In another one of my flashbacks to those so-called ” I Was There ” games, we go back to 1983. In the Dodgers 6-2 win over the Padres, that evenings game would be significant in that it would be former Dodger Steve Garvey’s first game back at Dodger Stadium. He would be given a 5 minute ovation ( Or it seemed that way ) before making his way toward home plate but not before saluting the crowd back. The only player left in the 1983 season from that famous long standing infield was SS Bill Russell.
That evening would also be the first time seeing those god-awful ugly taco brown tops the Padres sported on the road. So ugly we’re these uni’s that the Padres WS appearance the following year gave it the type of national exposure that would ultimately lead to it’s timely death.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, APRIL 1983