Originally Posted by Vis
Padres great Tony Gwynn dies of cancer at 54
Gwynn played college baseball at San Diego State and went on to a 20-season Hall of Fame career with the Padres from 1982 to 2001. In the process, he racked up 3,141 hits (19th all time), 319 stolen bases and a lifetime batting average of .338. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007, his first year of eligibility.
Known as 'Mr. Padre,' he holds the franchise record for games, hits and a score of other categories. His sunny disposition and community involvement made him a fan favorite.
A five-time Gold Glove winner, Gwynn finished in the top 10 in National League MVP voting seven times. He played on both of San Diego's NL pennant winners (1984 and 1998) and was named to the Sporting News NL All-Star team in 1984, 1986,1987, 1989, 1994 and 1997.
He had been on a medical leave from his job as baseball coach at San Diego State since late March. Agent John Boggs said Gwynn died Monday in suburban Poway.
Gwynn had two operations for cancer in his right cheek between August 2010 and February 2012. The second surgery was complicated, with surgeons removing a facial nerve because it was intertwined with a tumor inside his right cheek. They grafted a nerve from Gwynn's neck to help him eventually regain facial movement.
My favorite player of all time.
Even better person.
I saw his final at bat in SD. We cheered until our throats dried up... and then, we kept cheering.
They had his memorial at Petco tonight... at 7:19