I didn't actually start keeping track of what number order I got my Padrographs until somewhere fairly high up, so I had to go back and retroactively number the cards I already had. The sub title of this blog is and always has been "From Abner to Zimmer". I named it that because Shawn Abner came first alphabetically and Zim was last. Amazingly in 11 years that hasn't changed although there has been much added in between. Shawn Abner was drafted by the Mets in 1984 and came to the Padres in a big trade in 1986. He made his major league debut in 1986 and played with the Padres until part way through the 1991 season to the Angels. He played in 1992 with the White Sox. His son, Seth "Scrump" Abner is a professional Call of Duty player.
Don Zimmer was with the Padres at the beginning of their major league existence, managing their A league team in 1969 and the AAA Salt Lake City Bees in 1970. He was the Padres third base coach for 11 games in 1972 and then was asked to replace Preston Gomez, who managed the Padres for their first three and a half seasons. Zim managed through 1973 finishing last both seasons. When Ray Kroc bought the team before the 1974 season he let Zim and most of the coaches go. He then went on to coach and manage several other teams. He passed away in 2014.
I have the signatures of all the other coaches on the 1973 card on other cards. Shawn Abner is #11 and Zim is #866.
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