Originally published October 5, 2012 at 12:28 p.m., updated May 22, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.
"The First Padres" is the story of San Diego’s first professional baseball team, the Padres of the Pacific Coast League. From their first season in 1936 at the classic wooden ballpark by the bay, Lane Field; through a decade at Westgate Park in Mission Valley; to their last year in 1968 at San Diego Stadium, the film follows the growth of a city along with the first team it could call its own.
Featuring interviews with fans and players, including Hall of Fame second baseman Bobby Doerr, along with previously unseen game footage and photos of such legendary players as San Diego’s own Ted Williams, "The First Padres" is a look at America’s pastime in America’s Finest City the way it has never been seen before.
This program originally aired in 2012.