1984 San Diego Padres season
|1984 San Diego Padres|
|1984 National League Champions
1984 NL West Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Ray Kroc and Joan Kroc|
(Dave Campbell, Jerry Coleman, Bob Chandler, Ted Leitner)
|Local radio||KFMB (AM)
(Dave Campbell, Jerry Coleman)
(Gustavo Lopez, Mario Thomas Zapiain)
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The 1984 San Diego Padres season was the 16th season in franchise history. Led by manager Dick Williams, the Padres won the National League championship but would lose the World Series to the Detroit Tigers four games to one.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 NLCS
- 5 World series
- 6 Award winners
- 7 Farm system
- 8 References
- 9 External links
- October 21, 1983: Sandy Alomar, Jr. was signed by the Padres as an amateur free agent.
- December 6, 1983: Joe Pittman and a player to be named later were traded by the Padres to the San Francisco Giants for Champ Summers. The Padres completed the deal by sending Tommy Francis (minors) to the Giants on December 7.
- December 7, 1983: Gary Lucas was traded by the Padres to the Montreal Expos as part of a three-team trade. The Expos sent Al Newman to the Padres, and the Chicago Cubs sent Carmelo Martínez, Craig Lefferts, and Fritzie Connally to the Padres. The Expos traded Scott Sanderson to the Cubs.
- January 6, 1984: Rich Gossage was signed as a free agent by the Padres.
- January 14, 1984: Owner Ray Kroc dies. Ownership passes to his wife, Joan B. Kroc.
- January 17, 1984: Rodney McCray was drafted by the Padres in the 9th round of the 1984 amateur draft.
- March 30, 1984: Dennis Rasmussen and a player to be named later were traded by the Padres to the New York Yankees for Graig Nettles. The Padres completed the deal by sending Darin Cloninger (minors) to the Yankees on April 26.
Team owner Ray Kroc died of heart disease on January 14. Ownership of the team passed to his wife, Joan B. Kroc. The team would wear Ray's initials, "RAK" on their jersey's left sleeve during the entire season.
The Padres started the season 18–11 before losing seven in a row. They finished the season with a 92–70 record, winning the NL the National League West division by 12 games despite having no players with 100-RBI and only two batters with 20-HR. They were managed by Dick Williams and had an offense that featured veterans Steve Garvey, Garry Templeton, Graig Nettles, Alan Wiggins as well as future Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn, who captured his first his of eight National League batting championships that year. The Padres pitching staff in 1984 featured Eric Show (15–9), Ed Whitson (14–8), Mark Thurmond (14–8), Tim Lollar (11–13), and Goose Gossage as their closer (10–6, 2.90 ERA and 25 saves).
9/12/84 brawl with the Atlanta Braves
The Padres' regular season is most remembered for an August 12 Sunday afternoon game at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves were expected to be contenders for the division title, but were a disappointing 9 1/2 games out of first at gametime. The start of the game was delayed 2 hours by rain.
Braves starting pitcher Pascual Pérez hit Alan Wiggins with the very first pitch of the game, which seemed to put the Padres into retaliatory mode. The Braves went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first on a Claudell Washington homer.
When Perez came to bat in the bottom of the 2nd, Padres starter Ed Whitson threw at him as he squared to bunt. Perez responded by wielding his bat and starting toward Whitson, but home plate umpire Steve Rippley restrained him as both benches began to clear. Rippley issued a warning to both teams without any fighting ensuing. The Braves scored another run in the inning to go up 3-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Whitson threw three straight inside fastballs at Perez, and Rippley ejected both Whitson and manager Dick Williams. Greg Booker replaced Whitson and gave up two more runs before facing Perez in the bottom of the sixth. Then, Booker also threw at Perez and Rippley proceeded to throw both him and acting manager Ozzie Virgil out of the game. In the top of the seventh, Graig Nettles hit a solo homer off Perez, which would incite later activity.
In the bottom of the eighth, Craig Lefferts threw at Perez and Rippley ejected both him and second acting manager Jack Krol, leaving only Harry Dunlop to manage the rest of the way. This time, both the Braves' and Padres' dugouts cleared and the brawl was on. First base umpire John McSherry and Padres first baseman Steve Garvey attempted to head off the onslaught, but both were caught in the middle as both teams exchanged punches. The brawl went on for 10 minutes before reserve infielder Champ Summers stormed toward the Braves' dugout at Perez, who had retreated to the dugout. Bob Horner met Summers at the front of the dugout and he and the Braves' Rick Camp wrestled him to the ground along with a fan who leaped on top of Summers from the stands. Another fan doused Summers with a drink. On the side, the Padres' Bobby Brown and the Braves' Gerald Perry engaged in a fight of their own. Summers, Brown, Camp, and Perry were all ejected.
