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Padres Team History
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San Diego Padres Early History
The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team that plays in the Western Division of the National League. The San Diego Padres have been a franchise in the MLB since 1969. The Padres adopted their name from the Pacific Coast League team which arrived in San Diego in 1936. That minor league franchise won the PCL title in 1937, led by then-18-year-old San Diegan Ted Williams The team's name, Spanish for "fathers", refers to the Spanish Franciscan friars who founded San Diego in 1769.
San Diego Padres World Series
In 1969, the San Diego Padres joined the ranks of Major League Baseball as one of four new expansion teams, along with the Montreal Expos, the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Pilots. The San Diego Padres have won two National League Championships, in 1984 and 1998. However, they have lost both World Series. In 1984, the Padres lost to Jack Morris and the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 1. In 1998, the Padres were defeated by the New York Yankees in four games.
Hall of Famers
The San Diego Padres have had two players enter the Hall of Fame as a San Diego Padre. Tony Gwynn and Dave Winfield are both enshrined in Cooperstown as Padres. Both were elite players, as both amassed 3,000 hits. Tony Gwynn is considered one of the finest hitters of all-time, with a .338 career batting average and 3,181 hits. He played his entire 20-year career with the Padres. Winfield played his first 7 seasons with the Padres and collected 3,110 hits over his 22-year career.