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Baseball Hall of Fame great Tony Gwynn dies of cancer at 54

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(CNN) — The San Diego Padres have confirmed on Twitter that Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died.

“We are terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend, Tony Gwynn. Rest in peace, Mr. Padre,” read the tweet.

The former outfielder died Monday at age 54 at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, California, according to a release from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Gwynn had cancer, the release said.

Gwynn was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, amassing a total of 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001, according to the Hall of Fame. He won eight National League batting championships.

He was a key member, the release said, of the 1984 and 1998 San Diego Padres National League Championship teams.

2 comments

  • Steven Sweeney

    Mr.Padre was a class act and will be missed.probably the greatest player out of a not so great franchise, tony racked up over 3000 hits.54 is way too young.RIP Tony.

  • Logan

    Tony Gwynn is one of the few people during his era who has played their entire career with one baseball team. He was an incredible hitter, a classy gentleman and a great representative of the game. You never saw him argue with the umpires. I remember him saying that he wanted to hit his 3,000th hit in St Louis because he knew that the fans would appreciate his accomplishment.

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