Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dead at 54

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who collected 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, died early Monday morning following a lengthy battle with cancer of the salivary gland. He was 54.

Gwynn passed away surrounded by family members at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, California, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 15-time All-Star won eight National League batting titles and five Gold Glove Awards, compiling a .338 batting average in 2,440 games. He helped lead the Padres to National League pennants in 1984 and 1998.

Gwynn was a first ballot Hall of Famer in 2007 (with 97.6% of the vote), joining Cal Ripken Jr. as the only inductees for that year. He was also the recipient of the Branch Rickey Award (1995), the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1998), and the Roberto Clemente Award (1999).

Gwynn's Hall of Fame plaque is inscribed with the following:

An artisan with the bat whose daily pursuit of excellence produced a .338 lifetime batting average, 3,141 hits and a National League record-tying eight batting titles. Consistency was his hallmark, hitting above .300 in 19 of his 20 major league seasons, including .394 in 1994. Renown for ability to hit to all fields frequently collecting opposite-field base hits between third base and shortstop. Struck out just once every 21 at-bats. A 15-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner. Hit .371 in two World Series – 1984 and 1998.

His induction speech can be read in its entirety at BaseballHall.org.


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