As announced last week, and discussed here, the Padres are going to create a Padres Hall of Fame on the grounds of Petco Park. Aside from the lockers moving from the Western Metal Supply building down, and relocating the plaques of Hall of Fame players who spent some time in San Diego from below the batters eye, nothing has been revealed about what will be in the Padres HOF.
Naturally I have a couple of suggestions. These are in no particular order.
Suggestion #1 – Include a chronological display of Padres history.
Start in 1969 and take it through the present. For each season, give a brief summary of the season. For some years it might be really short. Maybe 1969 gets only a paragraph. In 1969 the Padres played their first season in the National League. Dick Selma won the first ML game played in San Diego, beating Houston 2-1 on April 8, 1969. Preston Gomez managed the team to a 52-110 record. Chris Cannizzaro was the team’s All-Star representative. Other years, like 1978, 1984, etc, would require a substantially longer discussion to accurately record everything that happened. But it would be a one-stop shop, if you will, of the team’s legacy that fans could take in during an afternoon visit. And, it would be educational for the young fan trying to learn about his/her hometown team.