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In 1968 the San Diego Padres came to life, as the city was awarded a National League franchise during the owners meetings in Chicago, as expected the first five years of existence for the San Diego Padres are difficult in the won-loss column, but things gradually start to go around in 1974 as Ray Kroc the founder of McDonald’s purchases the San Diego Padres in a move that prevents the team from relocating to Wahington D.C., from there the San Diego begin to build with Randy Jones of the San Diego Padres being their first true superstar as he is selected to the National League all-star team in 1975 and ’76 and being voted the NL Cy Young award winner in 1976 as Randy Jones of the San Diego Padres wins 22 games.

In 1978 the San Diego Padres had their first winning season going 84-78 in the National League West before a sell out of all san diego padres tickets were sold as Hall of Famers P Rollie Fingers and OF Dave Winfield of the San Diego Padres lead the way and are NL all-stars.

It wouldnt be until 1984 that the San Diego Padres who had never finished higher than fourth in their 16-year history would earn their first playoff berth, and it would be a memorable one as they took on the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS, led by newcomers 1B Steve Garvey, Closer Rich Gossage, and perennial all-star OF Tony Gwynn the San Diego Padres faced a Chicago Cubs team that won 96 games on the year and had NL Cy Young award winner Rick Sutcliffe who had a record of 16-1 on the mound for game 1.

It was a forgettable playoff debut for the San Diego Padres as they were demolished 13-0 and although their game 2 performance was a bit better the San Diego Padres still lost 4-2 and fell behind 2-0 in the best of five series and returned to San Diego knowing that no National League team had ever fallen behind 2-0 and recovered to win the series, but the San Diego Padres refused to quit winning the next two and forcing the 5th and deciding game, after falling behind 3-0 going into the bottom half of the sixth inning the San Diego Padres erupted for two runs and one more in the seventh to tie the score at 3, from there it was all San Diego as Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres and Steve Garvey of the San Diego Padres (NLCS MVP) each had run scoring hits to put the San Diego Padres up 6-3 where Rich Gossage of the San Diego Padres shut down the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego were on their way to the World Series to face the Detroit Tigers who had won 104 games during the regular season and made a mockery of the American League Championship Series with the Kansas City Royals, as they won in three consecutive games.

 

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