Remembering Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn - 06/16/14
I'm not a huge baseball fan but I always keep up with the standings and watch the highlights on the news with interest. San Diego Padres bat master Tony Gwynn was always one of my favorites. Gwynn died today at the age of 54 of salivary gland cancer.
I am heartbroken to learn of Tony's passing. The guy was class. 20-years in the big leagues and never a hint of scandal or off the field problems. Gwynn was a student of the sport. He had a lifetime batting average of .338. He won five gold gloves and eight league batting titles. His work on the field spoke for itself.
I remembering being fascinated when I learned Gwynn was a great point guard in college and was drafted by the NBA as well as major league baseball. He grew up playing basketball and turned himself into a great baseball player.
Gwynn was a role model in every sense of the word. My son is playing baseball now. I will make sure he knows about Tony Gwynn. Condolences to Gwynn's family.