Tony Gwynn was remembered as the greatest player in San Diego Padres history and as one of baseball's most amiable personalities.
The Hall of Fame outfielder died Monday morning after battling cancer. He was 54.
Gwynn was surrounded by his family at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Calif., when he died.
Gwynn spent his entire Hall of Fame career with the Padres from 1982-2001. He had 3,141 hits and a career .338 batting average (18th best all-time) in 2,440 games. Gwynn's average was the highest among all players since 1950. He batted above .300 in 19 of his 20 major league seasons, including .394 in 1994.
A 15-time All-Star, Gwynn won eight batting titles, five Gold Glove Awards and was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
He also played a significant role in the Padres winning National League pennants in 1984 and 1998, hitting a combined .371 in the two World Series.
Only once in his career did Gwynn strike out three times in a game, and that was against Bob Welch, who died last week at 57. Gwynn never struck out more than 40 times in a month. In 1995, he finished with 197 and just 15 strikeouts in 577 plate appearances.
Gwynn was a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He was named on 532 of 545 ballots (97.6 percent), along with Cal Ripken Jr. as the 2007 class of inductees. Gwynn also was given the 1995 Branch Rickey Award, the 1998 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award and the 1999 Roberto Clemente Award.
Flowers, balloons and other tributes were left Monday at the statue of Gwynn at Petco Park in San Diego, and the Padres wore black armbands on their uniforms for their Monday night game in Seattle against the Mariners.
The following is a collection of reactions on Gwynn.
--Tony Gwynn Jr., a Philadelphia Phillies outfielder who was placed on bereavement leave by the team Monday: "Today I lost my Dad, my best friend and my mentor. I'm gonna miss u so much pops. I'm gonna do everything in my power to continue to make u proud!"
--San Diego Padres: "The San Diego Padres are deeply saddened by the news today of the passing of Tony Gwynn. There are no words to express what Tony means to this organization and this community. More than just Mr. Padre, Tony was Mr. San Diego. He cared deeply about our city and had a profound impact on our community. He forever will be remembered not only for his tremendous on-field accomplishments, but also for his infectious laugh, warm, outgoing personality and huge heart. On behalf of Padres fans everywhere, we mourn the loss of a friend, a teammate and a legend. We send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the entire Gwynn family, including his wife, Alicia, his children, Tony Jr. and Anisha, and his grandchildren."
--Commissioner Bud Selig: "Major League Baseball today mourns the tragic loss of Tony Gwynn, the greatest Padre ever and one of the most accomplished hitters that our game has ever known, whose all-around excellence on the field was surpassed by his exuberant personality and genial disposition in life. Tony was synonymous with San Diego Padres baseball, and with his .338 career batting average and eight batting titles, he led his beloved ballclub to its greatest heights, including two National League pennants.
"Tony loved our game, the city of San Diego and his alma mater where he starred and coached, San Diego State University, and he was a part of a wonderful baseball family. His commitment to the children of San Diego made him a deserving recipient of our game's highest off-field honor, the Roberto Clemente Award, in 1999.
"For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the National Pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched. On behalf of all of our Clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Tony's wife Alicia, their son Tony Jr. of the Phillies, their daughter Anisha, the Padres franchise, his fans in San Diego and his many admirers throughout Baseball."
--Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler: "Today, we mourn the loss of a man who shared our great pride in this city and who made us all proud to be San Diegans. For more than a generation, the only thing more dependable in San Diego than sunshine was Tony Gwynn. No player ever has or ever will put on a Padres jersey without feeling the spirit and passion of No. 19."
--Padres lead investor Peter Seidler: "Tony was not only one of the greatest hitters the sport has ever seen, but also one of the greatest men to ever play the game. As a player who committed his entire career to one team and led the Padres to two National League pennants, Tony was admired and respected by all fans of the game. His smile will be forever etched in our hearts."
--Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso: "We talked hitting every time I saw him. Questions after questions. A true friend. So sad to hear the passing of Tony Gwynn. May he RIP."
--Hall of Famer Rod Carew: "I loved him. We had a great relationship. He was simply the best, as a player & a person."
--Two-time National League MVP Dale Murphy: "Sad news today about Tony Gwynn. Great guy, great hitter. Honored to have played against him."
--Former Houston Astros All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt: "One of the best hitters of all time has (passed) away .God bless you Tony Gwynn I've always admired Tony for how professional he played the game"
--Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout: "Baseball lost a great hitter and a better man today."
--Former major league outfielder Juan Pierre: "Mr Gwynn was a guy I would imitate in my backyard as a kid blessed to have known him."
--Current Padres closer Huston Street: "Athletes are supposed to be heroes and inspire greatness. Tony Gwynn, Mr. Padre, will live beyond today in our hearts."
--Current Tigers manager and former major-league catcher Brad Ausmus: "He was really the first guy I played with that delved into video. He was the first guy who really analyzed things, not only what he was doing but what the pitcher was doing."