As we celebrate the life of the ultimate Padre, Tony Gwynn, enjoy some crazy Tony Gwynn facts after the jump. One of the best pure hitters to ever play.
*He had a .338 career batting average and never hit below .309 in any full season.
*Batted .444 with the bases loaded.
*In 323 AB vs. Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux, Tony Gwynn struck out a total of three times. Two vs. Glavine.
*Gwynn never struck out more than 40 times in a season.
*Gwynn hit over .350 five times after the age of 33. Hit .372 at the age of 37 in 1997, and only struck out 28 times in 592 at-bats.
*In Gwynn’s career, he had one three-strikeout game. There were 11 yesterday in the Majors. One of those was a four K game, which Gwynn never did.
*Gwynn had more doubles than Roger Hornsby and Lou Gehrig, more triples than Ichiro, and more stolen bases than Carlos Beltran.
*Career highlights and awards
15× All-Star (1984–1987, 1989–1999)
5× Gold Glove Award (1986, 1987, 1989–1991)
7× Silver Slugger Award (1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997)
Roberto Clemente Award (1999)
8× NL batting champion (1984, 1987–1989, 1994–1997)