MLB Hall of Famers Who Made a Stop in San Diego

January 11, 2018

Yesterday was the 80th birthday of one of the best players of all time, Willie McCovey. Most people remember him as a San Francisco Giant. Rightfully so, as he played 19 of his 22 seasons in San Francisco, which included the 1959 Rookie of the Year Award, six All-Star selections, the 1969 MVP and a World Series appearance in 1962. What most people don’t remember, outside of die-hard Padres fans,…

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36 Years Ago Padres & Cardinals Agree on Templeton for Ozzie Smith Deal

December 10, 2017

On December 10, 1981, the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres agreed on a six-player trade. The Padres traded defensive wizard Ozzie Smith, Al Olmsted, and Steve Mura to the Cardinals for offensive shortstop Garry Templeton, Sixto Lezcano, and Luis DeLeon. The centerpieces of the deal would be Ozzie Smith and Garry Templeton, obviously, though Lezcano was viewed as a decent prospect. The major issue was that Ozzie Smith had…

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35 Years Ago Today Garry Templeton for Ozzie Smith Trade Was Finalized

February 11, 2017

On this date in 1982, the history of two major league franchises was changed forever as Ozzie Smith finally agreed to be traded to the St. Louis Cardinals after two months of delay. On December 10, 1981, the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres agreed on a six-player trade. The Padres traded defensive wizard Ozzie Smith,Al Olmsted, and Steve Mura to the Cardinals for offensive shortstop Garry Templeton, Sixto…

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Padres Special: The Wizard of Oz deal for Tempy finalized on this date

February 11, 2016

On this date in 1982, the history of two major league franchises was changed forever. The San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals finalized an agreement on a trade of two shortstops with different attributes to the game of baseball. Garry Templeton was known as a great hitter, while Ozzie Smith was revered for his glove work and trademark back flip. Drafted by the St Louis Cardinals in the first…

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Padres Special: Padres HOF Member Garry Templeton

June 13, 2015

With the problems the Padres currently have a shortstop It is fitting that we take a look at the 17-year career of former Padres great, shortstop Garry Templeton. He played a total of 10 seasons with the Padres from 1981-1991. Totaling over 4,500 at bats. That is a rare thing in baseball, for a player to have a tenure that long with the same team. Padres fans are spoiled because…

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