Tony Gwynn Through the Years

Images of San Diego's own Tony Gwynn throughout his career.

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FEBRUARY: Tony Gwynn #19 of the San Diego Padres poses for a portrait in February, 1987. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Baseball great "Mr. Padre" Tony Gwynn has died, according to Major League Baseball and NBC Sports. Click to see photos from his impressive career.
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Gwynn spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres, from 1982-2001. Here, he poses for a portrait in February, 1987.
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Gwynn was a two-sport star at San Diego State in the late 1970s-early1980s, playing point guard for the basketball team and outfield on the baseball team, until he realized he could make it to the pros with baseball.
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"I had no idea that all the things in my career were going to happen," he said shortly before being inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Cal Ripken Jr. in 2007.
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After spending parts of just two seasons in the minor leagues, he made his big league debut on July 19, 1982. He was a third-round draft pick of the Padres in 1981. Here, he bats during an MLB game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.
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Outfielder Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres slides into 3rd bases safe against the St. Louis Cardinals circa 1991 during a MLB baseball game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.
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St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial and Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres on July 16, 1997 in St. Louis.
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Bob Brenly #15 of the San Francisco Giants takes the throw over to first base as Tony Gwynn dives back safe during an Major League Baseball game circa 1985 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.
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His terrific hand-eye coordination made him one of the game's greatest contact hitters. He had 3,141 hits, a career .338 batting average and won eight NL batting titles.
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The Gwynn family during dad's retirement ceremonies in 2001. Anthony Gwynn II, Alicia Gwynn and Tony Gwynn.
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Tony Gwynn jokes around on the first tee during the Hall of Fame Golf Tournament held at Leatherstocking Golf Course on July 28, 2007 in Cooperstown, New York.
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Baseball Hall of Famer and former San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn throws out the inaugural pitch prior to the start of the 2009 World Baseball Classic Round 2 Pool 1 Game 3 between Mexico and Cuba on March 16, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California.
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Tony Gwynn (second from right) poses for a photo with son Tony Gwynn Jr. #10 in 2011. e was in pro baseball at a time when many players chewed tobacco and little was known about the effects. Gwynn would later talk about the habit, admitting to reporters that he often tried to quit chewing since he had first started in high school.
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He had growths operated on in 1997 and again 2000 but no cancer was discovered. ost recent surgery in February 2012 that noticeably changed his appearance and speech. During the operation, surgeons removed a tumor inside his right cheek and grafted a nerve from his shoulder to replace the nerve damaged by the tumor. Here, Gwynn is introduced at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 24, 2011 in Cooperstown, New York.
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He was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. His No. 19 was retired by the Padres in 2004.
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