Why are they called the San Diego Padres?

The longtime Pacific Coast League entry from San Diego was called the Padres, so in 1969 the National League expansion club adopted the name. The Padres competed in the Pacific Coast League from 1936 to 1968.

Padre is the Spanish word for father, and since San Diego was the site of one of the first Spanish Catholic missions on the West Coast, that term has long been associated with the city.

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes is the author of three books about baseball, including Ty Cobb: A Biography. He formerly worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media. He lives in Michigan where he writes, runs, and enjoys a good orange soda now and again.

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