a football club in Australia

SDCCU Stadium

SDCCU Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in San Diego, California, United States. The stadium opened in 1967 as San Diego Stadium and was known as Jack Murphy Stadium from 1981 to 1997. From 1997 to 2017, the stadium's naming rights were owned by San Diego-based telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm, and the stadium was known as Qualcomm Stadium. The naming rights expired on June 14, 2017, and the stadium was renamed SDCCU Stadium on September 19, 2017.It is the home of the San Diego State Aztecs football team from San Diego State University. One college football bowl game, the Holiday Bowl, is held in the stadium every December. It was briefly also the home of the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football in early 2019. The stadium was the longtime home of two professional franchises: the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL) and the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Chargers played at the stadium from 1967 through the 2016 season, after which they moved to Los Angeles to become the Los Angeles Chargers. The Padres played home games at the stadium from their founding in 1969 through the 2003 season, when they moved to Petco Park in downtown San Diego. The stadium was also home to a second college bowl game, the Poinsettia Bowl, from 2005 until its discontinuation following the 2016 edition.

The stadium has hosted three Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXII in 1988, Super Bowl XXXII in 1998, and Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003. It has also hosted the 1978 and 1992 Major League Baseball All-Star Games, as well as games of the 1996 and 1998 National League Division Series, the 1984 and 1998 National League Championship Series, and the 1984 and 1998 World Series. It is the only stadium ever to host both the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year (1998), and it is one of three stadiums to host the World Series, the MLB All-Star Game, and the Super Bowl, along with the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

The stadium is located immediately northwest of the interchange of Interstates 8 and 15. The neighborhood surrounding the stadium is known as Mission Valley, in reference to the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, which is located to the east, and its placement in the valley of the San Diego River. The stadium is served by the Stadium station of the San Diego Trolley, accessible via the Green Line running toward Downtown San Diego to the west, and Santee to the east.


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