Friday, October 31, 2014

Where are they now-The 1969 Padrographs, Part 1


 In 1969 the second of two original California franchises began play as the San Diego Padres.  The Padres were one of the four expansions team that began play in major league baseball.  The Padres were 52-110 and finished last in their division.  Chris Canizzaro was the franchises lone representative to the All-Star Game.
Jose Arcia played most of his major league career for the Padres.  He played for the Cubs in 1968 and then played for the Padres in 1969 and 1970.  He played in the minor leagues through 1976.  He seems to be living in Miami at this time.
Danny Breeden never actually played for the Padres.  His time in time in the majors was with the Cardinals in 1969 and the Cubs in 1971. He did play in the Padres system in 1973. He lives in Loxley, Alabama.
Dave Roberts is the first player to be named Dave Roberts on the Padres, but he wouldn't be the last.  There will be two more before 2014.  He played for the Padres from 1969-1971 and then played for 7 more teams before retiring in 1981.  On the final day of the 1976 season Dave gave up Hank Aaron's last career hit.  He died of lung cancer January 9, 2009.
Ollie Brown was the first player chosen by the Padres in the expansion draft.  He started his career in 1965 with the Giants, he played with the Padres from 1969 to 1972, then 4 more teams before retiring w ith the Phillies in 1977.
Jerry DaVanon played in just 24 games for the Padres in 1969 having started the season in St. Louis and actually ending in St.  Louis after those 24 games.  He played through 1977 with several other teams including multiple stints with the Cardinals.  He currently lives in Houston and officiates high school basketball.
Bill Davis played in 1965 and 1966 with the Indians and finished his major league career with the Padres in 1969.  He finished in the minors and then retired to his hometown of Richfield, Minnesota where he worked in real estate and banking.
Tom Dukes played 2 seasons for Houston before playing 2 seasons in San Diego in '69 and '70.  He then played a season in Baltimore and one for the Angels before retiring at the end of 1972.
Al Ferrara played with the Dodgers from 1963 to 1968 before playing with the Padres from 1969 to 1971 and finishing his career with the Reds in 1971.  After baseball he had a construction company called Major League Construction, which he retired from in 2005 at age 65.  When the recession hit in 2009 he lost much of his retirement income, he then went to work for the Dodgers in their community relations department.



Thursday, October 30, 2014

The latest additions

There are at least 21 players that I still need to sign cards for me.   They are over there to the right under Still To Sign.  These are my latest pickups of signatures of Padres.  Jason Marquis played for the Padres in 2012 and 2013.  Yangervis Solarte came to the Padres part way through the 2014 season as part of the trade for Chase Headley.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

More New Padrographs

This years Bowman Chrome had three Padres prospects in the set.  The cards don't really look that bad, I think I need to clean my scanner.  I paid less than $20 with shipping for all three cards.  Edwin Moreno, the Padres had another Edwin Moreno a few years and I got this Edwin's signature at Eugene earlier this year.  Franmil Reyes, played at Ft. Wayne this year for the Padres, Jose Urena was another played whose signature I got at Eugene this season also.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

more additions

I am still able to find a few guys that I don't have cards of on Ebay and I have enjoyed making cards of some of the coaches that haven't had cards with the Padres.  Jerry Hairston's card completes another set of brothers that have played for the Padres.  Jerry and his brother Scott both played for the Padres in 2010.  Alonzo Powell is one of the Padres hitting coaches.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Padrograph cards I wanted, and new additions

The first two cards are just ones I wanted when I saw them.
 I love the Alexi Amarista card, he is one of my current favorite Padres and this just shows how small he is.
I wanted the card of Akinori Otsuka because he signed his name in characters.  I am not sure if it is Kanji, Kata Kanji or Hira Gona, but it is the only card I have signed in Japanese.
Francisco Libran, Francisco played in 10 games for the Padres in 1969 and passed away in May of last year at the age of 65.  Someone had this custom card made of him and tracked him down in Puerto Rico to get him to sign this.
Justin Hatcher, Justin was drafted by the Rangers in 2003 and played in their system through 2005.  He played in the Padres system in 2006 and '07 and has been one of the bullpen catchers since 2008.  I sent out 5 customs, Justin, Griffin Benedict, Jose Valentin, Alonzo Powell and A.J. Preller.  All of them but the Preller have come back.
Griffin Benedict, Griffin was drafted by the Padres in 2009 and played in their system through 2010.  He has been a bullpen catcher for the Padres since 2011.
Joe Wieland, Joe played for the Padres in 2012 and 2014.  Got this on ebay.
Joaquin Benoit, Joaquin pitched in 53 games for the Padres this year and recorded 11 saves.  Found this on ebay after mailing him some.
Randy Myers, Randy is a hard signature to get and I had some extra money this summer so I splurged and picked this up.  Randy played for the Padres in 1992 and 1998.
Jose Valentin, Jose was the Padres first base coach this year.  Returned it quickly after I mailed it to him.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Letter W, Sheet 7, The Letter Y, Sheet 1 and the Letter Z, Sheet 1 and soon we start a new chapter on the blog

