The year was 1936. The Depression was at its height. San Diego--then considered nothing more than a sleepy border town--had always desired to become a "big city." Securing a major professional baseball franchise would be the first step in fulfilling this dream.
Finally, San Diego took that first step by securing a team in the fabled Pacific Coast League. After a community-wide contest, the team was christened the San Diego Padres. That team turned out to be not only an interesting ballclub, but also a very good one. In retrospect, the club was even more remarkable. Two of its players--Bobby Doerr and Ted Williams, aka "The Kid"--became members of the Natinal Baseball Hall of Fame. They had one of the DiMaggio brothers roaming the outfield. Another outfielder played alongside Babe Ruth on the 1927 Yankees. To quote Bobby Doerr: "It was quite a team."
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About the Author
CARLOS BAUER published several books on Paciﬁc Coast League baseball, including the Coast League Cyclopedia and the Early PCL Statistical Record, 1903-1957. His non-baseball related books have been reviewed in the Sunday New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, among others.
DAN BOYLE grew up in the Bronx and hates the Yankees. He moved to San Diego in 1995, just in time for the Padres' unexpected Western Division title in 1996 and NL Championship in 1998. Since then, rooting for the Padres and the Mets has been mostly an exercise in character building. Researching the 1936 Padres season has been a welcome respite. He highly recommends poring over microﬁlm of old newspapers because you'll never know what you'll ﬁnd.