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Gwynn, Tonylocked

(9 May 1960–16 June 2014)
  • John R. M. Wilson


Gwynn, Tony (9 May 1960–16 June 2014), baseball player, was born Anthony Keith Gwynn in Los Angeles, California, to Charles Gwynn, a warehouse worker, and Vendetta Gwynn, a postal worker. The family moved to Long Beach when Tony was nine, and he attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, starring in baseball and basketball. San Diego State recruited him as a basketball player, but, crucial to his accepting their offer, allowed him to play baseball after his freshman year. He went on to be a record-breaking assist-creating point guard in basketball and a star outfielder in baseball, the only Western Athletic Conference player to be all-conference in two sports. The San Diego Clippers drafted him for the National Basketball Association the same day the San Diego Padres made him their fourth (and fifty-eighth overall) pick in the baseball draft. Gwynn opted for baseball....

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