San Diego Padres

From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection containing tens of thousands of artifacts, our curators have created each team’s Starting Nine by hand-picking nine must-see pieces for each of the 30 MLB teams. This limited-time list is the perfect introduction to the Museum for every San Diego Padres fan.

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Nate Colbert: Five Home Run Day Bat

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Swinging this bat on August 1, 1972, San Diego's Nate Colbert homered five times in a doubleheader against the Braves. The Padres first baseman finished the season with 38 round-trippers, only two behind NL leader Johnny Bench.

Tony Gwynn: 3,000th Hit Helmet

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In the first inning against the Montreal Expos on August 6, 1999, San Diego's Tony Gwynn wore this helmet as he lined a single to right-center field to join the 3,000-hit club. On the same day, six years earlier, the Padres right fielder had collected his 2,000th hit.

Tony Gwynn: 1994 Season Jersey

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Tony Gwynn wore this jersey during the strike-shortened 1994 season as he led the National League with 165 hits and a .394 batting average. "Mr. Padre" spent his entire 20-year big league career with San Diego and holds club records in hits (3,141), RBI (1,138), and batting average (.338).

Rickey Henderson: Runs Record Baseball

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In the bottom of the third inning on October 4, 2001, San Diego's Rickey Henderson smashed this ball for a home run, scoring his 2,246th career run. Depending on the statistical source, his mark either tied or broke Ty Cobb's previous record. Three games later, Henderson reached the 3,000-hit milestone.

Trevor Hoffman: 500th Save Shoes

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Wearing these shoes on June 6, 2007, Padres reliever Trevor Hoffman struck out Russell Martin of the Dodgers, securing San Diego's 5-2 win and becoming the first closer to reach 500 saves. The hurler retired in 2010 with a then-record 601 saves.

Greg Maddux: 350th Victory Jersey

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San Diego hurler Greg Maddux wore this jersey on May 10, 2008, as he notched his 350th win, only the ninth pitcher to reach that plateau. He finished his 23-year career with 355 wins, 3,371 strikeouts, and a 3.16 ERA.

San Diego Chicken Mascot Costume

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The San Diego Chicken made his first appearance in 1974 for a radio station, but quickly became a staple at Padres games. Ted Giannoulas hatched the idea for The Famous Chicken and inhabited the mascot costume across four decades.

Ozzie Smith: Record-Setting Glove

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Using this glove in 1980, San Diego's Ozzie Smith broke Glenn Wright's 1924 record of 601 assists at shortstop, ultimately setting a new mark of 621. That same season, "The Wizard of Oz" earned his first of 13 Gold Gloves at the position.

Alex Torres: Protective Cap

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After watching his teammate get hit in the head in 2013, reliever Álex Torres resolved to put safety first when standing atop the mound. The Padres hurler wore this isoBLOX cap, which features padding to lessen the blows of line drives, on June 21, 2014.

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