Tony Gwynn Sr., Dies of Cancer

Tony Gwynn Sr., who played for 19-years for the San Diego Padres has died after a battle salivary gland cancer.  Gwynn, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, when a malignant tumor was removed from his right cheek.

Tony Gwynn Dies Gwynn claimed the cancer in his salivary gland was the result of his longtime chewing tobacco habit.

The cancer returned twice and he again underwent radiation treatment in an attempt to shrink the tumor in 2012.

Gwynn, a 15-time all star  was inducted into the MLB Hall of fame in 2007, was said to be one of baseball’s greatest hitters of all times with a .338 batting average and 3141 hits.

Anthony Keith “Tony” Gwynn, Sr., nicknamed Mr. Padre and Captain Video, is a retired American professional baseball player who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres.

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Tony Gwynn Trivia:

  • Tony Gwynn attended  Long Beach Polytechnic High School and San Diego State University
  • Tony Gwynn was married to Alicia Gwynn
  • Tony Gwynn was an outfielder for San Diego Padres (1982-2001).
  • Tony Gwynn was a member of 1984 and 1998 National League Champion San Diego Padres teams. Member of 1996 National League Western Division Champion San Diego Padres team.
  • Tony Gwynn won 5 National League Gold Glove Awards as Outfielder (1986-1987 and 1989-1991).
  • Tony Gwynn finished 3rd in voting for 1984 National League MVP for leading League in Batting Average (.351) and Hits (213) and .410 On-base percentage, 606 At Bats, 269 Total Bases, 10 Triples and 274 Times on Base in 158 Games.
  • Tony Gwynn finished 9th in voting for 1986 National League MVP for leading League in At Bats (642), Runs (107) and Hits (211) and having .329 Batting Average, .381 On-base percentage, 300 Total Bases, 33 Doubles, 7 Triples, 37 Stolen Bases and 266 Times on Base in 160 Games.
  • Tony Gwynn was named to 15 National League All Star Teams (1984-1987 and 1989-1999).

  • Tony Gywnn finished 7th in voting for 1994 National League MVP for leading League in Batting Average (.394), On-base percentage (.454) and Hits (165) and having .568 Slugging Percentage, 79 Runs, 238 Total Bases, 35 Doubles and 215 Times on Base.
  • Tony Gwynn finished 8th in voting for 1987 National League MVP for leading League in Batting Average (.370), Hits (218) and Times on Base (303) and having .447 On-base percentage, 119 Runs, 301 Total Bases, 36 Doubles, 13 Triples, 82 Walks and 56 Stolen Bases in 157 Games.
  • Tony Gwynn finished 8th in voting for 1989 National League MVP for leading League in Batting Average (.336) and Hits (203) and having .389 On-base percentage, 604 At Bats, 256 Total Bases, 7 Triples, 40 Stolen Bases, 260 Times on Base and 11 Sacrifice Hits.
  • Tony Gwynnled National League in Batting Average 8 times (.351 in 1984, .370 in 1987, .313 in 1988, .336 in 1989, .394 in 1994, .368 in 1995, .353 in 1996 and .372 in 1997).
  • Tony Gwynn ranked 21st on MLB All-Time Batting Average List (.338).
  • Tony Gwynn ranked 57th on MLB All-Time Games List (2,440).
  • Tony Gwynn finished 6th in voting for 1997 National League MVP for leading League in Batting Average (.372), Hits (220) and Sacrifice Flies (12) and having .409 On-base percentage, .547 Slugging Percentage, 97 Runs, 324 Total Bases, 49 Doubles, 119 RBI, 68 Extra-Base Hits and 266 Times on Base.

 

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  • Tony Gwynn finished 9th in voting for 1995 National League MVP for leading League in Batting Average (.368) and Hits (197) and having .404 On-base percentage, 33 Doubles and 233 Times on Base.
  • Tony Gwynn ranked 44th on MLB All-Time At Bats List (9,288).
  • Tony Gwynn ranked 78th on MLB All-Time Runs List (1,383).
  • Tony Gwynn ranked 18th on MLB All-Time Hits List (3,141).
  • Tony Gwynn ranked 48th on MLB All-Time Total Bases List (4,259).
  • Tony Gwynn ranked 21st on MLB All-Time Doubles List (543).
  • Tony Gwynn ranked 38th on MLB All-Time Times on Base List (3,955).
  • Tony Gwynn ranked 59th on MLB All-Time Sacrifice Flies List (85).
  • Tony Gwynn ranked 9th on MLB All-Time Intentional Walks List (203).
  • Tony Gwynn  ranked 20th on MLB All-Time Grounded into Double Plays List (260).
  • Tony Gwynn coined the term “5.5 hole” referring to the area between the shortstop and third baseman, positions that are designated six and five respectively, for scoring purposes. The left-handed hitting Gwynn was well known for frequently hitting the ball to the opposite field in this area.
  • Tony Gwynn coached son Tony Jr. on the San Diego State University baseball team. The younger Gwynn was picked in the 2nd round of the 2003 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. On 24 May 2008, Tony Jr. was optioned by the Brewers to Triple-A Nashville after batting .200 with 1 RBI in 20 games.
  • Tony Gwynn made major league debut on 19 July 1982.
  • Tony Gwynn was the father of Tony Gwynn and Anisha Nicole
  • Tony Gwynn was the head baseball coach at San Diego State University. [Oct 2004]
  • Tony Gwynn was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame [Jan 2007]

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