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MLB legend Tony Gwynn dead at age 54

The Hall of Famer had been struggling with salivary gland cancer.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   June 16, 2014 at 12:02 PM
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SAN DIEGO, June 16 (UPI) -- One of the greatest San Padres players of all-time died Monday after a struggle with salivary gland cancer.

Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, "Mr. Padre," won eight National League batting titles during his 20 seasons in the majors and collected 3,141 hits.

Gwynn, who stayed with the Padres for his entire career, retired in 2001 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. He had been working as the head baseball coach at San Diego State University.

Some of Gwynn's hitting numbers, including his .338 career batting average, are downright amazing.

Gwynn was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and thought it had gone into remission only to have it return in 2012.

"The whole experience was traumatic because I thought I had it beat, and dang, it came back," Gwynn said during a 2012 Hall of Fame visit.

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