Tony Gwynn, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 after totaling 3141 hits in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001 has passed away at the age of 54 years old. Gwynn was born on May 9, 1960, in Los Angeles, California and died this morning. He had been battling salivary gland cancer, which he long held was caused by chewing tobacco use during his playing days.
Gwynn had a career .338 batting average, 18th best of all-time, in 2440 games. He hit .300+ for 19 consecutive years. He was a 15-time All-Star who won eight batting titles and five Gold Glove Awards.
He struck out just 434 times in his career an average of 21.7 times a season
In his entire career, he had one three-strikeout game and just 33 games with two whiffs.
He had 36 10+-game hitting streaks
His high was 25 games in 1983 and 20 games in 1997.
Gwynn had 45 4-hit games
Nine to Know: He had nine five-hit games, four in 1993
Gwynn’s 2000th hit
Elected to the Hall
Gwynn was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot in January 2007, named on 532 of 545 votes cast (97.6%), joining Cal Ripken Jr as the 2007 Hall of Fame electees. Gwynn was also honored with the 1995 Branch Rickey Award, the 1998 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award and the 1999 Roberto Clemente Award.
“Tony will be remembered in baseball circles for his hitting acumen, as evidenced by a lofty .338 lifetime batting average and an astonishing eight National League batting titles,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “But it was his infectious laugh, ever-present smile and humble disposition that made Mr. Padre a favorite in San Diego and an endearing figure to a nation of baseball fans who marveled at his career accolades and celebrated his 2007 induction into the Hall of Fame in record numbers.”
“Remember these two things: play hard and have fun.” Tony Gwynn
Gwynn’s 3000th hit
Tony Gwynn’s HOF Padres career