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Gwynn, Tony

Gwynn, Tony (Anthony Keith Gwynn), 1960–2014, American baseball player and coach, b. Los Angeles. He played baseball and basketball at San Diego State Univ., and had a record 590 career assists as a point guard there. In 1981 Gwynn was drafted by both professional baseball's San Diego Padres and basketball's San Diego Clippers. In his long career (1982–2001) as a right fielder for the Padres, the left-hander won a record eight National League batting championships (tied with Honus Wagner ), had 3,141 career hits and a .338 career batting average, and played in 15 All-Star games. Mr. Padre was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Gwynn was the baseball coach at San Diego State from 2001 until his death.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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