Tony Gwynn to Receive 2012 Living Legend Award from LSM&F
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will honor Baseball Hall of Famer and San Diego Padres great, Tony Gwynn, with its 2012 Living Legend Award on Friday, November 9th. Gwynn will be recognized during a special recognition ceremony that kicks off the Ninth Annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction. “Tony Gwynn exemplified the character and leadership of a Hall of Famer throughout his entire career,” said Anne Jewell, Executive Director of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. “The Living Legend Award recognizes greatness both on and off the field and Tony Gwynn has been a tremendous ambassador for America’s pastime throughout his life,” she said.
Nicknamed “Mr. Padre”, Tony Gwynn played all of his 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres. He was known as one of the most consistent contact hitters in baseball history, posting a career batting average of .338. During his illustrious career, Gwynn never batted below .309 in any full season. The left-handed slugger won a record-tying eight batting titles between 1984 and 1997, joining Honus Wagner as one of only two players in the National League to accomplish that feat. He is the only player in major league history to win four batting titles in two separate decades.
Gwynn helped lead San Diego to the only two World Series appearances in franchise history. He was a 16-time National League All-Star and was voted to start in that contest 11 times. Using a Louisville Slugger B267 model throughout his career, Gwynn earned 3,141 hits and finished his playing days ranked 17th in career hits. He was a first ballot inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving a remarkable 97 percent of the votes.
In addition, he has been the honored by the San Diego Padres numerous times since his retirement. His No. 19 jersey was retired by the franchise in 2004. The Padres also honored Gwynn with a statue in PETCO Park and have named the street the stadium is on Tony Gwynn Drive. Gwynn is currently the head baseball coach at San Diego State University, his alma mater, where he played both college basketball and baseball for the Aztecs.
Outside of baseball, Gwynn and his wife founded the Tony & Alicia Gwynn Foundation (TAG), a non-profit organization that assists charitable programs whose focus is helping underprivileged children and young adults grow into productive citizens. TAG is especially interested in character development—encouraging positive attitude, behavior, communication and discipline in youth— that provides a foundation for success later in life.
“Throughout my entire baseball career I was a very proud member of the Louisville Slugger family,” Gwynn said. “It is a great honor to be recognized by Louisville Slugger. I am grateful that Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is supporting TAG and helping youngsters accomplish their dreams of attending college.” he said. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has produced a limited edition B267C model collector bat autographed by Gwynn. Only 100 signed bats are available and the cost is $325 per bat, which includes two tickets to the invitation-only Living Legend celebration. Proceeds from the sales of these special bats will benefit the TAG Foundation. For more information or to purchase a bat, please call 502-588-7271 or email email@example.com.
Past recipients of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory’s Living Legend Award are Johnny Bench (2011), Ernie Banks (2010), Hank Aaron (2009), Frank Robinson (2008) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (2007).