SAN DIEGO — Hall of Fame baseball player and San Diego Padres icon Tony Gwynn has died at age 54, Major League Baseball and the Padres announced Monday. He had been battling salivary gland cancer.
— MLB (@MLB) June 16, 2014
We are terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend, Tony Gwynn. Rest in peace, Mr. Padre.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 16, 2014
The former outfielder died Monday at age 54 at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Calif., according to a release from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Gwynn batted .338 in 20 seasons — all with the Padres. He retired in 2001 and has since been the baseball coach at San Diego State University.
The Rockies offered their condolences on Gwynn’s passing.
Tony Gwynn was a baseball legend, a Hall of Fame player and person. Our thoughts are with Tony's family and friends. pic.twitter.com/2sxXLd5ug0
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) June 16, 2014
And Gwynn’s son, Tony Gwynn Jr., posted to Twitter as well.
Love u pops!
— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) June 16, 2014
He won a record eight National League batting titles and finished with 3,141 hits. He went into the Hall of Fame in 2007. He helped lead the Padres to the World Series in 1984, where they lost to the Detroit Tigers, and 1998, where they lost to the New York Yankees.
Gwynn had long said the cancer was a result of a longtime habit of chewing tobacco. claimed that the cancer in the salivary gland was the result of his longtime habit of chewing tobacco. The cancer returned twice, and in late 2012 he had radiation treatment again.