Happy Birthday, Tony Gwynn!
On May 9, 1960, a baby boy named Anthony Keith Gwynn was born to parents
Charles and Vendella in Los Angeles, California. "Tony" Gwynn would go on to win
eight batting titles, matching a National League record. This July 29, Gwynn
will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Cal Ripken
Jr., as part of Hall of Fame
Spending his entire career with the San Diego Padres, Gwynn was a hitting
machine, producing 3,141 hits in a 20-year career that stretched from 1982-2001.
In only one season – his rookie year – did Tony fail to hit .300 or better. He
batted a career-best .394 during the 1994 season, the highest batting average in
the major leagues since Ted
Williams topped .400 in 1941.
Gwynn’s eight batting titles tied the NL mark held by Honus
Wagner, and his .338 career batting average was the highest posted by a
player since Williams. In addition to being a tremendous hitter, Gwynn earned
five Gold Glove Awards for his play in right field, and swiped 319 bases,
pilfering as many as 56 in a season. Gwynn also produced in the clutch, batting
.352 with runners on base during his career, and .349 with runners in scoring
position. Amazingly, Gwynn, who was a magician with the bat, was even effective
when he was behind in the count – posting a career average of .313 in those
situations. In two World Series, the sweet-swinging left-hander hit .371 with
one home run.
Gwynn and Ripken will be center stage during Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
at the end of July. Make your plans
to join them and be a part of history in Cooperstown.
Want to incorporate Tony Gwynn into your curriculum? Sign up for the Education Department’s "Batter Up: Tony Gwynn" program. All math content relates to Tony’s Hall of Fame career in a fun, interactive educational program (available via videoconferencing only, and no, Tony will not be present for your program. Sorry.)