Tony Gwynn was arguably the greatest hitter of his era. In a twenty year career spent entirely with the San Diego Padres, Gwynn hit better than .300 nineteen times. He led the league in batting eight times, including three years in a row from 1987-1989 and another four years in a row from 1994-1997. A fifteen time All Star, Gwynn appeared in two World Series, in 1984 and 1998. While the Padres never won a championship, Gwynn did his best, hitting a combined .371 in the two separate series. He garnered more than 200 hits five times, including a career high 220 in 1997 at the age of 37. He finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .338 and 3141 hits.
Only Ty Cobb won more batting titles that Gwynn. His lifetime average is the highest in baseball since Ted Williams.
July 21, 2012