HardBall Talk linked to a story today about a San Diego Padres’ farm team using the old Pac Man style font on their new uniforms.  And while the Padres have no immediate plans to trade their navy and gold colour scheme in for the brown and yellow of their past, by revisiting their vintage uniforms, the Tucson Padres are clearly taking a step in the right direction.

Here is a brief pictorial history of Padres’ uniforms, or more accurately, cool pictures of San Diego Padres players:

The only thing better than Dave Winfield’s confident pose for this picture is that he’s wearing a Converse All Star undershirt.

Rollie Fingers, in this late seventies uniform, is perhaps the only San Diego Padres player who could ever double as an actual padre.

Rich “Goose” Gossage sports the classic Padres kit from the mid eighties.

By 1987, the Padres dropped the yellow and red and started forcing their best players to pose for album covers.  Tony Gwynn is totally ripping off Lionel Richie here.

These brown jerseys from 1986 doubled as camouflaged for errant tobacco filled spit from the likes of John Kruk.

Andy Benes showcases his bunting skills and his team’s bringing back of the red colouring that highlighted their jerseys a decade earlier.

The Padres logo and white jersey hasn’t changed much from the one that David Wells used in 2004.  The under arm stains are his own making and have nothing to do with the design.

After their final win of 2010, Heath Bell and Yorvit Torrealba high five each other over the prospect of having better looking uniforms in the future.

Comments (10)

  1. I’ve always loved the late-80s brown Padres caps.

  2. I HATE the Padres new uniforms. It’s so {Getting Blanked} BORING. Introducing some of the character from the past would be a huge marketing boon to a team that probably needs one anyway.

    The Jays need an update badly as well and there are some great ideas floating about out there including the one on my Twitter account.

    And for the love of GOD, the Pirates need to get rid of the red on their damn logo. Only the Pirates can ruin on of the best logo/nickname/colour combos in sports by introducing an artificial third colour.

    It’d be cool to get your opinion on what logos/uniforms need changing and what ones are classics.

  3. I think the Tigers have the sharpest uniforms and logos out there. The logo and jerseys are stylish, sophisticated, and timeless. While the Brewers should go back to the Royal Blue “ball and glove” logo/jerseys permanently and the Orioles should think about re-introducing the uniforms and caricature Oriole from the ’70s.

  4. What about the camo ones? Surely they deserve an honourable mention!

  5. The Tigers have the nicest home unis, for sure. For road uniforms, the Tigers used to have those 70′s style pullover jerseys and elastic waistband pants with orange and black trim that were just plain ugly.

  6. John Kruk would do anything for love, but he won’t do that….no he won’t do that.

  7. hey Parkes,

    here’s an interesting story out of Japan:


  8. What “Padres” have to do with War is beyond my grasp. Those camo uniforms lose all their coolness when you realize it’s a marketing ploy to get people to join the military.

  9. San Diego is a pretty serious military town, with both huge Navy and Air Force bases close to town. It’s a huge part of the city’s identity.

  10. Team should change name to the San Diego Warships….or San Diego B52′s.

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