Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padre Hall Of Famer, Dies

Hall of famer Tony Gwynn, who spent 20 years playing for the San Diego Padres, has died.

The team announced his death on Twitter, saying they were “terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend.”

Gwynn, known as Mr. Padre, flirted with a .400 batting average in 1994. By the end of the season, his batting average was .394. Gwynn earned eight National League batting titles and had 3,141 career hits, as well as an impressive .338 batting average overall.

Back in April, The San Diego Union Tribune reported Gwynn was taking a leave of absence from his job as coach at San Diego State to be treated for cancer.

In the past, he had surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes and tumors from his salivary glands. He had said he believed his cancer had been caused by years of chewing tobacco.

Gywnn was 54 years old.

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