The inductions will take place as part of a home plate ceremony on July 7 prior to the Padres game against the San Francisco Giants game. Lucchino and Leitner will become the 16th and 17th members of the Padres Hall of Fame.
Lucchino served as the club’s top executive from 1995 to 2001. He played an integral role in building the Padres teams that went on to win National League West titles in 1996 and 1998 and the 1998 NL pennant, first by hiring fellow Padres Hall of Famer Kevin Towers as general manager, and then by working closely with Towers and manager Bruce Bochy to construct championship-caliber teams.
The team called his presiding over the approval and design of Petco Park “Lucchino’s lasting legacy.” His efforts included lobbying city officials and working to win voter approval of the ballpark proposal in 1998.
Lucchino said he was “deeply honored by my selection into the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame.”
“I’m proud of what we accomplished on the field and in the community, and I am proud that the Padres can continue to supply winning, affordable baseball in a distinctive, warm, hospitable and comfortable environment,” he added. “As we hoped, our beloved San Diego is emerging as one of America’s best baseball markets.”
Leitner was the primary play-by-play radio voice of “My Padres” from 1980 through 2020. He has been a broadcaster for 43 years in San Diego and continues to be the voice of San Diego State University Aztec football and basketball.
His career includes 25 years (1978-2002) as a sports anchor for KFMB-TV, the local CBS affiliate, and play-by-play roles for the former San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles, the former San Diego Clippers, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Connecticut.
Beyond broadcasting, Leitner has served as the Master of Ceremonies for many Padres events, including Hall of Fame ceremonies, the memorials of Jerry Coleman and Tony Gwynn, Opening Day ceremonies, and Jerry Coleman Day in 2012, which honored Coleman’s 70 years in baseball.
“This is the greatest honor of my professional life,” Leitner said. “Broadcasting for ‘My Padres’ for four decades was pure pleasure, but this is beyond my expectations.”
Prior to the induction ceremony, Lucchino and Leitner will be added to the Padres Hall of Fame exhibit in Palm Court Plaza at Petco Park. They will join luminaries such as Tony Gwynn Coleman, Ray Kroc and Dave Winfield.