Skip to comments.Padres legend Tony Gwynn dies at 54
Posted on 06/16/2014 8:36:57 AM PDT by ColdOne
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The San Diego Padres confirm this morning that baseball legend Tony Gwynn has died.
The 54-year-old has been battling oral cancer for four years and has been plagued with additional health issues over the past several months.
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Wow! Truly sad that one of the good guys of Baseball is gone.
Hope he knew Jesus!
Dang. One of the best pure hitters out there.
Would have been world famous if he played for the Yankees or Red Sox.
a good guy and big asset to SD community.
:( :( :(
Yes If I remember correctly.a few years ago they took out part of his tongue and cheek. He didn’t broadcast for the Padres for a while ,then came back. you could tell his face was different. haven’t been watching BB the last 2 years so don’t know if he was still broadcasting for the Padres or ESPN.
My son attended a batting clinic with him a couple of years ago. My favorite line, regarding his loyalty/dedication to the Padres:
“Yeah. I wore a BROWN uniform for fourteen years.”
But I think much of the wisdom went over the kids’ heads.
Probably with his recent medical history and surgery.
A lot of these players started chewing tobacco when they were teenagers, more so in college or when they were drafted.
A couple of years ago we met a nice young man in his mid to late 30’s, and he was dying from oral, tongue and throat cancer. He had started chewing tobacco in highschool, and throughout his college days and a few years as a pro. He died a couple of months after we met him.
The first time I ever saw someone chewing tobacco in person (rather than on film/TV) was during BCT in '69.Many of the guys in my Company were southerners...Tennessee/Mississippi/Texas.
It was one of many new scenes I experienced during those 8 wonderful weeks.