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Monday, April 18, 2011
Padres uniform history: The 1980s

By David Schoenfield

In the second part of our Padres uniform retrospective, we move on to the 1980s (in case you missed it, here's the 1970s). Ahh, the '80s ... Tony Gwynn appears on the scene, the team signs Dodger icon Steve Garvey and in 1984 the team reaches its first World Series. The uniforms? More brown.

Garry Templeton, 1984
Templeton
Acquired for Ozzie Smith, Templeton was the Padres' shortstop for nine seasons.

After the breakthrough winning season in 1978, the Padres fell back to 93 losses in 1979 and last-place finishes in 1980 and '81. Dick Williams was hired as manager in 1982 and while the team traded away Ozzie Smith, it came up with a terrific crop of rookies: Tony Gwynn, Alan Wiggins, Dave Dravecky, Eric Show and Andy Hawkins (the team's best rookie that year was actually reliever Luis DeLeon, who had a 2.03 ERA in 102 innings). The team finished .500 that year and those five would be keys to the 1984 club that reached the playoffs for the first time, rallied to beat the Cubs in the NLCS and then lost the World Series in five games to the Tigers. Here, Garry Templeton dons the team's brown road jersey that it wore from 1980 through 1984 (note that the logo used the team nickname rather than then city name).


Goose Gossage, 1984

Gossage
Signed in 1984, Gossage went 10-6 with 25 saves as the Padres reached the World Series.

Gossage joined veterans Steve Garvey and Graig Nettles plus young outfielders Kevin McReynolds and Carmelo Martinez to deliver San Diego's first pennant. The team was remarkably healthy that year -- of the eight regulars, only Nettles didn't play at least 147 games, and he played 124. Gossage, wearing the home jersey, and Craig Lefferts headlined the pen, each pitching more than 100 innings.


Tony Gwynn, 1985

Tony Gwynn
Gwynn won his first batting title with a .351 mark in 1984 and would win three more in the '80s.

The Padres switched to pinstripes for both home and road jerseys in 1985. Gwynn is in action here in the road uniform with the "SD" logo on his chest. The Padres couldn't maintain their success of '84 and by 1987 they were back to losing 97 games under new skipper Larry Bowa.


Roberto Alomar, 1989

Roberto Alomar
Alomar played three seasons for the Padres before getting traded to the Blue Jays.
The Padres were competitive again in 1989, winning 89 games and finishing three games behind the Giants -- although they were never really in the race, as they were still 10 games out in late August. The Padres made one of their worst trades early that season, sending John Kruk and Randy Ready to the Phillies for Chris James after Kruk got off to a .184 start. Alomar, wearing the home pinstripes, would be traded after the 1990 season in a four-player blockbuster with the Blue Jays, going to Toronto with Joe Carter for Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff.

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