Chandler and Swank utilize their numerous contacts to bring readers many inside stories and humorous anecdotes dating back to the team's birth on May 27, 1968. Readers will hear from Padres favorites, such as Tony Gwynn, Steve Garvey, Trevor Hoffman, newly signed Manny Machado, and many others as they provide insight and a behind-the-scenes perspective on this beloved franchise.
Newly updated to include the 2019 season, this book is a must-have for any Padres fan.
About the Author
Bill Swank is San Diego’s preeminent baseball historian. He has authored or co-authored eight previous books, including his award winning Echoes from Lane Field. He also played second base for the original House of David baseball team as Santa Claus. Swank graduated from San Diego State in 1962 and is a retired probations officer. He still resides in San Diego.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Two Straight Division Pennants! 1
Chapter 2 A Franchise is Born 13
Chapter 3 From Jose Arcia to Ozzie Smith 18
Chapter 4 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly 26
Chapter 5 Early Padres Stars 38
Chapter 6 Broadcasting 56
Chapter 7 Ray Kroc 73
Chapter 8 Spring Training 80
Chapter 9 Hang a Star on 1984 88
Chapter 10 Three frustrating Seasons 107
Chapter 11 The Most Exciting Season in Franchise History 117
Chapter 12 The Best Season-1998 127
Chapter 13 Potpourri 142
Chapter 14 On the Road 154
Chapter 15 Characters 159
Chapter 16 Tony Gwynn Bits and Pieces 172