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Major League Baseball legend Tony Gwynn, who had a remarkable 20-season career with the San Diego Padres, has died at the age of 54.
Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres announced on Twitter that Gwynn died Monday.
Gwynn was the rarest of athletes not just because he had a .338 career batting average, won five Gold Glove Awards, seven National League batting titles and earned a spot on 16 All-Star teams, reported FOX5 San Diego.
It’s because he played his entire 20-season Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball career with one team, the San Diego Padres.
Gwynn came to San Diego after graduating high school at Long Beach Polytechnic in 1977 to enroll at San Diego State University where he played baseball and basketball.
Gwynn still holds the school basketball record of 590 career assists – 111 more than the next-closest player.
Regardless of his success on the court, his future was on the diamond and in 1981, the Padres chose Gwynn in the third round of the amateur draft.
He made his MLB debut on July 19, 1982 against Montreal, and doubled in his fourth at bat.