Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn – 1960-2014

Tony Gwynn
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

Gwynn SI HOF cover

Nine to Know: He had nine five-hit games, four in 1993

Rk Date ▴ Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
1 1987-04-16 LAD W 3-2 5 5 1 5 2 0 0 1
2 1987-08-11 ATL W 7-6 5 5 4 5 0 0 1 1
3 1992-09-08 SFG L 5-6 8 8 1 5 2 0 0 2
4 1993-04-18 STL W 10-6 5 5 3 5 0 0 1 2
5 1993-04-30 NYM W 7-6 5 5 1 5 1 0 0 3
6 1993-07-27 CHC W 8-0 5 5 0 5 2 0 0 3
7 1993-08-04 SFG W 11-10 7 7 2 6 2 0 0 0
8 1994-04-23 PHI W 8-2 5 5 4 5 1 0 1 3
9 1998-04-28 CHC W 7-3 5 5 3 5 0 0 1 2
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Generated 6/16/2014.

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.”

Gwynn Tony Plaque_NBL

“Remember these two things: play hard and have fun.” Tony Gwynn

Gwynn’s 3000th hit

Tony Gwynn’s HOF Padres career

Year Age G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG Awards
1982 22 54 190 33 55 12 2 1 17 8 3 14 16 .289 .337 .389
1983 23 86 304 34 94 12 2 1 37 7 4 23 21 .309 .355 .372
1984 ★ 24 158 606 88 213 21 10 5 71 33 18 59 23 .351 .410 .444 AS,SS
1985 ★ 25 154 622 90 197 29 5 6 46 14 11 45 33 .317 .364 .408 AS
1986 ★ 26 160 642 107 211 33 7 14 59 37 9 52 35 .329 .381 .467 AS,GG,SS
1987 ★ 27 157 589 119 218 36 13 7 54 56 12 82 35 .370 .447 .511 AS,GG,SS
1988 28 133 521 64 163 22 5 7 70 26 11 51 40 .313 .373 .415  
1989 ★ 29 158 604 82 203 27 7 4 62 40 16 56 30 .336 .389 .424 AS,GG,SS
1990 ★ 30 141 573 79 177 29 10 4 72 17 8 44 23 .309 .357 .415 AS,GG
1991 ★ 31 134 530 69 168 27 11 4 62 8 8 34 19 .317 .355 .432 AS,GG
1992 ★ 32 128 520 77 165 27 3 6 41 3 6 46 16 .317 .371 .415 AS
1993 ★ 33 122 489 70 175 41 3 7 59 14 1 36 19 .358 .398 .497 AS,
1994 ★ 34 110 419 79 165 35 1 12 64 5 0 48 19 .394 .454 .568 AS,SS
1995 ★ 35 135 535 82 197 33 1 9 90 17 5 35 15 .368 .404 .484 AS,SS
1996 ★ 36 116 451 67 159 27 2 3 50 11 4 39 17 .353 .400 .441 AS
1997 ★ 37 149 592 97 220 49 2 17 119 12 5 43 28 .372 .409 .547 AS,SS
1998 ★ 38 127 461 65 148 35 0 16 69 3 1 35 18 .321 .364 .501 AS,
1999 ★ 39 111 411 59 139 27 0 10 62 7 2 29 14 .338 .381 .477 AS
2000 40 36 127 17 41 12 0 1 17 0 1 9 4 .323 .364 .441
2001 41 71 102 5 33 9 1 1 17 1 0 10 9 .324 .384 .461
20 Yrs 2440 9288 1383 3141 543 85 135 1138 319 125 790 434 .338 .388 .459
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG Awards
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Generated 6/16/2014.
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  • Warren Shapiro

    Like the plaque says in the Hall of Fame Tony Gwynn is “Mr. Padre ” also we will miss that great smile.

  • John Finn Jr

    It’s hard to believe. He was so young. God bless him and his family.

  • VtBob

    Only in the year he was called up did he hit less than .300! Only 18 people in the history of the game hit better. He was a gem to watch & his demeanor was unmatched. My condolences to his family and to all his fans in San Diego and in baseball. Mr. Padre will never be forgotten!