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Bob Chandler's Tales from the San Diego Padres
by Bob Chandler ; William G Swank
Binding: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Sports Publishing
Weight: 0.65 pound
Dimension: H: 0.9 x L: 8.3 x W: 5.6 inches
ISBN 10: 1596700246
ISBN 13: 9781596700246
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The San Diego Padres became a National League expansion team in 1969. Through 37 seasons of play, the Padres have never won a World Series, never had a pitcher throw a no hitter, and never had a player hit for the cycle. They have, however, made it to the World Series twice, had three different pitchers win the Cy Young Award, and had a player tie Honus Wagner for most National League batting titles (eight). They almost lost the franchise to Washington, D.C., had an owner take the public address microphone on opening day to blast his own players, and created national headlines when a nationally known comedienne performed her version of the national anthem before a game.

Longtime Padres announcer Bob Chandler knows the details behind all of these stories and shares his memories with San Diego baseball historian Bill Swank in an easy to read recap of the team s colorful past. They also look at many other stories: sick and severely dehydrated on the trainer s table, Ken Caminiti had an IV removed from his arm, ate a Snickers bar, then hit two home runs against the New York Mets in Mexico; the comic relief provided by the San Diego Chicken during the Padres lean years; and how popular Padre Tim Flannery became the mascot a cross between a dinosaur and an anteater.

Chandler and Swank utilize their numerous contacts to bring fans many inside stories and humorous anecdotes dating back to the team s actual birth on May 27, 1968. Eight time batting champion Tony Gwynn and Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones are among the former players providing insight and inside stories. Chandler s longtime broadcast partner Jerry Coleman, elected to the broadcasters wing of the baseball Hall of Fame in 2005, has written the foreword. A colorful collection of owners, managers, coaches, and players over the years lends themselves to many interesting tales from the dugout, which all adds up to an informative, insider s look at the behind the scenes events that have shaped the history of the San Diego Padres.

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