Tony Gwynn died at age 54

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died at age 54. He had a salivary gland cancer and his life in the last years was a battle to survive. In 2009 a malignant tumor was removed from his right cheek. The cancer returned twice. The announcement of his death was made by MLB and San Diego Padres officials on Monday.

"We are terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend, Tony Gwynn," was the San Diego Padres’ message posted on Twitter. Gwynn himself claimed the cancer in his salivary gland was the result of his longtime chewing tobacco habit. He notched more than 3,100 hits during a Major League Baseball career spanning two decades. Gwynn, was a 15-time All-Star. „I just know the good Lord blessed me with ability, blessed me with good eyesight and a good pair of hands, and then I worked at the rest" declared Gwynn before being inducted into the Hall of Fame. His .338 career batting average is the highest since Ted Williams retired from the Boston Red Sox in 1960. He will be deeply missed by many, many people.