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Tony Gwynn, Jr.
Remembering Tony Gwynn, a great hitter and an even better person
Remembering Tony Gwynn, a great hitter and an even better person

It was 27 years ago this summer, one of my first days of work at the Los Angeles Times, and I was hopelessly lost. Walking into the San Diego Padres clubhouse to introduce myself as the new beat guy for the Times’ San Diego County edition, I was stopped by a wave of angry noise. Larry Bowa, the manager, was howling in his office. Goose Gossage, the veteran reliever, was grumbling in front of his locker. Garry Templeton, the longtime shortstop, was waving his arms in front of another locker. The air was filled with hostility. The scene was the kind of madness that can only happen on an aging and ill-equipped baseball team owned by the nutty wife of the man who built the...

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