Padres legend Tony Gwynn was the source of stunning stats and memorable highlights on his way to becoming one of the greatest — and most beloved — hitters baseball has ever seen. Let's take a look back at some of those moments. Here, a fan holds up a sign honoring Gwynn during his final major-league game in 2001, vs. the Colorado Rockies at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
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Where it all began
Gwynn played both baseball and basketball for San Diego State in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He excelled at both. As The Associated Press notes, Gwynn still holds the school's game, season and career record for assists on the hoops team. After he retired in 2001, Gwynn eventually returned to his alma mater, as coach of the school's baseball team.
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Gwynn was drafted in 1981 by the San Diego Padres in the third round, and he played his entire 20-year career with them.
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One of many All-Star appearances
Gwynn (right) — seen here with then-Dodgers player Willie Randolph during the 1989 All-Star Game in Anaheim, Calif. — was a 15-time All-Star.
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Few peers at the plate
Gwynn was one of the most dangerous MLB hitters of all time, enjoying a .338 everage over his career. He notched 3,141 hits.
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One of Gwynn's many memorable moments came in 1994, when he scored the winning run in the 1994 All-Star Game. It came in the bottom of the 10th inning, as the National League defeated the American League at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.
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Tip your cap to him
Gwynn was an eight-time National League batting champion. Here, he waves to the crowd in San Diego after completing the 1995 season as the NL batting champion.
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In 1999, Gwynn became the 22nd player in MLB history to notch 3,000 career hits. It came on Aug. 6 vs. Montreal Expos pitcher Dan Smith. Here, Gwynn (left) is congratulated by his mother, Vendella, on her 64th birthday. By the way, Gwynn had four hits in that game alone.
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End of a stellar career
Gwynn retired from MLB at the end of the 2001 season. Here, he acknowledges the crowd after pinch hitting during the seventh inning against the Giants on Sept. 28, 2001, in San Francisco. Even Giants fans applauded him heartily.
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Per AP: 'In 2007, the Padres unveiled a bronze statue of Gwynn on a grassy hill just beyond the outfield wall at Petco Park' in San Diego.
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Road to immortality
Tony Gwynn Drive, near Petco Park, is another tribute to the Padres legend.
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The Hall calls
Gwynn was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Here, a promotion at Petco Park that year counts down the time until Gwynn's enshrinement.
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Like father, like son
Gwynn (left) and his son Tony Gwynn Jr. are seen together in a 2009 photo at Petco Park. Tony Jr. is a Phillies player now. After his father's death, he tweeted: 'Today I lost my Dad, my best friend and my mentor. I'm gonna miss u so much pops. I'm gonna do everything in my power to continue to ... Make u proud!'
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Gwynn waves to fans during a ceremony before a game between the Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park in 2013.