Tony Gwynn: Meeting Baseball’s Best Hitter

By Michael J. Schell

This article was published in the 2019 The National Pastime.

Tony Gwynn played his entire major league career for the Padres and was elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot. The author explains his meeting with baseball's best hitter before a milestone at-bat. "I don’t like to compare myself to hitters of the past because people always start talking about eras — 'Gwynn’s got to face four different pitchers in a game' — all that stuff. Forget all that. It’s still the game of baseball. When I’m dead and gone, all that will be left is the . . .

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