In remembrance of Padres legend Tony Gwynn, Keith Olbermann shared a touching story of the first meeting between the outfielder and Yankees announcer Bob Sheppard.
Others from around baseball, including Cardinals Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Smith, took to Twitter to fondly remember No. 19.
#tonygwynn Toughest hitter I ever had to play defense against. Great player who never got credit for his defensive skills that he was
— Ozzie Smith (@STLWizard) June 16, 2014
Prayers and thoughts go out to the Gwynn family for the passing of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Sr. Great man and he will be missed.
— Nomar Garciaparra (@Nomar5) June 16, 2014
Sad to hear the news about Tony Gwynn, was one of my favorite players growing up. He was a true legend & will be missed.
— Josh Hamilton (@thejoshhamilton) June 17, 2014
Wow. Sad to hear of the passing of Tony Gwynn. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of the baseball family.
— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) June 16, 2014
A MAESTRO AT THE PLATE
Gwynn was sometimes referred to as Mr. Padre and for good reason. In the two decades he played for San Diego he collected 3,141 hits and led the franchise to its only two World Series appearances. His stats at the plate were stellar by any standard, but he also was an asset on defense, winning five Gold Glove awards from 1986 to 1991.
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