Rupe’s Troops, No Más Monge, and Tempy Turns It Around: Part of the Padres Golden Era

By Brian P. Wood

This article was published in the 2019 The National Pastime.

With four consecutive .500 or better seasons highlighted by a trip to the World Series, 1982–85 was truly the Padres' first Golden Era, with personalities to go along with it. The shouts of “Roop, Roop,” the ups and downs of Sid Monge on the mound, and Garry Templeton turning the tide for the Padres were major parts of that gilded age. The San Diego Padres had a miserable start to their existence. In their first 13 seasons, only once did they finish above .500, in 1978, when they finished 84–78. . . .

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