Gwynn arrived in the majors as a svelte and smooth base-stealing threat. He had 319 career steals.
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In 1986, Gwynn's fifth year in the majors, he won his second of seven Silver Slugger awards.
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At the 1994 All-Star Game, Gwynn singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and scored the winning run on a Moises Alou double.
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Known more for his bat than his defense, Gwynn was a terrific right fielder who won five Gold Gloves.
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Gwynn made his first and only cover of SI on July 28, 1997.
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Gwynn batted .500 (8-for-16) in the 1998 World Series against the Yankees, but the Padres lost in four games.
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Gwynn assisted his mentor, the legendary Ted Williams, in throwing out the first pitch in the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park. Gwynn credited Williams with teaching him how to hit for more power in the latter part of his career.
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Gwynn's eight NL batting crowns tie him with Honus Wagner for the league record. Ty Cobb owns the major-league mark with 11, all in the AL.
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Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. chat prior to the 2001 All-Star Game in Seattle, the last Midsummer Classic for both stars.
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During his final season in 2001, Gwynn batted .324 but managed to take only 102 at-bats.
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