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Tony Gwynn, Baseball Hall of Famer, Dies at 54

Tony Gwynn (AP Photo)
Tony Gwynn (AP Photo)

Tony Gwynn, the Hall-of-Famer who spent 20 years with the San Diego Padres, has died, according to ESPN. He was 54.

Gwynn suffered from salivary gland cancer. He was the head baseball coach at San Diego State University, his alma mater, and recently took a leave of absence from the team due to his health.

Gwynn had a career .338 batting average, accumulated 3,141 hits and won eight National League batting titles (second-most in Major League Baseball). Gwynn played in the franchise’s only two World Series. Gwynn, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, is considered one of the greatest hitters of all-time. He also had seven Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards.

His son Tony Jr. is an outfielder with the Philadelphia Phillies and has played in the majors since 2006.

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