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Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Dies, Aged 54

Updated: Monday, June 16 2014, 12:28 PM EDT

Tony Gwynn, Hall of Famer and Padres icon, passed away on Monday at the age of 54.

His death was announced by MLB on Twitter.

"A star baseball and basketball player in college, Tony Gwynn opted for the diamond and fashioned a stellar 20-year career with the San Diego Padres," Gwynn's bio in the Baseball Hall of Fame states. "Gwynn's mastery of slapping the ball between the third baseman and shortstop, what the lefty called the "5.5 hole," propelled him to 3,141 career hits, a lifetime .338 batting average and eight batting crowns, an NL record he shares with Honus Wagner. A true student of hitting, Gwynn was an early advocate of using videotape to study his swing, while his five outfield Gold Glove Awards, 319 career stolen bases and 15 All-Star Game selections attest to his superior all-around play."

Cal Ripken Jr. released a statement on the passing of Gwynn. Ripken and Gwynn were inducted into the Hall of Fame the same year.

"This is an extraordinarily sad day," Ripken said. "Tony was a Hall of Fame ballplayer but more importantly he was a wonderful man. Tony always had a big smile on his face and was one of the warmest and most genuine people I have ever had the honor of knowing. Like all baseball fans I will miss him very much and my thoughts are with his family today."

CLICK HERE to watch Gwynn's Hall of Fame acceptance speech.

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Dies, Aged 54


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