Nate Colbert, who hit more home runs than anyone in San Diego Padres history, has died at the age of 76. team announcement Thursday. The cause of death has not been revealed.
A former Padres member, Colbert hit 163 home runs for the team from 1969-74.
Padres Chairman Peter Seidler said in a statement, “Nate was devoted to his community off the field and dedicated his time to underprivileged youth through his ministry.” He was a kind person.”
The first baseman played briefly for the Astros before being selected by the Padres in the expansion draft. He was an All-Star from 1971-73 and finished eighth in the 1972 NL MVP voting.
In 1972, Colbert became the second player in major league history to hit five homers in a doubleheader. He also had his 13 RBIs in a historic trip with the Braves.
A back injury delayed his career for ten years, and he briefly played for the Tigers, Expos and A’s before retiring in 1976.
In 1999, the Padres inducted the Missouri native into the team’s first Hall of Fame class.