Posted June 16, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder Tony Gwynn Dies At 54

Longtime San Diego Padres outfielder and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has passed away at the age of 54.

He was battling salivary gland cancer for the past four years, and just recently been suffering from the hardest part of that fight.

According to MLB,

“A star baseball and basketball player in college, Tony Gwynn opted for the diamond and fashioned a stellar 20-year career with the San Diego Padres,” Gwynn’s bio in the Baseball Hall of Fame states. “Gwynn’s mastery of slapping the ball between the third baseman and shortstop, what the lefty called the “5.5 hole,” propelled him to 3,141 career hits, a lifetime .338 batting average and eight batting crowns, an NL record he shares with Honus Wagner. A true student of hitting, Gwynn was an early advocate of using videotape to study his swing, while his five outfield Gold Glove Awards, 319 career stolen bases and 15 All-Star Game selections attest to his superior all-around play.”

I remember him as one of the classiest men to ever step the field of professional baseball. He was always a fear at the plate as Gwynn was a hitting machine in his prime, and you always pitched around him to get to the next hitter.
In a sport that is surrounded with players getting traded and leaving for free agency, Gwynn spent his entire career with the Padres after debuting in 1982.
His son is currently an outfielder of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Check out some of his highlights below.