San Diego Padres (PCL)
- Location: San Diego, CA
- League: Pacific Coast League 1936-1968
- Affiliation: Boston Red Sox 1936; Cleveland Indians 1949-1951, 1957-1959; Chicago White Sox 1961; Cincinnati Reds 1962-1965; Philadelphia Phillies 1966-1968
- Ballpark: Lane Field 1936-1957; Westgate Park 1958-1967; San Diego Stadium 1968
The San Diego Padres, prior to becoming a 1969 major league expansion team, were a Pacific Coast League team from 1936 to 1968. The team was formed when the Hollywood Stars were unable to compete financially with the Los Angeles Angels and moved south to San Diego, CA.
The Padres took PCL championships in 1937, 1962, 1964, and 1967. The Padres were Ted Williams' first professional team ; he signed as a pitcher while still in high school in 1936. When moved to the outfield, he hit .287, 23, 109 in 180 games in 1936-1937. The Boston Red Sox bought Williams and teammate Bobby Doerr who had signed with Hollywood and started at 2B while also still in high school.
The Padres were the first team to break the color line in the PCL when they signed catcher John Ritchey, a local boy, for the 1948 season. He was soon joined by a number of other African-American players, including Luke Easter, Artie Wilson, Minnie Minoso, Al Smith and Harry Simpson, who all came through San Diego over the next few seasons.
|1936||95-81||2nd||Frank Shellenback||Lost in 1st round|
|1937||97-81||3rd||Frank Shellenback||League Champs|
|1940||92-85||4th||Cedric Durst||Lost in 1st round|
|1941||101-76||3rd||Cedric Durst||Lost in 1st round|
|1942||91-87||4th||Cedric Durst||Lost in 1st round|
|1943||70-85||7th||Cedric Durst (50-66) / George DeTore (20-19)|
|1946||78-108||6th||Pepper Martin (72-100) / Jim Brillheart (6-8)|
|1948||83-105||7th||Ripper Collins (67-62) / Jimmie Reese (0-3) / Jim Brillheart (26-40)|
|1949||96-92||4th||Bucky Harris||Lost League Finals|
|1954||102-67||1st||Lefty O'Doul||Lost in 1st round|
|1957||89-79||4th||Bob Elliott (17-18) / George Metkovich (72-61)||none|
|1960||77-75||5th||George Metkovich (43-57) / Jimmie Reese (34-18)||none|
|1961||72-82||4th||Jimmie Reese (39-44) / Whitey Wietelmann (1-5) / Bill Norman (32-33)||none|
|1962||93-61||1st||Don Heffner||none League Champs|
|1964||91-67||2nd||Dave Bristol||League Champs|
|1965||70-78||8th (t)||Dave Bristol|
|1967||85-63||1st||Bob Skinner||League Champs|
|1968||76-70||4th||Bob Skinner (31-28) / Bobby Klaus (45-42)|
- Alan Cohen: "San Diego Breaks Pacific Coast League Color Barrier", in Cecilia M. Tan, ed.: Pacific Ghosts, The National Pastime, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2019, pp. 46-50.
- Tom Larwin et al.: San Diego's First Padres and "The Kid": The Story of the Remarkable 1936 San Diego Padres and Ted Williams' Professional Baseball Debut, Montezuma Publishing, San Diego, CA, 2019. ISBN 978-0-7442-7230-7