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5. First Ever All-Star Game In San Diego
Baseball was about to become extinct in San Diego and was nearly packed up and ready to move to Washington D.C. but McDonald’s owner Ray Kroc saved the team from moving, becoming the owner of the San Diego franchise in 1974. Shortly after, San Diego was awarded the 1978 All-Star Game at San Diego Stadium.
The Padres had firsts that night with having more than one All-Star for the first time ever, outfielder Dave Winfield and reliever Rollie Fingers. Both Fingers and Winfield were given huge rounds of applause from the Friar Faithful in front of 51,549 in attendance. Fingers gave up one hit, but struck out one over two scoreless innings, while Winfield hit 1-for-2 and scored a run to help get the National League to win 7-3.