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|Subject: #19||Date: 6/17/2014 12:46 PM|
|Author: mcbdds||Number: 731536 of 846990|
Tony Gwynn died yesterday age 54.
3,141 career hits, 8 batting titles, .338 career batting average, 5 gold gloves, & .394 batting average in 1994 the highest since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941.
We were crazy baseball people back in the 90's. Both boys were quite talented, had 5 leagues going year round at times Majors, AllStars, Traveling teams. Played three games some days. DW selling sodas in the concession stands, I was a scrub dad coach.
Tony was the hitting coach during summer specialty hitting clinics and we got to know him very well. He was the best of the best both as a player and as a human being. Always good hearted, supportive and a superb educator. Would work with the kids all afternoon and then go to work. We would race down to the stadium, sit on the first base line just to watch him hit. 4 for 4 was common. He could see the ball, its trajectory, and plate placement better than anyone on the planet....it was jedi knight spooky. Not a power hitter by any means but would be at 3 & 2 and tap an low outside pitch easily out to shallow right field.
Little boys would crowd around him after games, he would sign balls, hats bats until everyone got taken care of. Always a big white smile.
The angles in heaven are learning to hit from the best.
He will be missed very much.
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