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Tony Gwynn

Baseball Hall of Famer Dies at 54

6/16/2014 8:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tony Gwynn Dead

Tony Gwynn Sr. -- one of Major League Baseball's greatest hitters -- died today after battling cancer for several years.

Gwynn played 19-years for the San Diego Padres and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. He was known for his tremendous batting skills. He had a .338 career batting average and 3,141 hits.

Gwynn was diagnosed with cancer of the salivary glands back in 2007. He attributed the cancer to his chewing tobacco habit during his baseball career.

Tony was a 15-time All-Star and 8-time batting champion. His son, Tony Gwynn Jr., currently plays for the Philadelphia Phillies

Tony is a legend in San Diego. He played college ball at San Diego State before getting drafted by the Padres. There's a statue of him outside Petco Park.

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He was 54 years old. For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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master    

Man this is sad news.. Even as a dodger fan i was a Tony Gwynn fan.. He was the ultimate professional..

38 days ago
2.

Rigby    

Sad news :( he's was still young.

38 days ago
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Satan    

Ya see what happens when you use steroids?

38 days ago
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Kanga30    

I grew up watching him play. He was a class act, a very nice guy who loved and cared about the game. He will be missed deeply.

38 days ago
5.

Chap    

A true class act and gentleman!!! Loved watching him play!!

38 days ago
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john wayne gacy    

the greatest pure hitters in baseball from long beach /

spent his life in san diego teaching others at state /

made over $50 million / doing what he loved ~

38 days ago
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Kay in San Diego    

Why does an athlete's DUI or some stupid fake wrestling crap make the TMZ front page, but his legend is relegated to only the sports page? And he got mouth cancer due to chewing tobacco, not steroids.

38 days ago
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Sarah    

Our hearts are all broken in San Diego.......

38 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

Respect.
R.I.P.

38 days ago
10.

Larry    

Class act. A good reason for kids not to chew tobacco. I saw him 10+ years ago and his head was swollen like a balloon.

38 days ago
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charlei harper    

The Baseball community mourns the loss of a true baseball star. RIP Tony, your enthusiasm was infectious, and your MLB career with one team is unheard of anymore. Rest in Peace Mr. Gwynn.

38 days ago
12.

ria    

So young. Rest in peace.

38 days ago
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sdsurfers    

What a GREAT MAN Tony was! The ultimate baseball player, family man and Hall of Famer. May Tony R.I.P!

38 days ago
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Lucky_130    

I love you Tony Gwynn, Nobody beats El Cajon Ford. RIP

38 days ago
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verlinda    

R.I.P. Tony

38 days ago
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