Finally, in the top of the ninth, Braves' reliever Donnie Moore intentionally plunked Nettles when he came to bat, sparking yet another fight. Rick Mahler and Steve Bedrosian intervened for the Braves and were ejected, while Goose Gossage joined in and was also ejected. Moore and Braves manager Joe Torre also joined the ranks of the ejected.
Once order was finally restored, Gene Garber pitched the remainder of the game for the Braves with Joe Pignatano acting for Torre. The Padres scored two in the ninth, but no more as the Braves won 5-3. Shortly after the final out, another fan threw a beer at the Padres' Kurt Bevacqua, causing Bevacqua to go into the stands after him. He was restrained by security guards.
Opening Day starters
- Steve Garvey
- Tony Gwynn
- Terry Kennedy
- Carmelo Martinez
- Kevin McReynolds
- Graig Nettles
- Eric Show
- Garry Templeton
- Alan Wiggins
|San Diego Padres||92||70||--||.568|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||79||83||13.0||.488|
|San Francisco Giants||66||96||26.0||.407|
- July 20, 1984: Al Newman was traded by the San Diego Padres to the Montreal Expos for Greg Harris.
|1984 San Diego Padres|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
In the 1984 NLCS, the Padres faced the NL East champion Chicago Cubs, who were making their first post-season appearance since 1945 and featured NL Most Valuable Player Ryne Sandberg and Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe. The Cubs would win the first two games at Wrigley Field, but the Padres swept the final three games at then-Jack Murphy Stadium (the highlight arguably being Steve Garvey's dramatic, game-winning home run off of Lee Smith in Game 4) to win the 1984 National League pennant. Gossage, a former New York Yankee, said the San Diego crowd at Game 3 was "the loudest crowd I've ever heard anywhere." Gwynn agreed as well. Jack Murphy Stadium played "Cub-Busters", a parody of the theme song from the 1984 movie Ghostbusters. Cub-Busters T-shirts inspired from the movie were popular attire for Padres fans.
|W: Rick Sutcliffe (1-0) L: Eric Show (0-1) S: none|
|HR: SD – none CHC – Bob Dernier (1) Gary Matthews (2), Rick Sutcliffe (1), Ron Cey (1)|
|Pitchers: SD – Show, Harris (5), Booker (7) CHC – Sutcliffe, Brusstar (8)|
|W: Steve Trout (1-0) L: Mark Thurmond (0-1) S: Lee Smith (1)|
|HR: SD – none CHC – none|
|Pitchers: SD – Thurmond, Hawkins (4), Dravecky (6), Lefferts (8) CHC – Trout, Smith (9)|
|W: Ed Whitson (1-0) L: Dennis Eckersley (0-1) S: none|
|HR: CHC – none SD – Kevin McReynolds (1)|
|Pitchers: CHC – Eckersley, Frazier (6), Stoddard (8) SD – Whitson, Gossage (9)|
|W: Craig Lefferts (1-0) L: Lee Smith (0-1) S: none|
|HR: CHC – Jody Davis (1), Leon Durham (1) SD Steve Garvey (1)|
|Pitchers: CHC – Sanderson, Brusstar (5), Stoddard (7), Smith (8) SD – Lollar, Hawkins (5), Dravecky (6), Gossage (8), Lefferts (9)|
|W: Craig Lefferts (2-0) L: Rick Sutcliffe (1-1) S: Goose Gossage (1)|
|HR: CHC – Leon Durham (2), Jody Davis (2) SD – none|
|Pitchers: CHC – Sutcliffe, Trout (7), Brusstar (8) SD – Show, Hawkins (2), Dravecky (4), Lefferts (6), Gossage (8)|
As if to tease their fatalistic fans, the Cubs started out well in the final and deciding game of the series. Durham hit a two-run homer in the first and Davis added a solo homer in the second to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead. With National League Cy Young Award winner and Game 1 victor Rick Sutcliffe pitching brilliantly, the Cubs maintained their lead until the bottom of the sixth. Then disaster struck in a way that left many Cubs fans muttering about curses and other storied collapses in the franchise's history.
