Cancer claims baseball legend
Playing on a team that rarely ascended to the first division, Tony Gwynn quietly became one of the best hitters in the history of baseball.
As stated convincingly by Jason Stark of ESPN, Gwynn's career is on par with some of the greatest players ever. His .338 lifetime batting average over 20 seasons is amazing enough. But no other player born after 1900 had that high an average and more than 3,000 hits. And, even more amazing, Gwynn had eight consecutive seasons, including six in a row, in which he struck out fewer than 20 times.
Gwynn died this week due to complications from oral cancer, which he believed he contracted from one of the worst aspects of baseball - chewing tobacco.
He was dedicated to his game and his San Diego community. His early death should only build fans' appreciation for him.