On This Day In Baseball History: July 19, 1982

Tony Gwynn

 

San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn makes his major league debut. The future Hall of Famer goes 2-for-4 in his first game hitting a double, sac fly and scoring a run. Gwynn would play his entire career in San Diego leading the NL in hits 7 times, batting average 8 times, including stints of 3 (1987-1989) and 4 (1994-1997) consecutive years. Gwynn has come the closest to hitting .400 since Ted Williams last did so in 1941; Gwynn hit .394 in the strike shortened 1994 season. He was a 15-time All-Star, 7-time Silver Slugger winner, and a 5-time Gold Glove Award winner. His .338 career batting average is tied for 18th all-time and the highest since Ted Williams retired in 1960 with .344.

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