Chicago's downfall began innocently enough, with San Diego getting two sacrifice flies in the sixth to cut the Cubs' lead to 3-2. But the Padres' seventh proved catastrophic for Chicago. Carmelo Martínez led off the inning with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Garry Templeton, and scored when Tim Flannery's grounder trickled through Durham's legs for a crucial error. Alan Wiggins singled Flannery to second, and Gwynn doubled both runners home to give the Padres a 5-3 lead. Garvey followed with an RBI single to stretch the lead to 6-3. Steve Trout then replaced Sutcliffe on the mound and got out of the inning unscathed. The Cubs got three baserunners over the final two innings against Gossage but could not score, and San Diego took home its first National League pennant.
In the 1984 World Series, the Padres faced the powerful Detroit Tigers, who steamrolled through the regular season with 104 victories (and had started out with a 35-5 record, the best ever through the first 40 games). The Tigers were managed by Sparky Anderson and featured shortstop and native San Diegan Alan Trammell and outfielder Kirk Gibson, along with Lance Parrish and DH Darrell Evans. The pitching staff was bolstered by ace Jack Morris (19-11, 3.60 ERA), Dan Petry (18-8), Milt Wilcox (17-8), and closer Willie Hernandez (9-3, 1.92 ERA with 32 saves). Jack Morris would win games 1 and 4 and the Tigers would go on to win the Series 4-games-to-1.
|Game||Score||Date||Location||Attendance||Time of Game|
|1||Tigers – 3, Padres – 2||October 9||Jack Murphy Stadium(San Diego)||57,908||3:18|
|2||Tigers – 3, Padres – 5||October 10||Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego)||57,911||2:44|
|3||Padres – 2, Tigers – 5||October 13||Tiger Stadium (Detroit)||51,970||3:11|
|4||Padres – 2, Tigers – 4||October 14||Tiger Stadium (Detroit)||52,130||2:20|
|5||Padres – 4, Tigers – 8||October 15||Tiger Stadium (Detroit)||51,901||2:55|
- Tony Gwynn, National League Batting Champion (.351)
- Tony Gwynn, National League Leader in Hits (213)
- Sandy Alomar Jr. page at Baseball Reference
- Champ Summers page at Baseball Reference
- Scott Sanderson page at Baseball Reference
- Rich Gossage page at Baseball Reference
- Rodney McCray page at Baseball Reference
- Graig Nettles page at Baseball Reference
- Center, Bill (October 7, 2001). "THE GREATEST PADRE: career timeline: '84". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on September 21, 2012.
- Baseball-reference.com San Diego Padres 1984
- 1984 San Diego Padres Statistics and Roster - Baseball-Reference.com
- Baseball-Reference.com 1984 NLCS
- Johnson, Jay; Hughes, Joe (October 5, 1984). "Full house beats 9 Cubs". Evening Tribune. p. A-1.
The scene was joyous pandemonium after the game, as long-suffering fans danced in the aisles, hugged total strangers, whooped and sang along as "Cub-Busters" played on the stadium's loudspeakers.
- Staples, Billy; Herschlag, Rich (2007). Before the Glory: 20 Baseball Heroes Talk about Growing Up and Turning Hard Times Into Home Runs. HCI. p. 386. ISBN 978-0-7573-0626-6. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
The home crowd had another weapon up its sleeve, a ditty called "Cub-busters," a parody of the theme from the Chicago-based 1984 hit movie Ghostbusters.
- Sauer, Mark (October 6, 1984). "With a toast from the host ... Padres' faithful primed for game 4 -- and maybe game 5". The San Diego Union. p. A-1.
'The Cub Busters T-shirts have been the hottest item, but stuff we hadn't sold in years suddenly started moving,' said Croasdale.
- Laurence, Robert P. (October 2, 1984). "'Busters' promoter Cub at heart". The San Diego Union. p. B-1.
Logan came up with the design after hearing the 'Ghostbusters' theme song at a Padres-Mets game in August, and his creation is without a doubt the hottest selling item in the Padres' inventory as excitement builds going into today's first game of the National League playoffs.
- Baseball-reference.com Detroit Tigers 1984 season
- Baseball-reference.com 1984 World Series stats
- Bloom, Barry M. (March 22, 2011). "Dark cloud hovers over 1984 Padres". MLB.com. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011.
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
- 1984 San Diego Padres team page at Baseball Reference
- 1984 San Diego Padres team page at Baseball Almanac
- A look back at the '84 NL Champs