It was announced yesterday that the greatest Padres to have ever lived, Tony Gwynn, will inducted into the California Hall of Fame in their 10th class with, among others Harrison Ford, George Takei and Maria Shriver. Gwynn’s bio lists his California connection as being a native of Long Beach, CA and oh yeah, he lived and played in San Diego since 1977.
Tony Gwynn was one of the greatest hitters in the history of Major League Baseball. In 20 seasons (1982-2001) with the San Diego Padres, Gwynn won a National League record-tying eight batting titles and was selected to 16 All-Star teams. He was the first-ever unanimous selection to the Padres Hall of Fame, and the team retired his number 19 jersey in 2004.
The ceremony that will celebrate their achievements will take place on November 30th at the California Museum in Sacramento.
Gwynn will be the second San Diego State University Aztec to enter the Hall of Fame following astronaut Ellen Ochoa’s induction last year.