Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn died early Monday, following a long battle with cancer. He was 54,
Left handed Gwynn had 3,141 hits during a career that spanned 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres. He compiled a career .338 batting average – 18th best of all-time – in 2,440 games. The 15-time All-Star won eight batting titles and five Gold Glove Awards. He was a key member of the 1984 and 1998 San Diego Padres National League Championship teams.
Commissioner Bob Selig called Gwynn one of the best hitters “our game has ever known.”
“For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the National Pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched,” Selig said. “On behalf of all of our Clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Tony’s wife Alicia, their son Tony Jr. of the Phillies, their daughter Anisha, the Padres franchise, his fans in San Diego and his many admirers throughout Baseball.”
The death was first reported by longtime baseball writer Barry Bloom and confirmed by the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Tony Gwynn has died, his agent John Boggs just told me. It was the phone call I've been dreading. God bless, Mr. Padre. I love you. @Padres
— Barry M. Bloom (@Boomskie) June 16, 2014
“It is with profound sadness that we mourn the passing of Tony Gwynn,” said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “He was beloved by so many, especially the Hall of Fame family, for his kindness, graciousness and passion for the game. Tony was one of baseball history’s most consistent hitters and most affable personalities. He was an icon for San Diego Padres fans, never more evident than on Induction Day of 2007, when tens of thousands of Tony’s most appreciative fans filled Cooperstown for his Hall of Fame speech. We extend our deepest sympathies to Alicia and the entire Gwynn family.”
Just last week, Gwynn agreed to a one-year contract extension as the baseball coach at his alma mater, San Diego State, where he had coached since 2002.