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 #97 SERIAL #20/25 PSA 10 GEM MINT PADRES picture
TONY GWYNN 1998 DONRUSS CRUSADE RED #97 SERIAL #20/25 PSA 10 GEM MINT PADRES
$3000.0


Tony Gwynn H&B Game Used Signed Bat 1984 Padres HOF PSA DNA GU 8 All Star Game picture
Tony Gwynn H&B Game Used Signed Bat 1984 Padres HOF PSA DNA GU 8 All Star Game
$2995.0


2018 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball Super Jumbo 6 Box CASE (Sealed) picture
2018 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball Super Jumbo 6 Box CASE (Sealed)
$2833.95


Tony Gwynn Signed '91-94 Game Used Padres Baseball Bat BAS Beckett COA Autograph picture
Tony Gwynn Signed '91-94 Game Used Padres Baseball Bat BAS Beckett COA Autograph
$2799.99


Padres Tony Gwynn 1991-95 Game Used Louisville Slugger C263 Bat PSA/DNA #IB1662 picture
Padres Tony Gwynn 1991-95 Game Used Louisville Slugger C263 Bat PSA/DNA #IB1662
$2799.99


'98 TONY GWYNN SAN DIEGO GAME USED JERSEY PHOTO-MATCHED CAREER HIT 3000 HIT CLUB picture
'98 TONY GWYNN SAN DIEGO GAME USED JERSEY PHOTO-MATCHED CAREER HIT 3000 HIT CLUB
$2775.0


1998 Pinnacle Certified Mirror Gold #29 Tony Gwynn Bankruptcy Test Issue Rookie picture
1998 Pinnacle Certified Mirror Gold #29 Tony Gwynn Bankruptcy Test Issue Rookie
$2200.0


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


2001 All Star Tony Gwynn Game Worn Auto Cleats 1/1 HOFer Padres Coas picture
2001 All Star Tony Gwynn Game Worn Auto Cleats 1/1 HOFer Padres Coas
$2000.0


TONY GWYNN/MIKE SCHMIDT/CARL YASTRZEMSKI/CAL RIPKEN/KILLEBREW/AL KALINE Auto 1/1 picture
TONY GWYNN/MIKE SCHMIDT/CARL YASTRZEMSKI/CAL RIPKEN/KILLEBREW/AL KALINE Auto 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


Tony Gwynn Final Season Game-Used/Autographed MLB On Deck Circle #19 2001 picture
Tony Gwynn Final Season Game-Used/Autographed MLB On Deck Circle #19 2001
$1900.0


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