Amazing outpouring of emotion for Padre #19 Tony Gwynn
July 02, 2014San Diego Padre baseball fans paid tribute and respect to possibly the greatest man to ever play Padre Baseball, Tony Gwynn.
Gwynn was a man who accomplished as much on the field as off the field. His magnetic personality, sense of humor, exuberant laughter, and always friendly and congenial disposition were no doubt his greatest attributes.
Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson remembers his friend Tony Gwynn.
As a baseball player he had a .338 career batting average and held eight batting titles. He was Padre Baseball all the way, never wavering in his dedication to his team and hometown. He was a man who loved baseball and exemplified the best qualities that make a great player and a person of true character.
Number 19 will live in the hearts and minds of San Diego Padre fans forever.
In 1999, Gwynn received the Roberto Clemente Award for his commitment to the children of San Diego. He was remembered by many who knew him as always taking the time to speak with children. In 1995, he received the Branch Rickey Award for being the top community activist in Major League Baseball. In 1999, he was inducted to the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. Along with his wife, Dr. Alicia Gwynn, they established the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, a program that served the San Diego Community by helping reinforce those children who lacked the resources in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Over 20,000 fans gathered at Petco stadium to pay tribute to Tony Gwynn, who recently lost his battle with cancer.
Gwynn retired from baseball in 2001, having led the Padres to two National League Pennants. He was inducted to the Padres Hall of Fame at the onset of his retirement in 2001 and in July of 2007 was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame. During his career, Gwynn was selected for 16 all-star teams. After his retirement, he became the head coach at San Diego State University, his Alma Mater.
He was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. Gwynn, who passed away on June 16, is survived by his wife Alicia; his son Anthony Jr and his wife Alyse; his daughter Anisha Gwynn Jones and her husband, Kennard; his granddaughters, Makayla, Jordan and Leighton; his grandson Kaden; his mother Vendella; his brothers Charles and Chris, and many nieces and nephews.
Gwynn was a man who could have written his ticket in Major League Baseball with any team he wanted, but steadfastly remained a faithful Padre. To write of all his accomplishments as a Padre and as a man would probably take more than a few pages. He was a man of enormous fame, but a man who always kept his common touch. He was an example for all.