Nate Colbert, the Padres' first slugger, passed away on January 5, 2023 at age 76.
Colbert came up in Cardinals' and Astros' organizations, then was taken by San Diego in the expansion draft.
He was the Pads' everyday 1st baseman for their first 5 seasons, hitting 24, 38, 27, 38, and 22 homers those years. He also made the All-Star team in '71, '72, and '73.
In 1974 the team acquired Willie McCovey, so Colbert split his time between 1B and LF. After the season he was traded to Detroit, and played his final 2 seasons with the Tigers, Expos, and Athletics.