Tim Worrell, 1997 Topps; Tim pitched in 143 games for the Padres from 1993 to 1997.
Jaret Wright, 2003 Topps Total; Jaret pitched in 39 games for the Padres in 2003.
Marvell Wynne, 1987 Donruss Opening Day; Marvell played in 468 games for the Padres from 1986 to 1989.
Nobuaki Yoshida, 2003 Bazooka; Nobuaki played in the Padres system from 2000 to 2003.
Chris Young, 2008 Allen & Ginter; Chris pitched in 97 games for the Padres from 2006 to 2010.
Eric Young, 2005 Topps Total; Eric played in 112 games for the Padres in 2005 and 2006.
Walter Young, 2006 Topps Rookie '52 Edition; Walter played in the Padres system in 2006.
Don Zimmer, 1973 Topps; Zim managed 304 games for the Padres in 1972 and 1973.

Cumulative Count
Cards-812
Players-748
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-8
Coaches-40
Sets of Brothers-9
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-131
Letters done-6
Letters left-0



Friday, October 24, 2014

The Letter W, Sheet 6 and just one more page and we are done then we will start differently

Bryan Wolff, 1999 Topps; Bryan played in the Padres system from 1993 to 1999.

Cumulative Count
Cards-803
Players-740
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-8
Coaches-39
Sets of Brothers-9
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-131
Letters done-22
Letters left-4

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Padrographs in The World Series- Tim Flannery and friends are up one game to none

Joe Amalfitano, 1977 Padres schedule, Joe coached for the Padres in 1976 and 1977.  Joe played for the New York and San Francisco Giants and has been with the Giants this time since 2004.
Bruce Bochy, Bruce played for the Padres from 1983 to 1987.  Bruce was player coach for the Padres AAA club in 1988.  He was a coach for the Padres in 1993 and 1994.  He managed the Padres from 1995 to 2006 and has managed the Giants since 2007.
Jim Davenport, Jim was a coach for the Padres in 1974 and 1975.  He played for the Giants from 1958 to 1970.  He has been a special assistant coach for the Giants since 2000.
Tim Flannery, Tim played for the Padres from 1979 to 1989, he was a coach for the Padres from 1996 to 2002 after managing at various levels in the Padres system.  Tim is an outstanding musician who has released several CD's of music.  He has been responsible for raising a lot of money for Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was severely beaten by some Dodgers' fan.
Joe Lefebvre, Joe played for the Padres from 1981 to 1983.   Joe has been in the Giants organization for the last 20 years and has been the assistant hitting coach since 2001.
Jake Peavy, Jake played for the Padres from 2002 to 2009, he was reunited with Bochy and Flannery this year when the Giants acquired him from the Red Sox.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Padrographs in the World Series-The Royal Blue

Taking a break today from the alphabetical presentation to acknowledge the World Series.  Next year is the Padres year.  But for today the Royals take the field.

Dave Eiland is the lone Padrograph represented on the Royals roster.  There are no players currently playing for the Royals that I have signed Padres cards of.  Dave pitched in 17 games for the Padres in 1992 and 1993.  He was the Yankees pitching coach for 2 years from 2008 to 2010, he was then in an advisory role for the Rays for a year before being named pitching coach of the Royals in October of 2011.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Letter W, Sheet 5 and the end is near

Woody Williams, 2000 Topps; Woody pitched in 132 games for the Padres from 1999 to 2001 and 2005 & 2006.
Scott Williamson, 2006 Topps Update; Scott pitched in 11 games for the Padres in 2006.
Earl Wilson, 1971 Topps; Earl pitched in 15 games in 1970.
Dave Winfield, 1978 Topps; Dave played in 1117 games for the Padres from 1973 to 1980.
Rick Wise, 1981 Donruss; Rick pitched in 46 games for the Padres from 1980 to 1982.
Matt Wisler, 2013 Bowman Chrome; Matt has pitched in the Padres system since 2011.
Jay Witasick, 2003 Keelber; Jay pitched in 132 games for the Padres in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004.
Ed Wojna, 1986 Topps; Ed pitched in 27 games for the Padres from 1985 to 1987.
Randy Wolf, 2008 Topps Heritage; Randy pitched in 21 games for the Padres in 2008.

