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Tony Gwynn, Jr.
Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, Padres' wizard with a bat, dies at 54
Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, Padres' wizard with a bat, dies at 54

Tony Gwynn, appreciated throughout baseball for his wizardry with a bat and beloved in San Diego for his loyalty to his adopted city, died Monday. He was 54. Gwynn died in a Poway hospital after a four-year battle with cancer, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced. Gwynn's infectious smile and cackling laugh put a cheerful face on the perpetually struggling San Diego Padres. He was a star in 1984 and in 1998, the only World Series appearances in the Padres' 46-year history, and he was tagged as "Mr. Padre" long ago. "The only thing more dependable in San Diego than sunshine was Tony Gwynn," Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler said. Gwynn was...

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