Photograph by
Tim Ammann

In 1960, the Cleveland Indians backed their bags and moved Triple-A operations to Toronto's Maple Leaf Stadium. In their place, the Chicago White Sox moved out of Indianapolis' Bush Stadium and took up residence for a short two year stint at the new Westgate Park. The Padres put up almost the same record as the previous season, going 77-75 (.507). The big bopper of the team was a former Pittsburgh Pirate named Bud Freese. His batting average
was just mediocre at .255, but his 25 homers took over as the most ever at Westgate Park. Future Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles All-Star Don Buford played a 18 games and batted .268. Future White Sox outfielder Floyd Robinson batted .318 with 20 doubles and 13 homers. Future White Sox' Bob Sadowski was impressive in 244 at bats batting .340, and future All-Star Chicago White Sox 20 game winner Gary Peters was 12-9 with a 4.34 ERA. The Padres finished in 5th place and by 1961, were well below .500 going 72-82 on the season. 2 veteran Major Leaguers were brought in to bring some pop into the lineup. Former Kansas City A's All-Star Harry Simpson hit 23 doubles, 24 homers, 105 RBI and batted .303 while Joe Taylor hit .268 with 22 doubles, while taking over the all-time lead in homers at Westgate Park with 26. Other future impact players included future California Angels All-Star Bobby Knoop who wasn't quite ready for the bigs (14 2B, .200) and Mike Hershberger (26 2B, 13 HR, .310). The pitching was pretty good with a few future and former All-Stars coming to the Westgate Park mound... future Chicago White Sox hurler Joe Horlen went 12-9 with a 2.56 ERA while former Cleveland Indians All-Star, Herb Score went 7-6 with a 5.10 ERA. Future White Sox All Star Gary Peters returned as well and went 13-10 with a 3.59 ERA.