Baseball legend Tony Gwynn dead at 54
June 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Former San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn waives during a pre game ceremony to honor the members of the 1998 National League Championship team before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Image by USA TODAY Sports
One of the great hitters in recent baseball history has passed away from cancer.
The San Diego Padres announced that Tony Gwynn, a baseball Hall of Famer, died Monday at a California hospital. He was 54 years old.
We are terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend, Tony Gwynn. Rest in peace, Mr. Padre.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 16, 2014
rip tony gwynn I'm at the hall of of fame right now I can't believe it wtf pic.twitter.com/ZOIoAJZAnz— jklesch (@JKlesch) June 16, 2014
Praise came from across the sports world.
Tony Gwynn not only was one of the all-time great players, but also one of the all-time great people. RIP— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 16, 2014
RIP, Tony Gwynn. incredible hitter, one of the best ever. #padres— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 16, 2014
In my years covering MLB, easily the most approachable, greatest person I met was Tony Gwynn. May he rest in peace. Heartbroken.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) June 16, 2014
Gwynn suffered from mouth cancer, which he blamed on smokeless tobacco. He and his son Tony, Jr., who plays with the Philadelphia Phillies, were featured on CSNPhilly.com about their relationship and the struggle Gwynn has had with cancer.
Today I lost my Dad, my best friend and my mentor. I'm gonna miss u so much pops. I'm gonna do everything in my power to continue to...— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) June 16, 2014
Gwynn averaged .338 for his career with 3,191 career hits.
He learned from the great Ted Williams. Listen to this conversation between the two legends.