NBRPA mourns the loss of former basketball great and baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn

June 17, 2014

By Hayley Glatter

The NBRPA would like to extend its condolences to the family of Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Gwynn, who also dominated on the basketball court at San Diego State University and was a 1981 draft choice of the San Diego Clippers. Gwynn died Monday at 54, following his battle with cancer.

Before cementing his legacy in Cooperstown, Gwynn devoted his time to both baseball and basketball. In fact, he started his collegiate athletic career on the court — not joining the baseball team until his sophomore year.

At San Diego State, Gwynn lead the Aztecs for four seasons at point guard. He was named to the all-Western Athletic Conference team twice and is still the only player to be named an all-conference WAC performer in two sports. Gwynn holds the records for most assists in a season, 221, and in a career, 590, at San Diego State. And, in 1981, the San Diego Clippers took him in the 10th round of the NBA draft.

On the field, Gwynn was known as “Mr. Padre.” He played his entire 20-year career in San Diego, amassing eight batting titles, 15 All-Star bids and five Gold Glove awards along the way. As prolific as his play was on the diamond, many will remember the right fielder’s personality off the field.

Gwynn was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, and his son, Tony Gwynn Jr., is an outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies.