(RNN) – Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died Monday after a bout with cancer. He was 54.
Gwynn was born May 9, 1960, and won eight batting titles with the San Diego Padres, which is tied for the second most in Major League Baseball history and the most in National League history. He was diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland in 2010 and underwent two surgeries, including one to remove a malignant tumor inside his mouth.
The official Twitter account for the Padres tweeted, “We are terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend, Tony Gwynn. Rest in peace, Mr. Padre.”
One of the game’s all-time great hitters, Gwynn was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the third round of the 1981 MLB amateur draft out of San Diego State University and played all 20 years of his career with the Padres, finishing with 3,141 hits and a lifetime average of .338. His lifetime average is the highest since Ted Williams retired in 1960 with a .344 average.
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