1969 San Diego Padres season

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1969 San Diego Padres
Inaugural Season
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) C. Arnholdt Smith
Manager(s) Preston Gómez
Local television KOGO
Local radio KOGO
(Duke Snider, Frank Sims, Jerry Gross)
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1969 was the first season for the San Diego Padres, who joined the National League along with the Montreal Expos via the 1969 Major League Baseball expansion. In their inaugural season, the Padres won 52 and lost 110, finishing last in the National League's newly created Western Division, 41 games behind the division champion Atlanta Braves.

Offseason[edit]

Expansion draft[edit]

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 transactions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The first game[edit]

Scorecard[edit]

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)

Batting[edit]

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

Pitching[edit]

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 standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
Atlanta Braves 93 69 -- .574
San Francisco Giants 90 72 3 .556
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 4 .549
Los Angeles Dodgers 85 77 8 .525
Houston Astros 81 81 12 .500
San Diego Padres 52 110 41 .321

Notable transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Roster[edit]

1969 San Diego Padres
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Cannizzaro, ChrisChris Cannizzaro 134 418 23 92 .220 4 33 0
1B Colbert, NateNate Colbert 139 483 64 123 .255 24 66 6
2B Arcia, JoséJosé Arcia 120 302 35 65 .215 0 10 14
3B Spiezio, EdEd Spiezio 121 355 29 83 .234 13 43 1
SS Dean, TommyTommy Dean 101 273 14 48 .176 2 9 0
LF Ferrara, AlAl Ferrara 138 366 39 95 .260 14 56 0
CF Gaston, CitoCito Gaston 129 391 20 90 .230 2 28 4
RF Brown, OllieOllie Brown 151 568 76 150 .264 20 61 10

[15]

Other batters[edit]

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
Peña, RobertoRoberto Peña 139 472 44 118 .250 4 30 0
Murrell, IvanIvan Murrell 111 247 19 63 .255 3 25 3
Sipin, JohnJohn Sipin 68 229 22 51 .223 2 9 2
Kelly, VanVan Kelly 73 209 16 51 .244 3 15 0
González, TonyTony González 53 182 17 41 .225 2 8 1
Stahl, LarryLarry Stahl 95 162 10 32 .198 3 10 3
DaVanon, JerryJerry DaVanon 24 59 4 8 .136 0 3 0
Morales, JerryJerry Morales 19 41 5 8 .195 1 6 0
Kendall, FredFred Kendall 10 26 2 4 .154 0 0 0
Ruberto, SonnySonny Ruberto 17 21 3 3 .143 0 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

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

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roberts, DaveDave Roberts 22 48.2 0 3 4.81 19
Corkins, MikeMike Corkins 6 17 1 3 8.47 13
Arlin, SteveSteve Arlin 4 10.2 0 1 9.28 9

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Reberger, FrankFrank Reberger 67 1 2 6 3.59 65
Baldschun, JackJack Baldschun 61 7 2 1 4.79 67
McCool, BillyBilly McCool 54 3 5 7 4.30 35
Dukes, TomTom Dukes 13 1 0 1 7.25 15
Everitt, LeonLeon Everitt 5 0 1 0 8.04 11

Award winners[edit]

1969 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AA Elmira Pioneers Eastern League Harry Bright
A Key West Padres Florida State League Don Zimmer
Rookie Salt Lake City Bees Pioneer League Dave Garcia

Elmira affiliation shared with Kansas City Royals[16]

References[edit]

External links[edit]