Gwynn, Tony

Anthony Keith Gwynn
Born: May 9, 1960, Los Angeles, California
Played For: 
San Diego Padres (1982-2001)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 2007

A star baseball and basketball player in college, Tony Gwynn opted for the diamond and fashioned a stellar 20-year career with the San Diego Padres. Gwynn's mastery of slapping the ball between the third baseman and shortstop, what the lefty called the "5.5 hole," propelled him to 3,141 career hits, a lifetime .338 batting average and eight batting crowns, an NL record he shares with Honus Wagner. A true student of hitting, Gwynn was an early advocate of using videotape to study his swing, while his five outfield Gold Glove Awards, 319 career stolen bases and 15 All-Star Game selections attest to his superior all-around play.

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Induction Speech

He was one of the best players I ever saw, and he was probably the smartest and most dedicated.
Bruce Bochy