As the tributes continue to pour in, the San Diego Padres announced that a tribute for baseball great Tony Gwynn will take place Thursday evening, June 26 at 7:19 p.m. (Gwynn's number 19 was previously retired by the Padres) at the stadium.
According to the Padres, the event will celebrate Gwynn's legendary life, accomplishments, and contributions to the Padres, to San Diego, and to the sport of baseball. It will feature special guests from throughout his lifetime. Free parking will be provided in three locations: two surface lots along Imperial Avenue (Parcel C lot and Tailgate lot) on the southeast side of Petco Park, and the Padres Parkade garage (10th Ave at J St).
Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Fans may enter through the Home Plate or Park Boulevard gates on Park Boulevard, as well as the Gaslamp gate on 7th Avenue or the East Village gate on 10th Avenue. The Padres are on an off day June 26, then open a three-game set at home with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, June 27.
Gwynn, 54, died this past Monday at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, this after battling salivary gland cancer for several years.
The eight-time N.L. batting champion (3,141 career hits, .338 career batting average) and 15-time All-Star, played all 20 of his seasons in San Diego, beginning in 1982. Gwynn went into the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2007 (his first year of eligibility) with Baltimore great Cal Ripken, another player who played his entire career with just one team.
Gwynn played both basketball and baseball at San Diego State University, selected by the Padres in the third round of the 1981 MLB Draft as the 58th overall pick. He debuted for his home team on July 19, 1982.
Gwynn played in the only pair of World Series appearances in San Diego's franchise history, where the team lost to Detroit (1984) and the New York Yankees (1998). One of the famous moments of the latter World Series was when Gwynn smashed a home run off the upper deck of the old Yankee Stadium.
Tony Gwynn Jr. is currently a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Following his father's death on Monday, Gwynn Jr. tweeted out - Today I lost my Dad, my best friend and my mentor. I'm gonna miss u so much pops. I'm gonna do everything in my power to continue to...Make u proud!