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Sports Teams

In 1969 , the Padres joined the ranks of Major League Baseball as one of four new expansion teams, along with the Monteal Expos (now the Washington Nationals ), the Kansas City Royals , and the Seattle Pilots (now the Milwaukee Brewers ). Their original owner was C. Arnholt Smith , a prominent San Diego businessman and former owner of the PCL Padres whose interests included banking, tuna fishing, hotels, real estate and an airline. Despite initial excitement, the guidance of longtime baseball executives, Eddie Leishman and Buzzie Bavasi as well as a new playing field , the team struggled; the Padres finished in last place in each of its first six seasons in the NL West , losing 100 games or more four times. One of the few bright spots on the team during the early years was first baseman and slugger Nate Colbert , an expansion draftee from the Huston Astros and still the Padres' career leader in home runs.

The team's fortunes gradually improved as they won five National League West titles and reached the World Series twice, in 1984 and in 1998 , but lost both times. The Padres' main draw during the 1980s and 1990s was Tony Gwynn , who won eight league batting titles. They moved into their current stadium, Petco Park , in 2004 .

As of 2016, the Padres are the only team in the MLB yet to throw a no-hitter since their addition to the league in 1969.

Baseball and Great Food

Petco Park , home of the San Diego Padres, is unlike any other ballpark experience. Located downtown on San Diego bay, adjacent to the Gaslamp Quarter, before and after game activities and entertainment are easy to find. And, the park is packed with over a dozen San Diego favorite eateries featuring local craft beer on draft.

Where the Turf Meets the Surf

The Del Mar Racetrack is a world-class Thoroughbred racing destination welcoming the industry's top athletes and California's most spirited partygoers during it's Summer (mid-July through early September) and Fall (November) seasons.

Local Indoor Favorites

After a brief absent, family-friendly sporting excitement has returned to the Sports Arena in Point Loma with the San Diego Sockers (Indoor Soccer) and San Diego Gulls (Ice Hockey).

Soccer, Tournaments and More

In addition to local sport teams, San Diego hosts a variety of spectator sporting events including PGA golf tournaments, international soccer games, international baseball tournaments, marathons, surfing championships and much more.


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