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Baseball legend Tony Gwynn dead at 54

June 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Former San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn waives during a pre game ceremony to honor the members of the 1998 National League Championship team before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Photo: Image by USA TODAY Sports

Baseball legend Tony Gwynn dead at 54

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jun 16, 2014 - UPDATED: Jun 16, 2014

One of the great hitters in recent baseball history has passed away from cancer.

The San Diego Padres announced that Tony Gwynn, a baseball Hall of Famer, died Monday at a California hospital. He was 54 years old.

Praise came from across the sports world.

Gwynn suffered from mouth cancer, which he blamed on smokeless tobacco. He and his son Tony, Jr., who plays with the Philadelphia Phillies, were featured on CSNPhilly.com about their relationship and the struggle Gwynn has had with cancer.

Gwynn averaged .338 for his career with 3,191 career hits.

He learned from the great Ted Williams. Listen to this conversation between the two legends.

Jay Sorgi

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A lifelong sports fanatic whose grandfather appeared on a weekly show in the early years of 620WTMJ, Jay was well-groomed for a career with Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ.