1997 Padres Paradise Series[1][2][3]
Teams
Date
  • April 19, 1997 (1997-04-19) – April 20, 1997 (1997-04-20)
  • 4:09 p.m. HST (Saturday, April 19)
  • 7:17 p.m. HST (Saturday, April 19)
  • 2:05 p.m. HST (Sunday, April 20)
VenueAloha Stadium
CityHonolulu, Hawaii
Managers
UmpiresWally Bell
Jerry Crawford
Tom Hallion
Ed Montague
Attendance
  • 37,382 (games 1 & 2)
  • 40,050 (game 3)
Time of game
  • 2:36 (game 1)
  • 2:34 (game 2)
  • 2:53 (game 3)

The Padres Paradise Series[1][2][3] was a three-game Major League Baseball regular season series between the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, on April 19 and 20, 1997. These were the first regular-season major league games played in Hawaii.[3][4] The Padres were the home team for all three games. The Cardinals won the opening two games (a twi-night doubleheader) on April 19, winning the first 1–0 and the second 2–1.[5][6] The Padres won the third game on April 20 by a score of 8–2.[7] Reported attendances were 37,382 (games 1 & 2) and 40,050 (game 3).[6][7]

The Padres front office saw the series as a test run for future exhibition games in Hawaii.[8] The Padres had played an exhibition series at Aloha Stadium in 1975 against Japan's Seibu Lions.[3][8] The Padres arrived in Hawaii with an 8–5 record. The three-game series began a stretch in which they lost 10 of 11 and dropped below .500 for the rest of the season.[9]

Participating teams

The Padres first asked the Houston Astros to move a series from San Diego to Honolulu, but the Astros declined. The Padres then turned to the Cardinals.[10]

Rosters

San Diego Padres 1997 roster

1997 San Diego Padres
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

St. Louis Cardinals 1997 roster

1997 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Venue

Aerial view of Aloha Stadium in its baseball/soccer configuration
Aerial view of Aloha Stadium in its baseball/soccer configuration

Main article: Aloha Stadium

Broadcasting

The Sunday game was nationally televised on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.[4]

Series summary

The series was composed of three Padres regular season home games relocated from San Diego.

Game 1

The first game was held on Saturday, April 19, 1997 at 4:09 p.m. HST.[5]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 0
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
WP: Mark Petkovsek (2-2)   LP: Sterling Hitchcock (2-1)   Sv: Dennis Eckersley (3)
Attendance: 37,382
Notes: Game duration 2:36
Boxscore

Game 2

The second game was held on Saturday, April 19, 1997 at 7:17 p.m. HST.[6]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
WP: Alan Benes (2-1)   LP: WP: Tim Worrell (1-2)
Attendance: 37,382
Notes: Game duration 2:34
Boxscore

Game 3

The third game was held on Sunday, April 20, 1997 at 2:05 p.m. HST.[7]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0
San Diego Padres 2 0 1 4 0 0 1 0 X 8 12 0
WP: Andy Ashby (1-1)   LP: Brady Raggio (1-1)
Home runs:
StL: Ron Gant (2, off Andy Ashby, 4th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep LF-CF).
SD: None
Attendance: 40,050
Notes: Game duration 2:53
Boxscore

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Sanchez, Jesse (August 19, 2017). "History made in first Little League Classic". MLB.com. Archived from the original on November 30, 2020. Retrieved August 11, 2021. In 1997, we played the San Diego Padres at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii in a three-game "Padres Paradise Series".
  2. ^ a b St. Louis Cardinals [@Cardinals] (August 20, 2017). "St. Louis Cardinals on Twitter" (Tweet). Retrieved August 11, 2021 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b c d "Padres to play Cardinals in Hawaii". AP News. Associated Press. February 25, 1997. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Padres tickets are still available". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. April 8, 1997. Retrieved August 11, 2021. Sports
  5. ^ a b "St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres Box Score, April 19, 1997 (Game 1)". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c "St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres Box Score, April 19, 1997 (Game 2)". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres Box Score, April 20, 1997". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  8. ^ a b Arnett, Paul; Yuen, Mike (February 25, 1997). "Padres, Cardinals to play in Hawaii". Sports. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  9. ^ Sanders, Jeff (April 19, 2020). "Padres history (April 19): Aloha, Major League Baseball". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  10. ^ Tomasik, Mark (April 18, 2017). "Birds of paradise: Why Cardinals played in Hawaii". RetroSimba. Retrieved August 11, 2021.