1984 San Diego Padres
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1984 San Diego Padres / Franchise: San Diego Padres / BR Team Page
Clinched Division: September 20, 1984, vs. San Francisco Giants
Won National League Pennant
Managed by Dick Williams
History, Comments, Contributions
Team owner (and McDonalds restaurants founder) Ray Kroc died on January 14th, but the 1984 San Diego Padres went on to have the best season in team history, winning the AL West title for the first time and defeating the Chicago Cubs after falling behind 2-0 in the National League Championship Series. Their win in Game 2 of the 1984 World Series against the Detroit Tigers remains the only World Series game ever won by the Padres, as they fell 4-1, in the Fall Classic and were swept in their only other appearance, in 1998.
Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Steve Garvey, Rich Gossage and Tony Gwynn
- NL Silver Slugger Award: Tony Gwynn (OF) and Garry Templeton (SS)
- Topps All-Star Rookie Team: Carmelo Martinez (OF)
- Brian P. Wood: "Rupe's Troops, No Más Monge and Tempy Turns It Around: Part of the Padres Golden Era", in Cecilia M. Tan, ed.: Pacific Ghosts, The National Pastime, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2019, pp. 74-78.
- Jeff Sanders: "On this date in 1984, the Padres clinched the first NL West title in franchise history" San Diego Union-Tribune, September 20, 2020