The San Diego Mariners were the fourth incarnation of a troubled franchise even before the league ever began play, and the WHA's most traveled club. After three stops in the New York-New Jersey area in the first two seasons, the club was purchased from the league by California businessman Joseph Schwartz in the summer of 1974. Considering the team's horrible attendance records in all three of its previous homes, the '74-'75 season was practically an overnight sensation, averaging 6,800 a game. Ironically, the year's biggest draw was a pre-season exhibition matchup against the NHL's California Golden Seals, which the Mariners won 4-3.
The first season was a great one in San Diego, but as the novelty of hockey in sunny southern California wore off, the next few seasons were not great, and the Mariners, like so many of their WHA counterparts, would slip in the box office and the team's owner gave up and it's operations were taken over by the league for the remainder of the 1975-76 season.
During that summer, McDonald's mogul Ray Kroc (who was also owner of the San Diego Padres) bought the team with the attention of applying for membership to the NHL but that never happened as the Mariners suffered through another sub-par season. The team folded just prior to training camp in 1977.
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