Tony Gwynn Dies at 54 – by Brad Mangin

Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres bats during a game against the San Francisco Giants at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, California on September 30, 2001. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

San Francisco Bay Area sports photographer Brad Mangin shares photos of baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who recently passed away.

Last week I wrote a blog post about the passing of Bob Welch at the age of 57. His funeral was just two days ago. Today I am writing about the passing of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who died today at age 54. It is so sad to see two great players that I photographed die so young, within days of each other. You will read many stories in the coming days about what a great hitter, teammate, and person Gwynn was. I would like to take this opportunity to talk about how difficult this great player was to photograph as a hitter.

Continue reading and see more photos on Brad’s blog.

Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres stands on the field during batting practice before a game against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California in 1989. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres steals second base during a spring training game against the California Angels at Desert Sun Stadium in Yuma, Arizona in March of 1991. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres slides home safely during a game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California on June 7, 2000. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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