Bob Chandler's Tales from the San Diego Padres

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9781596700246: Bob Chandler's Tales from the San Diego Padres

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 teamīs colorful past. They also look at many other stories: sick and severely dehydrated on the trainerīs 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 teamīs 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. Chandlerīs longtime broadcast partner Jerry Coleman, elected to the broadcastersī 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, insiderīs look at the behind-the-scenes events that have shaped the history of the San Diego Padres.

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About the Author:

Bob Chandler is San Diegoīs senior sportscaster. He began working in the San Diego television/radio market in 1961 and began covering the San Diego sports scene full-time in 1963. During his career, Chandler has done play-by-play of the NFLīs San Diego Chargers, the NBAīs San Diego (now Houston) Rockets, San Diego State University football, basketball, and baseball, as well as numerous other college and high school sports in San Diego. He has worked for three different TV stations in San Diego, delivering the regular evening sportscasts and interviews. In 1972, Chandler joined Jerry Coleman as the TV/radio broadcasters for the Padres. Associated with the Padres from 1970-2003, he likely knows more than almost anyone when it comes to San Diego baseball. He is a 1961 graduate of San Diego State and lives in the Tierrasanta area of San Diego. Chandler has four daughters and six grandchildren.

Bill Swank is San Diegoīs preeminent baseball historian. He has authored or co-authored six previous books, including his award-winning Echoes from Lane Field, the story of the original 1936 Pacific Coast League Padres who played at the foot of Broadway until the termites ate their wooden ballpark in 1957. His most recent two-volume work, Baseball in San Diego: From the Plaza to Petco, covers the journey of baseball from Horton Plaza to Lane Field (1871-1936), and the birth of the PCL (1936) and NL Padres (1969) - until their move back downtown to Petco Park in 2004.

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