The first color action photo of Ted Williams (as shown on the front cover) was taken at Lane Field in San Diego on October 5, 1941 by an amateur photographer. Nobody knew of its existence until an old wooden cigar box was found in a basement in 1999. This book is a treasure chest of such old San Diego baseball pictures and memories. From the Padres to Petco focuses on San Diego’s love affair with the Padres from the Pacific Coast League years at Lane Field (1936–57), Westgate Park (1958–67), San Diego Stadium (1968) and through 35 more exciting and often exasperating National League summers in Mission Valley (1969–2003). Through it all, Padre fans have been faithful and forgiving. With a new ballpark, San Diego looks to build a winning tradition. Bill Swank is San Diego’s eminent baseball historian. His upcoming Baseball in San Diego: From the Plaza to the Padres traces the earlier history of baseball in San Diego (1871–1935), completing a two-volume set that no Padre fan should be without. With over 200 photos from the San Diego Hall of Champions, the San Diego Historical Society, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and numerous private collections as well as his own personal archives, he has created a historic visual documentation of baseball in paradise.

SAN DIEGO, BASEBALL IN: FROM THE PADRES TO PETCO


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