The Padres declared the latest inductees into the team’s Corridor of Fame Friday, together with previous workforce president and CEO Larry Lucchino and previous broadcaster Ted Leitner.
The inductions will consider place as component of a household plate ceremony on July 7 prior to the Padres recreation from the San Francisco Giants match. Lucchino and Leitner will become the 16th and 17th users of the Padres Corridor of Fame.
Lucchino served as the club’s best govt from 1995 to 2001. He played an integral purpose in creating the Padres teams that went on to acquire National League West titles in 1996 and 1998 and the 1998 NL pennant, 1st by employing fellow Padres Corridor of Famer Kevin Towers as basic manager, and then by working closely with Towers and supervisor Bruce Bochy to build championship-caliber teams.
The crew known as his presiding above the acceptance and design and style of Petco Park “Lucchino’s lasting legacy.” His endeavours involved lobbying city officers and doing work to win voter approval of the ballpark proposal in 1998.
Lucchino claimed he was “deeply honored by my collection into the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame.”
“I’m happy of what we achieved on the discipline and in the local community, and I am proud that the Padres can continue on to provide successful, cost-effective baseball in a exclusive, warm, hospitable and at ease natural environment,” he included. “As we hoped, our beloved San Diego is rising as a single of America’s best baseball markets.”
Leitner was the most important perform-by-enjoy radio voice of “My Padres” from 1980 through 2020. He has been a broadcaster for 43 several years in San Diego and proceeds to be the voice of San Diego Condition University Aztec soccer and basketball.
His job incorporates 25 a long time (1978-2002) as a sporting activities anchor for KFMB-Television set, the neighborhood CBS affiliate, and enjoy-by-engage in roles for the previous San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles, the previous San Diego Clippers, the College of Oklahoma and the College of Connecticut.
Further than broadcasting, Leitner has served as the Master of Ceremonies for several Padres gatherings, like Corridor of Fame ceremonies, the memorials of Jerry Coleman and Tony Gwynn, Opening Working day ceremonies, and Jerry Coleman Day in 2012, which honored Coleman’s 70 a long time in baseball.
“This is the best honor of my professional lifestyle,” Leitner claimed. “Broadcasting for ‘My Padres’ for 4 a long time was pure pleasure, but this is further than my expectations.”
Prior to the induction ceremony, Lucchino and Leitner will be extra to the Padres Hall of Fame exhibit in Palm Court Plaza at Petco Park. They will join luminaries these types of as Tony Gwynn Coleman, Ray Kroc and Dave Winfield.