The San Diego Padres unveiled their new Hall of Fame museum at the Petco Park on July 1. Fortuitously, I just so happened to be there on July 2.The space provides a nice overview of Padres history as well as the history of baseball in San Diego.
The Padres’ Hall of Fame dates back to 1999, when it was created to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the team. Now it has a physical location as well. The following players, managers, owners, and announcers, have been elected to San Diego’s HoF:
- Randy Jones (Padres pitcher 1973-80)
- Nate Colbert (1B, 1969-74)
- Ray Kroc (Owner, 1974-84)
- Dave Winfield (OF, 1973-80)
- Buzzie Bavasi (President, 1969-77)
- Jerry Coleman (Announcer/Manager, 1972-2013)
- Tony Gwynn (OF, 1982-2001)
- Dick Williams (Manager, 1982-85)
- Trevor Hoffman (P, 1994-2008)
- Benito Santiago (C, 1986-92)
- Garry Templeton (SS, 1982-99)
- Ted Williams (OF, PCL Padres, 1936-37)
- Ken Caminiti (3B, 1995-98)
The courtyard just outside the Hall of Fame features 16 replicas of the National Baseball Hall of Fame plaques of Hall of Famers associated with San Diego – those who either played for or coached the the minor- or major league San Diego Padres, including: Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, Rollie Ringers, Larry Doby, Sparky Anderson, Tony Perez, Ozzie Smith, and Ricky Henderson. Mike Piazza will be added after his formal indication into Cooperstown. In front of the wall are pedestals with the Hall of Fame plaques of Dave Winfield and Tony Gwynn, who are the only two players inducted into the National Baseball Hall Fame as San Diego Padres.
In case you were wondering, minor league baseball was played in San Diego from 1936 up until the MLB Padres were born in 1969. The team, known as the San Diego Padres, was a member of the Pacific Coast League and was affiliated with the Boston Red Sox (in 1936), Cleveland Indians (1949-51, 1957-59), Chicago White Sox (1960-61), Cincinnati Reds (1962-65), and Philadelphia Phillies (1966-1969) over the years.