Monday, June 16, 2014

Tony Gwynn Has Died

Padres great Tony Gwynn, who amassed 3,141 hits during a Hall of Fame career with the San Diego Padres, died Monday at the age of 54. Gwynn had been battling salivary gland cancer.

30 comments:

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

This one hit me hard. He was a hero and a senior at SDSU when I was a freshman. RIP, Tony Gywnn. Aztecs forever!

FSP said...

Wha??? RIP Tony.

sandybrook said...

RIP Tony one of the greatest hitters ever in baseball history and seemed like a really nice person too.

SusanB said...

Rats - what a shame! RIP Tony.

Dingle Barry said...

That's young. Peace be with his family, friends and former team mates.

OneEyeCharlie said...

When I was 20, 54 seemed ancient. Not so much anymore. Cancer sucks.

Lady Heisenberg said...

Noooooooo
RIP to a legendary man, athlete and San Diegan

Count Jerkula said...

Highest batting average of any player whose career started after WW2. 8 time batting champ, classy guy, good teammate.

RIP

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Anothergrayhare said...

So sad, RIP.

Sherry said...

Wow I'll bet salivary gland cancer is incredibly painful. My heart goes out to his friends and family.

Candyland said...

Oh no. This is awful. I met him in an All Star game suite years ago. Wonderful man.

HimynameisChloe said...

Omg, that exists? That is awful.

bellaluna said...

Farewell and RIP, Tony, my beloved fellow San Diegan and all around great guy. :(

Sass71 said...

I have never heard anyone say a negative thing about him. Beautiful person. RIP Tony.

bellaluna said...

Hubs-for-now worked on his house. Truly a nice guy.

AndrewBW said...

RIP. A great player. But I wonder about salivary gland cancer - did he chew tobacco?

Wen said...

Andrew - Did you ever see what chewing tobacco can do? Google it. It's horrifying!!!!

califblondy said...

Well crap, that just screwed up my day. I have San Diego local news and didn't hear anything this morning.

rolotomassi said...

Terrible news- I understood he was a GREAT coach & role model as well RIP tony g. damn that is soooo young

N. Twinkie said...

Very sad. He was in his prime when I lived in San Diego.

8=====D aka Lil Tool. KermitGosnellKnobJockey said...

RIP

auntliddy said...

Cancer f*cking blows. Rip.

PugsterMom said...

Tony Gwynne could have coached anywhere but chose to give back to the community by staying in san diego at SDSU. He is considered a treasure in San Diego. This is truly sad news.

RowdyRodimus said...

RIP to a great player and even better person. Always loved watching him play.
I still remember the year he had the highest batting average just ahead of Greg Jeffries but because Gwyn had gotten hurt and didn't have the required number of at bats, they came up with a new rule to figure in average with the required number of at bats and he beat Jefferies out with just a fraction of a point when Jeffries should've won it because he had the required number of at bats. My Dad and I call it the Tony Gwynn rule because they have never done it again even though it could've been applied many times since then.

RIP Tony. You played in and helped to make the years you played the greatest era in the history of baseball ever.

Chaos Organizer said...

One of the few true role models in sports. Class act, unbelievable talent, very humble & extremely loyal. I lived next door to his cousin one year in college, and he was footing her bill. I made the tragic mistake of not going out with her & "tony & chris" one night bc I didn't put the pieces together in time.

I really hope MLB, his family & the Padres use this tragedy as a way to teach kids about dipping

kj said...

This just is so sad. He was so very young. Great athlete, great Father, great community guy. He played it fair and square. No juice, just talent and very hard work. Always had a smile on his face. A great loss for all of us

All lace no leather said...

First time poster, long time lurker. This just makes me so sad. I met Tony on a few occasions and he was always such a nice man. He always made time to talk to fans. We had season tickets on the right field side at Qualcomm Stadium for many years so I got to see him play up close. I have a picture of my daughter as a little girl and Tony together that I just love. Security was trying to rush him thru the crowd and my daughter called his name. He stopped, came over and spent a few minutes talking with us and posed for the picture. He may have been a great player, but he was an even better human being. Tom hanks was wrong .......there is crying in baseball.

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kit said...

Jeez, such a loss to San Diego, SDSU, and Padres community. And for those who thought he brought a shine to the game. The best MLB has to offer.

I hope a nice family and community event/place is named in his honor.

RIP, Mr Padres.