2014 San Diego Padres

August 14, 2014 by  
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Episode 275 - San Diego Padres

The Padres are in 3rd but San Diego is still America’s Finest City.  Ed Kasputis interviews Mr. Sports Travel aka Joe Connor about the City by the border where he proudly calls home.


San Diego Padres

July 15, 2010 by  
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Episode 21 - San Diego Padres

Ed, Farley and Mark are in America’s Finest City, San Diego.  Our PhD Committee explores all things San Diego.  Ed then gets wisdom from James D. Smith III as he learns about the Padres and the importance of having a hobby.  Ed then interviews Brad Horn from the Baseball Hall of Fame as it prepares for its annual Hall of Fame Weekend which will take place from July 23 – 26.  The Wise Guys get back to the future as they battle it out with a baseball history quiz and ponder what would have happened had Ray Kroc not saved the Padres from moving in 1974.  At the end of the podcast, our PhD Committee salutes San Diego Bay and heads north toward Hollywood.  Next week is Dodgers‘ week, think blue.


Kroc Saved The Show in San Diego

July 13, 2010 by  
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Ray Kroc

This week is Padres‘ week with our podcast featuring the San Diego Padres scheduled to be released on Friday, July 16th.  In 1969, the National League expanded with the creation of the Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres.  Five years later, the struggling Padres had been sold conditionally to Washington DC area grocery-chain owner, Joseph Danzansky.  Danzansky planned to move the Padres to Washington D.C.  Ray Kroc read that the Padres were for sale in a Chicago newspaper.

The Padres received a telephone call informing them that Ray Kroc was interested in purchasing the team. Padre president, Buzzie Bavasi asked how many people were in Kroc’s group.  The answer was one.  At the 12th hour, Kroc purchased the Padres for $12 million dollars and kept the team in America’s Finest City, San Diego.  To put things in perspective, one year earlier George Steinbrenner and a group of investors had purchased the New York Yankees for $8.8 million.

Kroc Saves The Show for San Diego.


Understanding Ray Kroc (1902 – 1984)