Cumulative Count
Cards-802
Players-739
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-8
Coaches-39
Sets of Brothers-9
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-131
Letters done-22
Letters left-4




Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Letter W, Sheet 4 and what is an off day

Joe Wieland, 2012 Topps; Joe pitched in 9 games for the Padres in 2012 and 2014.
Whitey  Wietelman, 1976 SSPC; Whitey was a coach for the Padres from 1969 to 1979.
Alan Wiggins, 1984 Donruss; Alan played in 399 games from 1981 to 1985.
Jim Wilhelm, 1980 Topps; Jim played in 49 games for the Padres in 1978 and 1979.
Brian Williams, 1995 Fleer; Brian pitched in 44 games for the Padres in 1995.
Dick Williams, 1985 Topps; Dick managed 649 games for the Padres from 1982 to 1985.
Eddie Williams, 1995 Fleer Ultra; Eddie played in 177 games for the Padres in 1990, 1994, 1995 and 1998.
Everett Williams, 2010 Topps Pro Debut; Everett has played in the Padres system since 2009.
Jim Williams, 1971 Topps; Jim played in 24 games for the Padres in 1969 and 1970.

Cumulative Count
Cards-793
Players-730
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-8
Coaches-39
Sets of Brothers-9
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-131
Letters done-22
Letters left-4

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Letter W, Sheet 3 and the Giants win the Pennant, (repeat 3 times for historical moment)

Matt Whisenant, MLB Showdown 2000; Matt played in 43 games for the Padres in 1999 and 2000.
Rondell White, 2003 Topps Total; Rondell played in 115 games for the Padres in 2003.
Wally Whitehurst, 1994 Mother's Cookies; Wally pitched in 84 games for the Padres in 1993 and 1994.
Matt Whiteside, 2011 Padrographs; Matt pitched in 38 games for the Padres in 1999 and 2000.
Ed Whitson, 1990 Score; Ed pitched in 227 games for the Padres in 1983 and 984 and from 1986 to 1991.

Cumulative Count
Cards-787
Players-723
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-8
Coaches-37
Sets of Brothers-9
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-131
Letters done-22
Letters left-4





Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Letter W, Sheet 2 and the Royals are going to the Series

Dan Walters, 1992 Score Select; Dan played in 84 games for the Padres in 1992 and 1993.
Kevin Ward, 1992 Fleer; Kevin played in 125 games for the Padres in 1991 and 1992.
Dan Warthen, 1997 Mother's Cookies; Dan was a coach for the Padres in 1996 and 1996.
Sean Watkins, 1996 Bowman; Sean played in the Padres system from 1995 to 1997.
Ryan Webb, 2009 Bowman Draft Picks; Ryan pitched in 82 games for the Padres in 2009 and 2010.
Beamer Weems, 2009 Bowman Chrome; Beamer played in the Padres system from 2008 to 2012.
David Wells, 2007 Topps Heritage; Boomer pitched in 58 games for the Padres in 2004 and 2006 & 2007.
Jared Wells, 2004 Bowman; Jared pitched in 2 games for the Padres in 2008.
Chris Welsh, 1983 Topps; Chris pitched in 57 games for the Padres from 1981 to 1983.
Cumulative Count
Cards-782
Players-718
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-8
Coaches-37
Sets of Brothers-9
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-131
Letters done-22
Letters left-4




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Letter W, sheet 1 and the Giants are the team with the most Padres connections


Kevin Walker, 2000 Keebler; Kevin pitched in 108 games for the Padres from 2000 to 2003.
Todd Walker, 2007 Upper Deck; Todd played in 44 games for the Padres in 2006.
Donne Wall, 1999 Keebler; Donne pitched in 145 games for the Padres from 1998 to 2000.
Tye Waller, 1995 Mother's Cookies; Tye was a coach for the Padres in 1995 and 2006.
Gene Walter, 1987 Topps; Gene pitched in 72 games for the Padres in 1985 and 1986.

Cumulative Count
Cards-773
Players-710
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-8
Coaches-36
Sets of Brothers-9
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-129
Letters done-22
Letters left-4

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Letter V, Sheet 3 and the song still remains the same in San Diego

Dario Veras, 1997 Bowman; Dario pitched in 46 games for the Padres in 1996 and 1997.
Quilvio Veras, 1998 Topps Finest; Quilvio played in 415 games for the Padres from 1997 to 1999.
Zoilo Versalles, 1969 Topps; Zoilo never played for the Padres after he was chosen in the expansion draft.
Shane Victorino, 2003 Donruss Studio; Shane played in 36 games for the Padres in 2003.
Brandon Villafuerte, 2003 Keebler; Brandon played in 62 games for the Padres in 2002 and 2003.
Ron Villone, 1996 Bowman; Ron pitched in 40 games  in 1995 and 1996.
Edinson Volquez, 2013 Topps; Edinson pitched in 59 games for the Padres in 2012 and 2013.
Ed Vosberg, 1999 Keebler; Ed pitched in 20 games for the Padres in 1986 and 1999.



Cumulative Count
Cards-768
Players-705
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-8
Coaches-35
Sets of Brothers-9
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-129
Letters done-22
Letters left-4