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Padres' legend Tony Gwynn dead at 54

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Although many people knew former San Diego Padres great Tony Gwynn had been in ill health in recent years, the news Monday of his passing was still a shock for fans locally and nationwide.

According to the team, Gwynn, 54, passed away following a battle with salivary gland cancer.

During his stellar career, the man known to many area baseball fans as "Mr. Padre" compiled 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the only MLB team he ever played for. Along the way, the San Diego State product garnered eight N.L. batting titles to his credit.

Gwynn amassed a career .338 batting average and was a 15-time All-Star. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2007. He helped lead the Padres to three playoff appearances (1984, 1996 and 1998), which included two World Series trips.

Gwynn, whose son, Tony Gwynn Jr. plays for the Philadelphia Phillies, was presently the head baseball coach at SDSU.



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