April 8, 1969: San Diego Padres win inaugural major-league game

The 1969 Padres coaches gather around manager Preston Gomez…
Clay Kirby (THE TOPPS COMPANY)

July 21, 1970: Padres' Clay Kirby lifted in eighth inning during no-hit bid

Until 2021 — the franchise’s 53rd season — no San Diego…

July 18, 1972: One strike away, Padres’ Steve Arlin loses his no-hit bid

The Padres are well-known for not (as of 2018) having a pitcher…

June 10, 1974: Padres overcome 8-0 deficit in eighth inning to win

The year 1974 started as a season of optimism for San Diego as…
Tony Gwynn (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)

July 19, 1982: Tony Gwynn records two hits in his major-league debut for Padres

As the sun rose over San Diego on July 19, 1982, San Diego Padres…

August 12, 1984: Braves-Padres brawl leaves 17 players ejected in one game

A record 17 ballplayers were ejected during one game. The San…
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October 6, 1984: Steve Garvey's walk-off home run lifts Padres in Game 4 of NLCS

Before Game Four of the 1984 National League Championship Series,…

October 10, 1984: Bevacqua's heroics lift Padres over Tigers in Game 2

The San Diego Padres have been in existence since 1969 and as…

August 16, 1996: Valenzuela, Padres enjoy a baseball fiesta in Mexico

Monterrey, Mexico, lies 100 miles south of the Texas border.…

August 18, 1996: The end of La Primera Serie: Padres win again in Mexico

The third and final game between the San Diego Padres and New…

September 29, 1996: Padres complete sweep of Dodgers to claim NL West title

On September 29, 1996, the last day of the regular season,…
Tony Gwynn's 3,000th hit (TRADING CARD DB)

August 6, 1999: Tony Gwynn reaches milestone with 3,000th career hit

On August 6, 1999, at Stade Olympique (Olympic Stadium) in Montréal,…

October 7, 2001: Rickey Henderson records 3,000th hit in Tony Gwynn's final game

Americans will always remember 2001 for the terrorist attacks…
Trevor Hoffman (TRADING CARD DB)

October 1, 2006: Padres win NL West again on controversial call

When the San Diego Padres defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks,…
Trevor Hoffman (TRADING CARD DB)

June 6, 2007: Padres’ Trevor Hoffman closes out Dodgers for 500th career save

It took just 10 pitches. The ninth-inning play-by-play line for…

October 1, 2007: Holliday leads Rockies to 13-inning win in Game 163

After the full 162-game schedule had been played, the Colorado…

May 25, 2008: Padres win on Adrian Gonzalez’s walk-off homer in 18th inning

San Diego Padres fans had already witnessed three extra-inning…