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Tony Gwynn, Baseball’s ‘Mr. Padre,’ Dies at 54

In college, Tony Gwynn read Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams’ how-to book, The Science of Hitting. It must have made an impression.

Tony Gwynn in 2011The stocky left-handed outfielder, who died on June 16 at age 54 in Poway, Calif., went on to build the sort of baseball career with the San Diego Padres from 1982 to 2001 that little boys dream about. He won eight National League batting championships (tying Honus Wagner’s record), amassed 3,141 hits, had a .338 career batting average and was a 15-time All-Star.

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Gwynn was beloved in San Diego not just for his hitting feats, but for his loyalty to his hometown. He was the rare professional athlete who played his entire career for one team, despite the prospect of getting a far bigger salary elsewhere. Here are six facts you might not know about Gwynn.



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Here’s a video clip of Gwynn getting his 3,000th hit in 1999.


Photo of Gwynn in 2011: Krusty via Wikipedia


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