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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Bro. Curtis, Jun 16, 2014.
From the article:
A Baseball Hall of Famer, Gwynn spent all 20 of his major league seasons with the San Diego Padres, earning 15 All-Star nods, five Gold Gloves and seven Silver Slugger Awards. He retired in 2001 after racking up 3,141 hits and recording a .338 career batting average, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2007, garnering 97.6 percent of the vote.
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I was looking at his Baseball Reference page today and by trawling through the data I collated this, which really jumped out at me:
Tony Gwynn played to age 41. From age 30 to 41 he batted .343 with .388 OBA and struck out an average of only 24 times per 162 games. Most ballplayers peak around age 27-29 but Gwynn kept getting better with age. And only 24 strikeouts in 668 plate appearances is filthy.
I'll remember his smile, his love for the game, and his grace and class in being interviewed.
Always liked Tony, he will be missed. Anyone know if he was a believer?
Gwynn was one of a kind. A great player, a great ambassador for the game. Do you know he, Robin Yount, and George Brett were the last players to play an entire career of greater than 17 years with one team, until Derek Jeter does the same thing at the end of this season? That's impressive in this day and age.
Knew about Gwynn, Brett, and Jeter. Yount never came to mind when talking about this, but will from now on.
Watching the reactions from around the web, it's obvious there wasn't anyone who didn't like Tony Gwynn.
I know he was married to the same woman for his entire adult life, and died with her by his side. Here's their charity.
Actually, Mrs. Gwynn is a story unto herself….This is what Tony Gwynn Jr. had to say about his mom…..
""I've told her, but not as much as I should," he said. "Women in this lifestyle don't get enough credit. For home games, he'd leave the house at 12:30 and wouldn't be home until late at night. They didn't spend a lot of time together, but she completely understood. My dad would tell you straight up: Without Mom holding him up, he wouldn't have been as successful. She would throw batting practice to him with a Wiffle ball. She was his work partner. Dad would always say Mom was the better athlete.
"Her faith needs to be brought up; her faith in Jesus Christ helped my dad get through a lot. He's won eight batting titles, but he's had trying times [including two bouts with cancer]. I remember hearing a story -- one year at the break he was batting under .300 and Mom told him he'd win the batting title. He did. Her faith kept the family intact and going in the right direction."
Alicia Gwynn, whose parents were church elders, said she never pushed her son into being an athlete, only to be the best he could be at whatever he chose to do…..
Thanks for posting this.