Poway Announces Dedication Ceremony for the Tony Gwynn Memorial
April 18, 2017
BENEFITING: City of Poway
EVENT DATE: Apr 01, 2016
Tony Gwynn, #19, was and will always be, Mr. Padre - and rightly so. In his two decades with the team he won fifteen batting titles; he was elected to the All Star team fifteen times; he won five Gold Glove Awards; he was featured on a Wheaties box; and in 2002 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Following his Major League Baseball career he coached baseball at his alma mater SDSU (where in his undergraduate years he was the only player in the Western Athletic Conference to be named All Conference in two sports - baseball and basketball.)
And while celebrated for his incredible athletic ability, heart and outstanding work ethic, Tony was also adored as a parent, grandparent, friend, community contributor and Poway neighbor. Indeed, he loved Poway and the San Diego region so much he was that rare professional player who refused to move to another city for more money.
No wonder the word that often comes to mind when describing Tony Gwynn is “character.” And it was that attribute which led to three of his highest honors.
The Roberto Clemente Award is given to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and the individual's contribution to his team. The Lou Gehrig Award goes to the player who makes exemplary contributions in both his community and philanthropy. The Branch Rickey Award is given to the player who exemplifies exceptional community service, or “service above self,” the motto of the Rotary Club International. Tony Gwynn was chosen for all three. To win any one of these awards is truly an honor. To be chosen for all three exhibits a definite pattern to one’s life, and speaks volumes about a man who did not speak volumes about himself.
As Powegians, we know Tony as a devoted family man, who dedicated his time and talent to the community. His loyalty and integrity were an inspiration to all. He was the kind of person we all aspire to be. With your help and contributions; It will be our honor to have Tony preserved in a bronze likeness, so that his legacy will live on in our community.