Tony Gwynn: 5/6/1960 - 6/16/2014
One of baseball's greatest hitters of all-time, Tony Gwynn, Sr., died at 54 on June 16, 2014 after battling with cancer for four years.
Gwynn finished his career with 3,141 hits (18th all-time), 1,138 RBI's and 135 home runs.
Hitting for average
Gwynn played for the San Diego Padres his entire tenure in Major League Baseball, posting a .338 career batting average and only striking out 434 times over 10,232 plate appearances.
Grand Theft Diamond
Gwynn was an adept base stealer before knee injuries began to weigh heavily, ending his career with 319 stolen bases. In 1987, Gwynn stole 56 bases.
During his 20-year career with the Padres, Gwynn garnered the batting title eight times, won seven Silver Slugger Awards and collected five Gold Glove awards.
The Padres made the playoffs three times during his career, two of which led to World Series appearances in 1984 and 1998. In 1984, Gwynn had a career-high 213 hits and during the 1998 World Series, he hit an average of .500.
After a stellar career that ended with 15 All-Star game appearances, Gwynn retired after the 2001 season.
San Diego legend
Before entering the league, Gwynn attended San Diego State, where he played baseball and basketball. After his tenure with the Padres, he returned to San Diego State to serve as a manager of the baseball team in 2003, in which many of his players went professional under his direction. A year later the Padres retired his no. 19 jersey.
Hall of Famer
The left-swinging batter was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibilty in 2007.
Like father, like son
Gwynn's son, Tony Gwynn, Jr. entered the league in 2006. Tony Sr. died the day after Father's Day eight seasons later.