28 Facts About San Diego Padres


San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball team based in San Diego.

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The Padres compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League West division.

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The San Diego Padres are one of two Major League Baseball teams in California to originate from the state; the Athletics were originally from Philadelphia, and the Dodgers and Giants are originally from two New York City boroughs—Brooklyn and Manhattan, respectively.

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The San Diego Padres are the only team in California not to have won a World Series.

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In 1969, the San Diego Padres joined the ranks of Major League Baseball as one of four new expansion teams, along with the Montreal Expos, the Kansas City Royals, and the Seattle Pilots.

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The San Diego Padres' main draw during the 1980s and 1990s was hall of famer Tony Gwynn, who won eight league batting titles.

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Until 2021, the San Diego Padres were the last team in MLB that had yet to throw a no-hitter.

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From 1969 to 1993, the San Diego Padres held spring training in Yuma, Arizona at Desert Sun Stadium.

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The San Diego Padres broke out a new brown cap, complete with a gold front panel and a brown "SD", which would remain for the next several years.

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In 1984, the San Diego Padres added the initials "RAK" on the left sleeve in honor of Ray Kroc.

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In 1985, the San Diego Padres switched to using a script-like logo in which San Diego Padres was written sloped up.

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The logo only lasted one year, as the San Diego Padres changed their logo for the third time in three years, again by switching colors of the ring.

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San Diego Padres unveiled a navy blue alternate uniform in 1997, featuring the team name in front written in navy blue with orange drop shadows.

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Logo was completely changed when the team changed stadiums between the 2003 and 2004 seasons, with the new logo looking similar to home plate with San Diego written in sand font at the top right corner and the Padres new script written completely across the center.

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The Padres continued to wear their primary navy cap at home, while on the road they went with a second navy cap with "SD" in sand.

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In 2022, the San Diego Padres joined 13 other teams in wearing Nike's "City Connect" uniforms.

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In 1996, the San Diego Padres became the first national sports team to have an annual military appreciation event.

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In 2000, the San Diego Padres began wearing a camouflage jersey to honor the military.

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For 2011, the San Diego Padres changed the camouflage design to a more modern "digital" design, using the MARPAT design after receiving permission from then-Commandant James Conway, and dropped the green from the lettering and logo of the jersey.

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For 2016, to coincide with hosting the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the San Diego Padres changed the camouflage jersey ; this time to navy blue this design was only worn for one season as for 2017, the San Diego Padres switched the camouflage jersey to Marine, which was used through 2019.

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For 2020, the Padres will begin using two different camouflage jersey colors: green and sand-olive, both with the current Padres wordmark.

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Now, every Sunday home game the San Diego Padres play is "Military Sunday", where they wear their camouflage uniforms instead of their normal brown-and-yellow uniforms.

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San Diego Padres are one of two teams in the National League West that have never won the World Series, though they have made and lost both appearances as the National League Pennant winner in both 1984 and 1998 respectively.

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San Diego Padres were first portrayed in the 1979 NBC made-for-TV film The Kid from Left Field, starring Gary Coleman as Jackie Robinson "JR " Cooper, a youngster who is passionate about baseball, and puts his knowledge to good use when he becomes the manager of the Padres and helps lead them to the World Series.

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In 2016, the San Diego Padres were portrayed in the one-season Fox television series Pitch, starring Kylie Bunbury as Ginny Baker, the first female to play in Major League Baseball.

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San Diego Padres established The Padres Scholars program, the first of its kind among professional sports.

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Originally each San Diego Padres scholar was selected as a seventh-grader and received a $5,000 scholarship after graduation from high school to go towards higher education.

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San Diego Padres are the sponsors of and heavily involved in most aspects of the Sports Business Management MBA degree program offered in conjunction with San Diego State University's College of Business Administration.

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