The baseball world received sad news Monday morning with the passing of Tony Gwynn at the age of 54.
During his 20-year career with the San Diego Padres, Gwynn compiled impressive numbers. He led the National League in batting average eight times, finishing his career hitting .338. In a strike-shortened 1994 season, he nearly became the first player since Ted Williams in 1941 to eclipse the .400 mark when he hit .394 on the year.
Gwynn never won a Most Valuable Player award, but was named to the National League All-Star roster 15 times. He finished his career with 3,141 career hits and is one of only 28 major leaguers to ever accomplish the feat. Gwynn helped the Padres claim their only two National League pennants in 1984 and 1998.
In 2007, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. After his playing career with the Padres, Gwynn went back to his alma mater, San Diego State, and became the head coach of the baseball team.
Check out the link below to see a gallery of Gwynn’s impressive baseball accomplishments.
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