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The 1969 San Diego Padres season was the inaugural season in franchise history. They joined the National League along with the Montreal Expos via the 1969 Major League Baseball expansion. In their inaugural season, the Padres went 52–110 (the same record as their expansion counterpart), finishing last in the National League's newly created Western Division, 41 games behind the division champion Atlanta Braves.

1969 San Diego Padres
Inaugural Season
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)C. Arnholdt Smith
General manager(s)Buzzie Bavasi
Manager(s)Preston Gómez
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(Duke Snider, Frank Sims, Jerry Gross)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Expansion draftEdit

The 1968 MLB expansion draft was held on October 14, 1968. Below is a list of players drafted by the Padres. "Pick" refers to the overall draft position of a pick.

Player Former Team Pick
Ollie Brown[1] San Francisco Giants 1st
Dave Giusti St. Louis Cardinals 3rd
Dick Selma New York Mets 5th
Al Santorini[2] Atlanta Braves 7th
José Arcia Chicago Cubs 9th
Clay Kirby St. Louis Cardinals 12th
Fred Kendall Cincinnati Reds 14th
Jerry Morales New York Mets 16th
Nate Colbert[3] Houston Astros 18th
Zoilo Versalles Los Angeles Dodgers 20th
Frank Reberger Chicago Cubs 22nd
Jerry DaVanon St. Louis Cardinals 24th
Larry Stahl[4] New York Mets 26th
Dick Kelley Atlanta Braves 28th
Al Ferrara Los Angeles Dodgers 30th
Mike Corkins San Francisco Giants 31st
Tom Dukes Houston Astros 33rd
Rick James Chicago Cubs 35th
Tony González Philadelphia Phillies 37th
Dave Roberts Pittsburgh Pirates 39th
Don Shaw New York Mets 40th
Ivan Murrell Houston Astros 42nd
Jim Williams Los Angeles Dodgers 44th
Billy McCool Cincinnati Reds 46th
Roberto Peña Philadelphia Phillies 48th
Al McBean Pittsburgh Pirates 50th
Rafael Robles San Francisco Giants 51st
Fred Katawczik Cincinnati Reds 53rd
Ron Slocum Pittsburgh Pirates 55th
Steve Arlin Philadelphia Philles 57th
Cito Gaston[5] Atlanta Braves 59th

Other transactionsEdit

1968 MLB June amateur draftEdit

The Padres and Montreal Expos, along with the two American League expansion teams set to debut in 1969, the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Pilots, were allowed to participate in the June 1968 MLB first-year player draft, although the new teams were barred from the lottery's first three rounds. The Padres drafted only 16 players in the 1968 June draft, and of the players the Padres were able to sign, one (outfielder Dave Robinson) reached the major leagues.[8]

Regular seasonEdit

The first gameEdit

ScorecardEdit

April 8, San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
San Diego 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 x 2 4 0
W: Selma (1–0)  L: Wilson (0–1)  
HRs: Spiezio (1)

BattingEdit

Houston Astros AB R H RBI San Diego Padres AB R H RBI
Alou rf 4 1 3 0 Robles ss 4 0 0 0
Morgan 2b 3 0 0 0 Peña 2b 3 1 0 0
Miller cf 4 0 0 0 González cf 4 0 0 0
Rader 3b 4 0 1 1 Brown rf 4 0 1 1
Blefary 1b 4 0 1 0 Davis 1b 3 0 0 0
Watson lf 4 0 0 0 Colbert 1b 0 0 0 0
Menke ss 3 0 0 0 Stahl lf 3 0 0 0
Edwards c 3 0 0 0 Spiezio 3b 3 1 1 0
Wilson p 2 0 0 0 Cannizzaro c 2 0 0 0
Geiger ph 1 0 0 0 Selma p 2 0 2 0
Billingham p 0 0 0 0 NONE 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 1 5 1 Totals 28 2 4 2

PitchingEdit

Houston Astros IP H R ER BB SO
Wilson, L (0–1) 6.0 3 2 2 1 4
Billingham 2.0 1 0 0 0 3
Totals 8.0 4 2 2 1 7
San Diego Padres IP H R ER BB SO
Selma, W (1–0) 9.0 5 1 1 2 12
Totals 9.0 5 1 1 2 12

