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1969: Padres Finish As They Started, with a Win

October 2, 1969, San Francisco: Padres 3, Giants 2 (box score) Prior to the Padres’ inaugural season, manager Preston Gomez and his coaching staff had hoped their club could win 60 games. Although they fell short of that mark, they fared much better than the last National League expansion team, the historically inept 1962 New [...]

1969: Padres Squander Early Lead, Come Back Late to Win

September 23, 1969, San Diego: Padres 5, Giants 4 (box score) The Padres wasted no time in getting to San Francisco starter Frank McCormick. After Jose Arcia led off the first with a single, Roberto Pena doubled him home and took third on an error. One out later, Al Ferrara singled to left, plating Pena. [...]

1969: Padres Capitalize on Fuentes Error, Rout Giants

July 15, 1969, San Francisco: Padres 10, Giants 3 (

1969: Marichal Marches Giants Past Niekro, Padres

July 2, 1969, San Diego: Giants 6, Padres 3 (box score) I hope that if nothing else, this look back at the Padres’ inaugural season has given everyone a greater appreciation for where the franchise is now. Honestly, if the club hadn’t been doing so well over the past few seasons, I’m not sure I [...]

1969: July Starts the Way June Ended, with a Loss

July 1, 1969, San Diego: Giants 5, Padres 4 (box score) The good news is that the Padres managed to collect 10 hits and score four runs. The bad news is that shoddy defense cost San Diego three runs and, ultimately, the game. The Giants got to starter Dick Kelley right away. Bobby Bonds and [...]

1969: Falling? We Haven’t Even Started

June 30, 1969, San Diego: Giants 6, Padres 1 (box score) The scary thing isn’t that the Padres went 7-22 in June to bring their season record to 27-52, it’s that they went 25-58 the rest of the way. As a relative newcomer to the party who has had to “suffer” through the ’93 Fire [...]

1969: Padres Fall to Perry Again

April 19, 1969, San Francisco: Giants 5, Padres 3 (box score) Any hope the Padres had of building momentum based on the previous night’s victory evaporated quickly. In a rematch of the April 13 contest in San Diego, right-handers Dick Selma and Gaylord Perry went to battle at Candlestick Park. Perry had won the first [...]

1969: Padres Lose Again to Marichal

April 17, 1969, San Francisco: Giants 5, Padres 4 (box score) Nine games into their existence as a big-league franchise, the Padres scored more than two runs in a game for the very first time. After pouncing on Juan Marichal for two runs in the top of the first inning and adding another in the [...]

1969: Padres Swept by Giants, Fall to .500

April 13, 1969, San Diego: Giants 5, Padres 1 (box score) San Francisco’s Gaylord Perry toed the slab against Padres opening day winner, Dick Selma. Unfortunately for the home team, Selma never got into a groove. Willie McCovey led off the top of the second with a home run to right, and Hal Lanier singled [...]

1969: Padres Drop Second Straight to Giants

April 12, 1969, San Diego: Giants 5, Padres 1 (box score) In the first Saturday game at San Diego Stadium, the Padres and Giants drew just 20,356 people. I know this sounds like a terrible turnout, but consider that 12 big-league games were played that day. Of those, only the Reds at Braves and the [...]