My heart sank when I learned that San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn passed away of cancer today at the age of 54.
I don’t say this lightly, but Gwynn was the greatest pure hitter in National League history. Gwynn won eight NL batting titles joining Honus Wagner as the only men to have accomplished that feat in the history of the Senior Circuit. In the strike shortened season of 1994, Gwynn hit .394. What could have been? If anyone could have hit .400, it was Gwynn. After hitting .289 in his rookie season of 1982, Gwynn never hit below .309 for the next 19 seasons. His lifetime batting average was .338. On seven occasions, Gwynn led the NL in hits and finished with 3,141 career hits.