The San Diego Padre’s Tony Gwynn “Mr. Padre”, passed away June 16, 2014, from oral cancer. This was something that Gwynn was diagnosed with after years of chewing tobacco.
The San Diego club retired his No. 19 jersey in a ceremony held at their stadium in 2004, in 2005, the street where the stadium is located was named “Tony Gwynn Drive” and in 2007, a statue was unveiled.
Tony Gwynn was honored before the Game 3 World Series on Oct. 24th with his family standing on the infield along with the MLB Chief Operating Officer Robert Manfred. They played a video of highlights and interviews on the big screen of Gwynn.
So with that said, after Gwynn retired from the MLB, he joined the San Diego State University as a head coach on Sept. 21, 2001, and took over the program in July 2002.
On Sunday, the SDSU baseball team honored their late manager in a performance… an annual Halloween tradition that was started by Gwynn.
Watch the Flash Mob dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.
Michael Jackson, one of Gwynn’s favorite musicians too.
Also On 97.9 The Box: