Steve Garvey smashed the most famous home run in Padres history and did a lot more in his five-year stay in San Diego. The Garv will always be remembered for his dramatic two-run homer off the Cubs' Lee Smith in Game 4 of the 1984 National League Championship Series, a series in which he batted .400 and won his second career NLCS Most Valuable Player award. The Padres made it to their first World Series on the heels of that shot to right-center field, and a No. 6 was stationed at the spot where it landed at Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium for years to come. A 10-time All-Star who finished his career with a .294 batting average and a .996 fielding percentage at first base, Garvey left his mark on San Diego in a short time. After joining the Padres in 1983 following 14 seasons with the Dodgers, Garvey finished out his career with the Padres, leading the club in RBIs in '84 and '85.
The greatest Padre of them all, and one of the greatest hitters in the history of Major League Baseball, Tony Gwynn was the first-ever unanimous selection to the Padres Hall of Fame upon his retirement at the conclusion of the 2001 season.
In 20 seasons (1982-2001), the man who will forever be known as "Mr. Padre", won a National League-record tying eight batting championships and was selected to 15 All-Star teams. He retired with a .338 career batting average and 3,141 hits in 2,440 games. Gwynn's hit count includes 543 doubles, 85 triples and 135 home runs. He finished with 1,138 RBI and 319 stolen bases. The Padres career leader in virtually every offensive category, Gwynn retired 17th on the all-time Major League hit list, 17th on the doubles list and eighth on the all-time singles list. His .338 career average, the highest by any Major Leaguer since Ted Williams, is 18th-best all-time.
Tony played on each of the first three Padres Division Championship clubs (1984, 1996, 1998) and batted .371 in the club's two World Series appearances in 1984 against the Tigers and in 1998 against the Yankees. Gwynn is only the 17th player in history to spend his entire career of 20 or more seasons with one club.
Dave Winfield jumped directly into the Padres lineup off the University of Minnesota campus in 1973. In eight Padres seasons, he was named to four NL All-Star teams (1977-80), led the club in home runs five times (1976-80) and paced the team in RBI six times (1974-75, 1977-80). The team MVP in 1978 and 1979, Winfield batted .284 with 154 homers, 626 RBI and 133 stolen bases for San Diego, the start of a 22-year Major League career which culminated in his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2001. Winfield was inducted into the Hall of Fame Aug. 5, 2001, the first player to enter the Cooperstown shrine as a Padre.
Randy Jones was the first Padres player to win a coveted Cy Young award and earned tremendous popularity among Padres fans, a relationship that remains strong to this day. Jones, a left-hander who won the Cy Young in 1976 after go ing 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA and 25 complete games, remains the club leader in innings pitched (1,765.0), starts (253), complete games (71) and shutouts (18).
Jones was an All-Star in 1975 and 1976, establish ing a unique rapport with Padres fans, who gave him a standing ovation as he approached the mound for every start. Jones remains an active ambassador for the Padres in the community, making dozens of appearances annually and running his popular Randy Jones Barbecue at Petco Park.
In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American man to play in the Major Leagues... Number retired throughout baseball in 1997... Played for Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-56... From his Baseball of Hame Plaque: "Leading NL batter in 1949. Holds fielding mark for second baseman playing in 150 or more games with .992. Led NL in stolen bases in 1947 and 1949. Most Valuable Player in 1949. Lifetime batting average .311. Joint record holder for most double plays by second baseman, 137 in 1951. Led second baseman in double plays 1949-50-51-52.
Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader with 601 in 677 opportunities, Trevor Hoffman completed his career with a 61-75 record, 2.87 ERA (347 ER/1089.1 IP), .211 opponent batting average and 1,133 strikeouts in 1,035 relief appearances. The seven-time all-star (1998, 99, 2000, 02, 06, 07, 09) also finished in the top 10 in Cy Young voting (1996, 98, 99, 2006) and in the top 25 in Most Valuable Player voting (1996, 98, 2005, 06) on four occasions each.
Over his 16 seasons with San Diego, Hoffman compiled a 54-64 record with 552 saves in 618 opportunities (.893 save percentage), a 2.76 ERA (292 ER/952.1 IP), .211 opponent batting average and 1,029 strikeouts in 902 relief appearances.