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Baseball great Tony Gwynn dies after cancer battle

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:29

June 16 - Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters of his generation, has died at the age of 54 after a battle with cancer. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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For these fans, baseball will never be the same. Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters of his generation, has died at the age of 54 after a battle with cancer. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFED FAN, SAYING: "It was almost unreal. I knew he was sick. Just to find out so suddenly and in that way. You know, it hurt. A lot." Gwynn, who played his entire career with the San Diego Padres, had two operations for cancer in his right cheek. And the Hall of Famer said he believed the cancer was from chewing tobacco. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFED FAN, SAYING: "I cried. A whole bunch of us did." For those who knew him personally, the news hits hard. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE SOX MANAGER ROBIN VENTURA, SAYING: "He's a great hitter and everything. But you know, you get to know these guys outside of baseball and you get to talk to them and know their families and everything. It's sad for his family, it's sad for his kids and wife. He's just a good guy. You wish they would stay around longer." And fans feel the same way: (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFED FAN, SAYING: "I met him several times, I have all his memorabilia. I went through the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Tony and Cal Ripkin. He was with me, with Padres for 20 years so he's a friend. Gwynn had a career batting average of .338; 18th best of all-time.

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Baseball great Tony Gwynn dies after cancer battle

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:29

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