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Farewell, Mr. Padre

Tony Gwynn, the greatest San Diego Padre of all time, a 15-time all star and a Hall of Famer, died Monday after a prolonged battle with salivary gland cancer. He was 54. 

The lefty right fielder won the batting title eight times, retiring with a .338 career batting average and 3,141 hits. 

In 2007, Gwynn was inducted into the Hall of Fame, with 532 of 545 voters selecting him on his first try. The 97.61 percent represents the seventh highest percentage of all time. He went into Cooperstown along with Cal Ripken, Jr. 

Gwynn, whose son Tony Jr. is a MLB outfielder, passed away after Father’s Day. Gwynn coached San Diego State’s baseball team from September 2001 until his death.