SAN DIEGO — A private memorial service for Tony Gwynn was held on Saturday at San Diego State.
Gwynn, who played for the Padres during his 20-year Hall of Fame career, died on Monday after battling cancer. He was 54.
Among the pall bearers for Gwynn was Padres manager Bud Black, a former teammate of Gwynn’s at San Diego State.
”The main theme was how respected he was,” Black said. ”Not only as a baseball player, a baseball man, but as a family man: Husband, father, son, brother. I think that’s what truly hit home with all of us.”
Among the 200 attendees were Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Cal Ripken, Dave Winfield and Ozzie Smith. The memorial speakers included Gwynn’s ex-Padres teammates, Trevor Hoffman and John Kruk. A public tribute for Gwynn will be held Thursday night at Petco Park.