Displayed is an early 1970s San Diego Padres' cap in the Padres' original colors. The Padres originated as a National League expansion team in 1969 and took the same Padres nickname as the long-time former Pacific Coast franchise in San Diego. The Padres' name is based on the founding of San Diego in 1769 by the Francisco Fathers; in Spanish Fathers translates to Padres. The original Padres played home games at San Diego Stadium, and they were managed by Preston Gomez. The team struggled in the first years as a franchise, but one of their original picks in the expansion draft was first baseman Nate Colbert, selected from the Houston Astros, and Colbert, with 163 home runs, still is the Padres' all-time home run leader. As a franchise, the team won pennants in 1984 and 1998. An interlocking "SD" is on the front, in gold letters on a brown cap. The cap has a gold "button" on top. On the back hatband is a New Era (Pro Model) manufacturer's tag. Also, on the back hatband is a size "6 and 7/8" tag. The cap shows light wear and is in excellent condition. The San Diego Padres have changed the design of the team's caps many times over the years, and this offered cap is a great vintage throwback to the team's early years.