BOSTON (CBS) — The baseball world is mourning the loss of one of the game’s greatest hitters.

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died on Monday at the age of 54, Major League Baseball confirmed via Twitter. Gwynn had been fighting salivary gland cancer, according to

A 15-time All-Star, Gwynn played his entire 20-year career with the San Diego Padres. He was an eight-time National League batting champion and won five gold gloves for his play in the San Diego outfield.

Gwynn retired after the 2001 season, finishing his career with a .338 average and 3,141 hits. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2007, his first year of eligibility.


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