View Full Version : Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn passes away at 54

06-16-2014, 12:13 PM
SAN DIEGO -- Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of San Diego's most beloved athletes, died of cancer Monday. He was 54.

Gwynn, nicknamed "Mr. Padre," had been on a medical leave since late March from his job as baseball coach at San Diego State, his alma mater. He died at a hospital in suburban Poway, agent John Boggs said.

"For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the national pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched," Commissioner Bud Selig said.

Gwynn had two operations for cancer in his right cheek between August 2010 and February 2012. The second surgery was complicated, with surgeons removing a facial nerve because it was intertwined with a tumour inside his right cheek. They grafted a nerve from Gwynn's neck to help him eventually regain facial movement.

Gwynn had said he believed the cancer was from chewing tobacco.

San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery played a long time with Gwynn and then coached him. Flannery says he'll "remember the cackle to his laugh. He was always laughing, always talking, always happy."

"The baseball world is going to miss one of the greats, and the world itself is going to miss one of the great men of mankind," Flannery said. "He cared so much for other people. He had a work ethic unlike anybody else, and had a childlike demeanour of playing the game just because he loved it so much."

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06-16-2014, 01:55 PM

06-16-2014, 03:30 PM
RIP Tony Gwynn

Always at or near the top of the batting avg list every year, without fail.

06-16-2014, 06:22 PM
Very sad news. Always seems to be the good guys who die young.

Count Steeler
06-16-2014, 07:03 PM
Wow. Shocking. Gwynn would have been a super super star if he played in the north east.