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Padres great Gwynn dies at 54
By The Sports Xchange
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Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn died Monday morning after battling cancer. He was 54.
Gwynn was surrounded by his family at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Calif., when he died.
Gwynn spent his entire Hall of Fame career with the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001. He had 3,141 hits and a career .338 batting average (18th best all-time) in 2,440 games. He batted above .300 in 19 of his 20 major league seasons, including .394 in 1994.
Gwynn was a 15-time All-Star, won eight batting titles, five Gold Glove Awards and was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Gwynn also played a significant role in the Padres winning National League pennants in 1984 and 1998, hitting a combined .371 in the two World Series.
"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, in a statement. "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 (his wife) Alicia and the entire Gwynn family."
Gwynn was a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He was named on 532 of 545 ballots (97.6 percent), along with Cal Ripken Jr. as the 2007 class of inductees. Gwynn also was given the 1995 Branch Rickey Award, the 1998 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award and the 1999 Roberto Clemente Award.
"Tony will be remembered in baseball circles for his hitting acumen, as evidenced by a lofty .338 lifetime batting average and an astonishing eight National League batting titles," said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in a statement. "But it was his infectious laugh, ever-present smile and humble disposition that made Mr. Padre a favorite in San Diego and an endearing figure to a nation of baseball fans who marveled at his career accolades and celebrated his 2007 induction into the Hall of Fame in record numbers."
Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement, saying that Gwynn was "the greatest Padre ever" and his "all-around excellence on the field was surpassed by his exuberant personality and genial disposition in life."
"Tony loved our game, the city of San Diego and his alma mater where he starred and coached, San Diego State University, and he was a part of a wonderful baseball family," Selig said. "His commitment to the children of San Diego made him a deserving recipient of our game's highest off-field honor, the Roberto Clemente Award, in 1999.
"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. 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."
 

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That was sad. I grew up watching Tony Gwynn. Always smiling and always ripping singles to left.

RIP Mr. Gwynn.
 

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He was named on 532 out of 545 Hall of Fame ballots. Somebody should find out who those dolts were that left him off their ballots and they should never be allowed to vote again!
 

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Somebody should find out who those dolts were that left him off their ballots and they should never be allowed to vote again!
You beat me to it. The man was one of the most incredible hitters you'd ever see.... period. Pete Rose with a much more pleasant demeanor. RIP.
 

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Spurring a HoF voters debate is not my intention with this post but some of those guys blow my mind when they leave someone off their ballot.

Gwynn and Maddox come to mind as should be unanimous but they weren't. Mind boggling.
 

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Spurring a HoF voters debate is not my intention with this post but some of those guys blow my mind when they leave someone off their ballot.

Gwynn and Maddox come to mind as should be unanimous but they weren't. Mind boggling.
Lou Gerhig MIGHT have been unanimous, but it was a special election just for him. BABE RUTH wasn't. Cobb, Mantle, Ted Williams, Mays. Not even Cy Young himself was good enough for some people. Seriously, who doesn't vote in Ruth or Cy Young? Young didn't even make it in on his first ballot. Young, despite holding two unbreakable records, 511 wins and 762 COMPLETE GAMES, is actually 6th from last in HOF voting.
 

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Imagine a sports writer with his ballot in front of him and he thinks, nah, Ruth isn't good enough to be in the Hall. What an idiot.
 

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Cy Young had 48 of 201 decide he wasn't quite up to "the standard",in the year he made it. He didn't even make it the first year. No joke. The all time winningest pitcher, for whom the award given to the best pitchers in the game is named, a World Series champion, three no hitters including a perfect game, 749 complete games. Modern guys won't even start that many games in their career, and a complete game is nearly as common as stories beginning with "Me and the guys were shooting tequilla" ending well. He didn't cut it.

I wanna know who had the stones to vote against Bob Gibson. The world will never know, if these idiots know what's good for them.
 

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Gwynn was the best hitter of my lifetime.

The only pitcher to strike out Gwynn three times in one game was former Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Bob Welch, who died last week.
 

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The only pitcher to strike out Gwynn three times in one game was former Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Bob Welch, who died last week.
Only explanation to that.... the gnats were circling heavy around home plate, and got in BOTH of his eyes. He wouldn't have K'ed 3 times with one good eye.
 

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The man only struck out 40 times in one season...ONCE.

His hit under .309...ONCE, in his rookie season.

The world will never know if he would have hit over .400 in 1994, but with a .394 BA, who really thinks he couldn't have?

Loved watching him play. I grew up watching him play. He had an amazing style about him, and the world is short one class act this week...
 

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Hank Aaron stats...305 lifetime batting average, 755 home runs, 2297 rbi's, and 3771 hits and some members of the Baseball Writers Assoc. Left him off their ballots. Absolutely laughable.
 

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Imagine a sports writer with his ballot in front of him and he thinks, nah, Ruth isn't good enough to be in the Hall. What an idiot.
Probably more like, "that guy wouldn't give me an interview"
 

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dc 21 said:
Imagine a sports writer with his ballot in front of him and he thinks, nah, Ruth isn't good enough to be in the Hall. What an idiot.
Probably more like, "that guy wouldn't give me an interview"

 

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I thought The Babe talked to everybody. He loved the spotlight.
 

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My guess would be jealous husbands from Boston. The Babe was always a hit with the ladies, and there's the Curse of the Bambino.
 
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