Former San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn died today after a bout with cancer.
A twenty year MLB veteran, Gwynn spent his entire career with the team. He retired in 2001 with 3,141 hits and a .338 batting average in 2,440 games.
“Major League Baseball today mourns the tragic loss of Tony Gwynn,” said Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in a released statement.
“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.”
A first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2007, Gwynn played a huge role in the Padres’ pennants in 1984 and 1998 when he hit .371 in the World Series. Gwynn was awarded the Branch Rickey Award in 1995, the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1998 and the 1999 Roberto Clemente Award.