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Tony Gwynn, the San Diego Padre superstar who was known as Mr. Padre, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 54.

Gwynn, a Hall of Famer, retired in 2001 with eight National League batting titles and a career batting average of .338 and 3,141 career hits. The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that "he was a two-sport athlete who came to San Diego State as an 18-year-old basketball player and never left town, returning to his alma mater upon retirement from the big leagues to coach the Aztecs baseball team at Tony Gwynn Stadium."

The story goes on to say that Gwynn "endeared himself to San Diegans with his jovial nature, the inexplicable twang in his high-pitched voice and those quick bursts of child-like laughter … The east entry of Petco Park - built on the success of the 1998 team that Gwynn helped put into a second World Series - is on Tony Gwynn Drive. Out in the grassy Park at the Park is a huge statue, the only one honoring a Padres player, and it’s of Gwynn taking his classic swing."
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