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 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.
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.
He was 54 years old.