RIP: Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padre & Baseball Hall Of Famer, Dies From Cancer At Age 54

RIP: Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padre & Baseball Hall Of Famer, Dies From Cancer At Age 54

We don’t usually write a whole lot about sports news on The Frisky, but an exception must be made for legendary baseball player Tony Gwynn, who passed away today after a four-year battle with cancer. He was 54. As a diehard San Diego Padres fan throughout my childhood and early teenage years, the right fielder’s life-size poster decorated my bedroom wall. Gwynn was one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history, and was the National League batting champion eight times. He played in 15 All-Star Games and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2010, he announced he had salivary cancer, which he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. Known to fans as Mr. Padre, Gwynn turned down opportunities for more money in favor of playing and staying in San Diego for his entire 20-year career. He was awesome and will be missed. [ABC News]

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