In 1969, Murphy was instrumental in bringing the San Diego Padres from the Pacific Coast League to the major leagues in the expansion of the National League.
In 1997 the Stadium was renamed Qualcomm Stadium in a time where corporate sponsorship began to take over ball parks.
I was at Qualcomm Stadium in 2003, the Padres last season there before moving to the beautiful Petco Park in 2004. First off San Diego is probably the most beautiful city in the United States, with its miles of gorgeous Pacific Ocean beaches, Mission Bay & the modern metropolitan down town area. The main area downtown is the historic Gam Lamp Quarter which is filled with restaurants, bars & an amazing outdoor open air mall. The 16 block area was revitalized with the building of Petco Park, which saw hotels, condo’s & new business build up all around the area. On our second trip to San Diego in 2006, we stayed on Coronado Island which is a resort paradise of its own. The island is one of the most expensive places in the country to live & is home to a US Navy base which trains the Navy Seals.