A city so nice, they named it twice, Walla Walla, Washington fielded a Class A Short-Season roster for seven years in its affiliation with the San Diego Padres before folding after the 1983 campaign. As vintage minor league apparel goes, it seldom gets better than this: a Walla Walla Padres cap autographed by the club’s most famous son, Tony Gwynn. The brown-and-gold mesh-knit blend adjustable accessory features an overlapping “WW” logo embroidered to the front center. On the brown bill’s underside, Gwynn’s black marker signature shows (“8”) strength. A handwritten notation of “41” (in an unknown hand) suggests game use. The sweatband is home to a “New Era” Pro Model tag. Solid wear is evident. Full photo LOA from JSA (for autograph). More on our website.
The item has all the earmarks of a gamer, though use by Gwynn cannot be confirmed. Gwynn hit .331 in 42 games for the 1981 Walla Walla Padres before earning a promotion to the Class AA San Antonio Gold Sox.