San Diego State retires Tony Gwynn's number
The San Diego State baseball team retired former coach Tony Gwynn's number in a ceremony before its season opener on Friday.
Gwynn, who died in June of salivary gland cancer, played baseball and basketball at SDSU. He returned the school immediately his playing career ended 2001 and became the head coach of the baseball program.
Gwynn's No. 3, which he had worn as a player, had already been retired by the school. The No. 19 he famously wore with the Padres and later as a coach was retired on Friday. He was also honored at the Aztecs' basketball game on Wednesday.
"I think he's looking down now extremely proud of the legacy he left behind," Gwynn's son, Tony Gwynn Jr., told NBC San Diego. "More importantly, I think the people of San Diego all feel a part of it, and it makes it that much more of a family situation."
Gwynn spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was a 15-time All-Star. He had a career batting average of .338 and won the National League batting title eight times. Gwynn was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007 with 97.6 percent of the vote.
- Dan Gartland