Key West Padres

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The Key West Padres were a Class A-Advanced minor league baseball affiliate of the San Diego Padres for one season. The team played its home games at Wickers Stadium in Key West, Florida.


The Key West Padres were the Single A Florida State League affiliate of the San Diego Padres in 1969. The 1969 season was the first in the Major League history of the San Diego franchise. Prior to the 1969 Padres, Key West had not played host to a professional team since 1952 when the Key West Conchs played a partial season at Wickers Stadiuum. The team would enjoy a successful first season with a 66-64 record, which was good enough for a third place finish in the Southern Division of the FSL.[1]

The 1969 Key West Padres were managed by legendary future Major League manager, Don Zimmer.

At the end of the season Padres management would fold the team and move much of their minor league operations to the west coast. The City of Key West would not have a team in the 1970 season, however, in 1971 a new team, the Key West Sun Caps would emerge.


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