The Loss of a Legend Tony Gwynn

Posted on June 30th, 2014 by Matt

Tony Gwynn, one of the best hitter of all-time, recently passed away at the age of 54. Gwynn played 20 incredible seasons for the San Diego Padres, and became the face of that franchise – and in many ways, the city as a whole. In addition to starring for the Padres, Gwynn also played basketball for San Diego State University and still holds many school records in that sport, as well. Gwynn was as much respected for his personality and attitude as his baseball ability, and his passing has been hard on the baseball community as a whole.

A Legitimately Great Hitter

Sometimes, baseball fans are too quick to pass around the word ‘great’ when referring to a specific player. In Gwynn’s case, however, it gwynncertainly applies. His hitting ability was part natural born talent, part hard work and dedication. He started hitting as soon as he reached the big leagues, and didn’t stop for two decades. He also was a quality defensive outfield and amassed plenty of stolen bases – but his bat is what will always be remembered, and what took him all the way to the Hall of Fame.

When you look over the statistics that represent Tony Gwynn’s Major League career, it is hard to decide which numbers stand out most. Of course, a .338 career batting average is hard to ignore. He had a .847 career OPS, which is incredible for someone that was known more for contact hitting than power ability. Also, he hit 135 homeruns and stole 319 bases for the Padres. By any measure, Tony Gwynn is among the best to ever pick up a bat.

Strikeout Totals Not to Be Believed

If there is one line on Tony Gwynn’s stat sheet that stands apart from the rest, it has to be his strikeout numbers. To a baseball fan who is familiar with ‘average’ numbers for hitters in terms of walks and strikeouts, they simply don’t seem like they could be correct. Over a 20 year Major League career, Tony Gwynn struck out a total of 434 times. That averages out to just 29 K’s per 162 games! In today’s game, it isn’t uncommon to see a player strike out 29 times in a single month. In 1995, while winning the batting title with a .368 average, Gwynn struck out a grand total of 15 times. He faced Greg Maddox more than 100 times in his career, and never struck out. The list could go on and on.

A Must for Collectors

If you are a baseball memorabilia collector and don’t have Tony Gwynn represented in your collection, now is the time to change that. This isn’t a financially-motivated move – but rather, one that will help your collection better represent modern baseball history. Gwynn is a legendary player, and a collection without him in it just wouldn’t be complete. Take the time to hunt down some great pieces of memorabilia related to ‘Mr. Padre’, and your overall collection will be better for it.


Tony Gwynn 1994 Donruss Diamond Kings #11 picture

Tony Gwynn 1994 Donruss Diamond Kings #11

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MLB TONY GWYNN San Diego Padres 1992 Score All-Star Baseball Card #779 picture

MLB TONY GWYNN San Diego Padres 1992 Score All-Star Baseball Card #779

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2024 Topps Series 1 TONY GWYNN  Padres #61 Chrome 1989 Silver Mojo ~QTY~ picture

2024 Topps Series 1 TONY GWYNN Padres #61 Chrome 1989 Silver Mojo ~QTY~

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2024 Topps Tribute Baseball Tony Gwynn Base Card #58 San Diego Padres HOF picture

2024 Topps Tribute Baseball Tony Gwynn Base Card #58 San Diego Padres HOF

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1995 Topps Embossed Tony Gwynn # 6 San Diego Padres picture

1995 Topps Embossed Tony Gwynn # 6 San Diego Padres

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1999 Crown Royale - Pillars of the Game - Tony Gwynn - #20 - Padres - NrMt picture

1999 Crown Royale - Pillars of the Game - Tony Gwynn - #20 - Padres - NrMt

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2002 Topps Tony Gwynn #99 Padres Nm/mt picture

2002 Topps Tony Gwynn #99 Padres Nm/mt

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1998 SI Sports Illustrated for Kids Tony Gwynn Baseball #695 picture

1998 SI Sports Illustrated for Kids Tony Gwynn Baseball #695

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Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres 1998 World Series Home White Jersey Men's Size Large picture

Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres 1998 World Series Home White Jersey Men's Size Large

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1983 Topps Tony Gwynn #482 Rookie San Diego Padres HOF -  picture

1983 Topps Tony Gwynn #482 Rookie San Diego Padres HOF -

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