San Diego Padres


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The San Diego Padres established a name for themselves in 1968 after being awarded a National League franchise team during an owners meeting in Chicago. As the initial expansion draft took place – the team crafted a solid team consisting of thirty players, with Ollie Lee “Downtown” Brown as their first pick. The group of newly found teammates would go on to defeat Houston 2-1 during their major league debut at San Diego Stadium in 1969.
The Southern Californian team decided to adopt the name “Padres” to honor the minor league teams that had previously played in the area. “Padres” is the Spanish term for fathers or priests – referring to the friars that recognized San Diego as the site of the first Spanish Mission in the state.
Although this sun-soaking team has yet to bring home the Commissioner’s Trophy, they have appeared in the playoffs five times – reaching the World Series only twice. Despite this fact, the Padres have had many baseball greats take the field in their name. Tony Gwynn, known as “Mr. Padre,” was one of the greatest hitters the MLB has ever seen – and has displayed immense loyalty by sticking with the club for twenty seasons. Fan favorite, Randy Jones, created a lasting bond among Padres fans after being the first player on the team to receive the CY Young award in 1976 – going 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA and 25 complete games.
A teams logo is the emblem that drives instant recognition among fans, and creates a whole new realm of respect for the team and home city. We decided to take a look into the history of #PadresNation to see how their logo has transformed since their inception.

Notable Logo Changes

Entering the league in 1969, the Padres used seven different logos and four different colorways. Throughout time, the team mainly used a logo that placed emphasis on the team and city name. The Padres, although considered one of the younger franchises in the MLB, have had their share of logo changes. The 2016 season marks the latest modification to the team’s emblem; midnight blue, white and gold are utilized as the team’s primary colors.

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