» January 25, 1974: Ray Kroc, fast-food entrepreneur (McDonalds), buys the Padres for $12 million.
» April 9, 1974: New Padres owner Ray Kroc, watching his team losing their 4th straight, 9–2, in their home opener, takes to the public address system in the 8th inning: "Ladies and gentlemen, I suffer with you. . . . I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life." While he is speaking a streaker runs across the field. San Diego scores three but loses to Houston 9-5. Hearing of the incident, Commissioner Kuhn will make Kroc apologize to the fans.
» August 23, 1979:
Commissioner Kuhn slaps Padres owner Ray Kroc with a $100,000 fine for tampering, following remarks Kroc made about potential free agents Joe Morgan and Graig Nettles.