I have an autographed card from each year the Padres have been a major league franchise. I have chosen a different player to represent each year. I will showcase that card in this feature until we get to this year.
In 1968 four cities were awarded major league baseball expansion franchises. Montreal, Kansas City, Seattle and San Diego started playing in the major leagues in 1969. In 1968 an expansion draft was held to stock the teams from the current major league teams. Montreal and San Diego went first, and with their first pick San Diego choose Ollie Brown from the San Francisco Giants. Ollie went on to play in the majors until 1977, he played in San Diego from 1969 to 1972 when he was traded to the A's. Ollie Brown also had a brother who played in the NFL, Willie Brown and a brother Oscar who played for the Braves.
In 1969 the Padres were managed by Preston Gomez and finished 52-110, sixth in the division. It was just the first of six consecutive losing seasons in San Diego.