The baseball family was dealt another blow this morning when the news broke out that Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn had lost his long battle with cancer. Gwynn, who played his entire career in San Diego with the Padres, was only 54 years old.
As most people know, Gwynn was an exceptional hitter who if not for the strike in 1994, could have been the first .400 hitter in decades - he was batting an astonishing .394 at the time.
While baseball players, executives and fans mourn the loss of Mr. Padre, people have been tweeting out some Gwynn facts and they're all amazing.
Here they are for you in no particular order:
- Gwynn only struck out 434 times in his career, 2nd-fewest of any member of the 3,000-hit club (ESPN Stats and Info)
- Those strikeouts came in over 9,288 career at-bat (Jeff Passan)
- In 323 AB vs. Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux, Tony Gwynn struck out a total of three times. Two vs. Glavine. (Eric Edholm)
- Gwynn never struck out more than 40 times in a season. (Eric Malinowski)
- Gwynn hit over .350 five times after the age of 33. Hit .372 at the age of 37 in 1997, and only struck out 28 times in 592 at-bats. (Eric Edholm)
- In his last season with the Padres (2000) at age 41, Gwynn batted .324/.384/.461/.845 in 71 games. (Baseball Reference)
- His only season with a BA below .300 was in 1982 when he batted .289/.337/.389/.726 in 54 games. He would never again bat below .309. In his 20 seasons, he hit below .320 as often as he hit above .350. (Domenic Lanza)
- In Gwynn's career, he had one three-strikeout game. There were 11 yesterday in the Majors. One of those was a four K game, which Gwynn never did. (ESPN Stats and Info)
- Gwynn batted .500/.529/.688/1.217 with one homer and three RBI in the 1998 World Series against the Yankees. He didn't strike out.
- Gwynn had more doubles than Hornsby and Gehrig, more triples than Ichiro, and more stolen bases than Beltran (You Can't Predict Baseball)
Gwynn made the NL All-Star team 15 times, won eight NL batting titles, amassed 3,141 career hits and was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, appearing on 532 of the 545 ballots. It is a tremendous loss and Tony Gwynn will be missed by baseball fans everywhere.