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 1998 DONRUSS CRUSADE RED PARALLEL #97 SERIAL #20/25 PSA 10 VERY RARE picture
TONY GWYNN 1998 DONRUSS CRUSADE RED PARALLEL #97 SERIAL #20/25 PSA 10 VERY RARE
$2125.0


2016 Topps NOW #248 Rod Carew Tony Gwynn Hall of Fame BGS 10 Black Label 1/1 picture
2016 Topps NOW #248 Rod Carew Tony Gwynn Hall of Fame BGS 10 Black Label 1/1
$2100.0


tony gwynn autograped framed jersey c.o.a. steiner picture
tony gwynn autograped framed jersey c.o.a. steiner
$2000.0


1996 TONY GWYNN SELECT CERTIFIED MIRROR GOLD PSA MINT 9  POP 1/9  30 MADE picture
1996 TONY GWYNN SELECT CERTIFIED MIRROR GOLD PSA MINT 9 POP 1/9 30 MADE
$1999.99


Tony Gwynn Padres HOF 1998 Pinnacle Certified Gold Team #17 *Wow* 1/1 picture
Tony Gwynn Padres HOF 1998 Pinnacle Certified Gold Team #17 *Wow* 1/1
$1999.99


1998 San Diego Padres World Series Black Bat Tony Gwynn picture
1998 San Diego Padres World Series Black Bat Tony Gwynn
$1995.0


POP 20 1982 TCMA #10 Tony Gwynn PSA 10 — Far More RARE Than 1983 Topps PSA 10 picture
POP 20 1982 TCMA #10 Tony Gwynn PSA 10 — Far More RARE Than 1983 Topps PSA 10
$1899.0


2001 World Series Game Used Pitching Rubber Autographed by Tony Gwynn MLB Auth picture
2001 World Series Game Used Pitching Rubber Autographed by Tony Gwynn MLB Auth
$1843.65


PSA 10 TONY GWYNN 1982 TCMA HAWAII ISLANDERS RARE ROOKIE RC HOF picture
PSA 10 TONY GWYNN 1982 TCMA HAWAII ISLANDERS RARE ROOKIE RC HOF
$1699.99


Ted Williams Tony Gwynn Stan Musial signed auto framed 8x10 photos UDA #13/210 picture
Ted Williams Tony Gwynn Stan Musial signed auto framed 8x10 photos UDA #13/210
$1555.55


Tony Gwynn Signed Game Used Bat San Diego Padres LOA from Manager picture
Tony Gwynn Signed Game Used Bat San Diego Padres LOA from Manager
$1550.0


Tony Gwynn Memorabilia: Autographed & Signed - Sports Memorabilia picture
Tony Gwynn Memorabilia: Autographed & Signed - Sports Memorabilia
$1500.0


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