August Live 2014
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Just a few short weeks ago, more than 23,000 fans attended the public memorial tribute at San Diego's Petco Field. They arrived at 19 Tony Gwynn Drive, they passed the bronze statue in Tony Gwynn Plaza, and they saw number "19" both perched high atop the centerfield wall and etched into the outfield grass. They chanted Tony, Tony, Tony. Steve Garvey spoke about Gwynn's light-up-a-stadium smile. Reggie Jackson called him "a genuine man, a quality man, a 100 percent family man...a great son, a great husband, a great father, a great friend and a great teammate...an example of what we all want to live and emulate as a person." (The entire 90-minute ceremony can be viewed by clicking here.)
There was only one Tony Gwynn—and there may never be another. Mr. Padre batting over .300 an NL-record 19 times. Mr. Padre never hit below .309 in a full season. Mr. Padre's .338 career average ranks supreme among all post-WWII players. Mr. Padre won as many batting crowns as Honus Wager (8) and was eclipsed only by Ty Cobb (12). Mr. Padre had an unprecedented four 5-hit games in '93. Mr. Padre struck out just 434 times in 10,232 plate appearances. Mr. Padre won 5 Gold Gloves. Mr. Padre was elected to the Hall of Fame with the seventh-best voting percentage in history (97.61%).
Proudly presented here, in honor of his unimpeachable legacy, is a game-used jersey from the historic 1998 season that marked Gwynn's second and final World Series appearance, along with a battle-scarred, game-used bat from the same late-1990s period. The rare, midnight-blue alternate jersey hails from a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers on September 23rd—the Padres' 98th win of the year. Not only did Tony go 2-for-4 and belt a home run, but he also inched closer to the venerable 3000 Hit Club with career safeties 2,924 and 2,925. A Russell Athletic Diamond Collection main label size 50 with laundry instructions appears on the left front tail with a "100% Polyester" flap tag. Written on the label in blue ink is "9/23/98 - 2924 - 2925 - vs - LA." And beautifully custom-embroidered (by Tony's wife Alicia) in matching orange below the orange "19" and white NOB is: "9/23/98 - VS - LA - #2924 - #2925." The navy button-down features "Padres" across the chest in navy-on-white-on-orange tackle twill, with white piping accents on the button-path and sleeve openings, plus a monk logo patch on the left sleeve. Gwynn has signed the back number in black marker ("8"). Moderate wear. LOA from wife Alicia Gwynn on behalf of Gwynn Sports Inc. LOA from JSA. LOA from Legendary Auctions.
The late-1990s Louisville Slugger signature model bat (Model #B267) is uncracked and shows incredible game use featuring heavy pine tar and extensive taping up the handle. Notations of "#19" and the model "B267" appear on both the knob and cupped barrel end, with additional trademark notations of the weight and length ("33 - 30.5") and "TG 19" on the knob. Of note, the MLB logo was hand-colored by Gwynn who was known to add that artistic touch from time to time! LOA from Legendary Auctions.
Tony Gwynn 1998 San Diego Padres Signed Game Used Jersey (Hits #2,924 and 2,925) and Late 1990s Game-Used Bat
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