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Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn dies of cancer at age 54

Tony Gwynn in 2006 (photo by Ewen & Donabel via wikipedia commons)

Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn has passed away at 54 years old.

Gwynn died today, Monday, June 16, 2014, of cancer of the salivary gland.

He is survived by his wife, Alicia, daughter Anisha and son Tony Jr., an outfielder with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Hall of Fame outfielder, spent all 20 of his MLB career with the San Diego Padres, had been on a medical leave since late March from his job as the head baseball coach at his alma mater San Diego State.

One of the greatest contact hitters to ever play the game, Gwynn amassed 3,141 hits, a career .338 average and won eight NL batting titles. He excelled at hitting singles the other way, between third base and shortstop, which is considered the “5.5 hole”.

Gwynn had three procedures to remove noncancerous growths from his parotid gland since 1997. In 2010, Gwynn was diagnosed with cancer of a salivary gland and had both lymph nodes removed. Gwynn said his cancer was due to the habit of dipping tobacco that he had since playing rookie ball in Walla Walla in 1981.

Gwynn’s second surgery was complicated, with surgeons removing a facial nerve because it was intertwined with a tumor inside his right cheek. They grafted a nerve from Gwynn’s neck where he  eventually was able to regain facial movement.

Gwynn’s other accomplishments included:

2 World Series appearances

15-time All-Star

8-time Batting Champion

5-time Gold Glove Award Winner

7-time Silver Slugger Award Winner

1999 Roberto Clemente Award Winner

Number 19 jersey retired by San Diego Padres retired in 2004

.338 career batting average

135 career homers

1,138 career RBI’s

Played with the Padres from 1982-2001.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Wednesday, May 9, 2012; Historical news, birthdays


Today is Wednesday, May 9, the 130th day of 2012. There are 236 days left in the year.


*On May 9, 1712, the Carolina Colony was officially divided into two entities: North Carolina and South Carolina.

* In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee opened public hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

* In 1980, 35 people were killed when a freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, causing a 1,400-foot section of the southbound span to collapse.

* In 2011, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced on social-networking websites that he was running for the Republican presidential nomination. Earlier this month, Gingrich announced he was withdrawing from the race.


Candice Bergen turns 66 today (1993 photo by Alan Light via wikipedia commons)

77 NOKIE EDWARDS, rock guitarist of the group, The Ventures

76 ALBERT FINNEY, actor from the Erin Brockovich movie

70 TOMMY ROE, singer

66 CANDICE BERGEN, actress who portrayed Murphy Brown

63 BILLY JOEL, renowned pop singer

61 ALLY MILLS, actress from the TV show, The Wonder Years

52 TONY GWYNN, MLB Hall of Fame outfielder

33 ROSARIO DAWSON, actress from Sin City

27 AUDRINA PATRIDGE, TV personality from The Hills


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Surgery removes tumor inside Gwynn’s cheek


Tony Gwynn with Padres (photo by Galaksiafervojo via wikipedia commons)

Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, who spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001, had surgery to remove a new cancerous tumor from inside his right cheek.

Currently, the head baseball coach at San Diego State, Gwynn had previously a malignant growth removed from the same spot in August of 2010.

Gwynn’s wife, Alicia,  told the media that doctors do not feel that the cancer has spread outside of her husband’s salivary gland.

Gwynn has always maintained that his cancer came from dipping tobacco starting in rookie ball in 1981.

The 51-year-old had quite a career in Major League Baseball.

He had a .338 batting average, with 3,141 hits, 135 home runs, 1,138 RBI’s. He was a 15-time NL All-Star, won five gold gloves, earned eight batting titles.

The San Diego Padres retired his #19 in 2004 and he was a first-time Baseball Hall of Fame ballot inductee, garnering 97.6% of the votes in 2007.


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Reds rally behind Hernandez clutch hitting; end Padres win streak

compiled from staff and wire reports

Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez hit a tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth inning and Cincinnati rallied to end the San Diego Padres’ eight-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory on Sunday in Cincinnati.

None of the Reds wins this year have been easy. The Padres put runners on first and third with two out in the ninth inning but Francisco Cordero got former Red Jerry Hairston, Jr. to fly out to center to end the game.

Ramon Hernandez (mlb)

Jay Bruce had three hits and Scott Rolen hit his fifth homer for Cincinnati, which managed only four runs in the first two games of the series. Seven of the Reds’ eight wins have come in their last at-bat.

Reds manager Dusty Baker ripped into his players for their sloppy play after Saturday’s 5-0 loss to the Padres. Cincinnati committed two more baserunning blunders in the series finale on Sunday but Baker was pleased that the team responded.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off Homer Bailey in the fourth to give the Padres a 2-0 lead. Gonzalez, who drove 1-1 pitch into the right-field seat, has connected in each of San Diego’s last four games. He has 6 homers in his last seven games at Great American Ball Park, dating to the 2009 season.

Dusty Baker (mlb)

It was Gonzalez’s 136th homer with the Padres, snapping a tie with Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn for fourth place on the franchise’s career list. Hall of Famer Dave Winfield is third with 154.


Reds' Infielder Aaron Miles (wfe)

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cincinnati Reds figure to have a pretty good bench this year. Eventhough the roster hasn’t been finalized, it’ll probably be Aaron Miles, Chris Dickerson, Ryan Hanigan, Paul Janish, Miguel Cairo, Wladimir Balentien and Laynce Nix.

With the Reds’ trading away of centerfielder Willy Taveras and his $4 million dollar salary, it made it possible for them to add a solid utilityman in Aaron Miles. Miles will make $2.7 million but it is worth it because he can play all over the field except pitcher and catcher.

Rockies 1b Todd Helton (wfe)

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who ranks 44th all-time in doubles with 509, could pass several Hall of Fame members during the 2010 baseball season. Those will include Rickey Henderson(510), Joe Cronin (515), Willie Mays (523), Ted Williams (525), Frank Robinson (528), Lou Gehrig (534), Al Simmons (539), Joe Medwick  and Dave Winfield both at (540), Rogers Hornsby (541), Harry Heilmann (542) and Tony Gwynn (543).

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre has changed his mind about 2010 being his last year as a mamager.  He says if his health is good and the Dodgers want him to stay, he would.

Dodgers Manager Joe Torre (LAD)

Torre enters the final season of a three-year, $13 million dollar contract signed on November 7, 2007. Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly, who came with Torre from the New York Yankees, is the manager in waiting.

Torre enters 2010 with 2,246 wins and 1,915 losses in 28 years as a manager.  His teams have reached the post sesason for 14 consecutive seasons and have won a division title in 11 of his last 12 seasons, including two consecutive NL West titles in his first two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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