Season standingsEdit

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 93 69 0.574 50–31 43–38
San Francisco Giants 90 72 0.556 3 52–29 38–43
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 0.549 4 50–31 39–42
Los Angeles Dodgers 85 77 0.525 8 50–31 35–46
Houston Astros 81 81 0.500 12 52–29 29–52
San Diego Padres 52 110 0.321 41 28–53 24–57

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1969 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 3–9 12–6 15–3 9–9 8–4 4–8 6–6 8–4 13–5 9–9 6–6
Chicago 9–3 6–6–1 8–4 6–6 10–8 8–10 12–6 7–11 11–1 6–6 9–9
Cincinnati 6–12 6–6–1 9–9 10–8 8–4 6–6 10–2 5–7 11–7 10–8 8–4
Houston 3–15 4–8 9–9 6–12 11–1 10–2 8–4 3–9 10–8 10–8 7–5
Los Angeles 9–9 6–6 8–10 12–6 10–2 4–8 8–4 8–4 12–6 5–13 3–9
Montreal 4–8 8–10 4–8 1–11 2–10 5–13 11–7 5–13 4–8 1–11 7–11
New York 8–4 10–8 6–6 2–10 8–4 13–5 12–6 10–8 11–1 8–4 12–6
Philadelphia 6-6 6–12 2–10 4–8 4–8 7–11 6–12 10–8 8–4 3–9 7–11
Pittsburgh 4–8 11–7 7–5 9–3 4–8 13–5 8–10 8–10 10–2 5–7 9–9
San Diego 5–13 1–11 7–11 8–10 6–12 8–4 1–11 4–8 2–10 6–12 4–8
San Francisco 9–9 6–6 8–10 8–10 13–5 11–1 4–8 9–3 7–5 12–6 3–9
St. Louis 6–6 9–9 4–8 5–7 9–3 11–7 6–12 11–7 9–9 8–4 9–3


Notable transactionsEdit

Draft picksEdit

RosterEdit

1969 San Diego Padres
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

= Indicates team leader

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Chris Cannizzaro 134 418 23 92 .220 4 33 0
1B Nate Colbert 139 483 64 123 .255 24 66 6
2B José Arcia 120 302 35 65 .215 0 10 14
3B Ed Spiezio 121 355 29 83 .234 13 43 1
SS Tommy Dean 101 273 14 48 .176 2 9 0
LF Al Ferrara 138 366 39 95 .260 14 56 0
CF Cito Gaston 129 391 20 90 .230 2 28 4
RF Ollie Brown 151 568 76 150 .264 20 61 10

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Other battersEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Roberto Peña 139 472 44 118 .250 4 30 0
Ivan Murrell 111 247 19 63 .255 3 25 3
John Sipin 68 229 22 51 .223 2 9 2
Van Kelly 73 209 16 51 .244 3 15 0
Tony González 53 182 17 41 .225 2 8 1
Larry Stahl 95 162 10 32 .198 3 10 3
Jerry DaVanon 24 59 4 8 .136 0 3 0
Jerry Morales 19 41 5 8 .195 1 6 0
Fred Kendall 10 26 2 4 .154 0 0 0
Sonny Ruberto 17 21 3 3 .143 0 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Clay Kirby 35 215.2 7 20 3.80 113
Joe Niekro 37 202 8 17 3.70 55
Al Santorini 32 184.2 8 14 3.95 111
Dick Kelley 27 136 4 8 3.57 96
Dick Selma 4 22 2 2 4.09 20

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Roberts 22 48.2 0 3 4.81 19
Mike Corkins 6 17 1 3 8.47 13
Steve Arlin 4 10.2 0 1 9.28 9

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Frank Reberger 67 1 2 6 3.59 65
Jack Baldschun 61 7 2 1 4.79 67
Billy McCool 54 3 5 7 4.30 35
Tom Dukes 13 1 0 1 7.25 15
Leon Everitt 5 0 1 0 8.04 11

Award winnersEdit

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Padres Timeline | padres.com: History
  2. ^ Al Santorini at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Nate Colbert at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Larry Stahl at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Cito Gaston at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Ed Spiezio at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Chris Cannizzaro at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ "1968 San Diego Padres Draft Picks in the June MLB Draft," Baseball Reference
  9. ^ a b Chris Krug at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Tommy Dean at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Joe Niekro at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Sonny Ruberto at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Van Kelly at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Randy Elliott at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Doug DeCinces at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SDP/1969.shtml
  17. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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