Farewell, Tony Gwynn

GwynnBy Jon Weisman

Tony Gwynn, the Baseball Hall of Famer who played 20 seasons for the San Diego Padres and the father and brother of former Dodgers Tony Gwynn Jr. and Chris Gwynn, has died at age 54.

The joyful Gwynn had 271 of his 3,141 career hits against the Dodgers, batting .330 with a .396 on-base percentage and 49 doubles against them in 225 games and 931 plate appearances, and .329 in 112 games at Dodger Stadium. From 1993-95, Gwynn batted .479 (56 for 117) with 18 walks against the Dodgers.

He had 78 multi-hit games against the Dodgers, and on June 26, 1997, he hit a game-winning, inside-the-park grand slam to beat Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.

As great an opponent as I have ever seen at Dodger Stadium … rest in peace, Tony Gwynn.

7 Comments

This comes as a big and sad surprise, I didn’t read anywhere that he was ill. A great player and a wonderful personality. We’ll miss him. May he rest in peace.
My condolences to his family, love ones and friends.

Yes, he had been ill with cancer for quite some time.

Always a class act. May his memory be for a blessing.

Tony Gwynn was not only an exceptional hitter and player but a prime example of the type of person a baseball player should be. He always gave to the community and he knew that it is the fans that keep baseball alive. He will be sadly missed in the baseball community and I can only share my condolences to the Gwynn family, they as a whole are the true definition of greatness.

My condolences to the Gwynn family. From the mid 1980′s to roughly the end of the century I thought he was the best hitter in the game.

So sad. He was one of my all-time favorites. (And the only non-Dodger whose poster was on my wall as a kid.)

Tony was a class act. A great ball player and, even more important, a fantastic person. You will be missed. RIP

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