Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Dead at 54

    Members of the San Francisco Giants look on and applaud as San Diego
Padres Tony Gwynn is honored during a pre-game ceremony at Pacific Bell
Park in San Francisco September 30, 2001. Gwynn, who announced his
retirement this year after playing his entire 20 year career with the
Padres, was playing his final game in San Francisco. REUTERS/ Susan


    Susan Ragan/Reuters

    Mr. Padre is gone. Tony Gwynn has died at the age of 54. The Hall of Famer played 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, earning eight National League batting titles, five Golden Gloves, and 15 All-Star Game appearances. He hit a career average .338 and snagged 3,141 hits during his time in the big leagues. Since 2002, he had been serving as the baseball coach for his alma mater, San Diego State University, and received a contract extension last week, despite his known health problems. For the past four years, he’s been battling cancer in his salivary glands. His son, Tony Gwynn Jr., is an outfielder with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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