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My copy of 100 Things Padres Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Kirk Kenney showed up a little over a week ago. I have read it. This is my review.
Kenney has been a sportswriter for the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1985. Triumph Books has published a series of books about sports teams’ histories and asked Kenney if he would write one about the Padres.
The title says it all. The book is 100 things in Padres history that fans — maybe not should — but perhaps would be interested to know. People, dates, numbers, and events that helped shape the Padres into what they are today.
First off, Randy Jones wrote the foreword. You know, the barbecue guy. Oh, Jones also won the 1976 Cy Young Award while pitching for the Padres. Oh, he was the first person inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame. Oh, and his number 35 was also retired by the Padres.
I can’t think of a better way to begin a book about the Padres than to have the Crafty Lefty get the start. So right off the bat (pun intended), the book has some credibility.
I’ll be honest, I already knew most of the things discussed in this book. However, it’s presented creatively and includes quotes from those involved that help shed light on the topics in way that is different than, say, Bob Chandler’s Tales from the San Diego Padres.
Not any better or worse. Just different.
Kenney’s 100 Things aren’t ranked by chronologically like Chandler’s or on order of importance. The chapter numbers are almost all directly related to the topic in them.
For example, chapter 11 is about Tim Flannery and chapter 15 is Bruce Bochy, because those are the numbers they are most associated with. Chapter 55 is about Tony Gwynn‘s famous 5.5 hole. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis‘ June 12, 1970 no-hitter on LSD is the focus of chapter 70. Chapter 82 is Gwynn’s July 19, 1982 debut. And it goes on like that right up until chapter 100, which is all about the legacy and history of the Padres’ closers. Get it? Because that chapter closes out the book.
The book covers pretty much everything of importance in Padres history, right up through the 2014-15 “Rockstar GM” offseason.
Kenney called into the Darren Smith Show on Mighty 1090 May 20th to talk about the book.
I’m not going to give you a ranking or rating. I won’t tell you how many stars I would give it. I prefer to just give a thumbs up or a thumbs down based on whether or not I figure someone would enjoy reading it.
100 Things Padres Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Kirk Kenney gets a thumbs up from me. If you have read Bob Chandler’s Tales from the San Diego Padres and enjoyed that experience, I think you will enjoy this one. I know I did.
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