Tony Gwynn Dead at 54: Baseball Hall of Famer Dies of Cancer

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Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Fame baseball player, has died.

He was 54.

Gwynn had battled cancer in recent years after the disease first developed in his salivary glands, which the legend attributed to years of chewing tobacco.

One of the sport’s greatest hitters during two decades with the San Diego Padres, Gwynn won eight National League batting titles and made 15 All-Star teams.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007.

Following Gwynn’s playing career, he coached at San Diego State University.

His son, Tony Gwynn Jr., plays for the Philadelphia Phillies.

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