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Padres in Cooperstown
Hall of Fame Class of 2007
On January 9, 2007, Padres legend Tony Gwynn was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. "Mr. Padre" joined Cal Ripken Jr. in the Hall of Fame's 2007 class on July 29, 2008. With 75,000 fans looking on, it was the largest crowd ever at an induction ceremony.
In 20 seasons (1982-2001) with San Diego, Gwynn won a National League record-tying eight batting titles and was selected to 16 All-Star teams.
The Padres career leader in nearly every offensive category, Gwynn retired with a .338 career batting average and 3,141 hits in 2,440 games. Gwynn's hit count includes 543 doubles, 85 triples and 135 home runs. He also finished with 1,138 RBI and 319 stolen bases.
Gwynn played on each of the Padres first three division championship clubs (1984, 1996, 1998) and batted .371 (13-for-35) in the club's two World Series appearances in 1984 against the Tigers and 1998 against the Yankees.
He hit over .300 in 19 consecutive season with his .289 rookie performance standing as the only time in his professional career that he failed to hit .300, having reached the mark in each stop over his three minor league seasons.
Only the 17th player in history to spend his entire career of 20 or more seasons with one club, Gwynn's unwavering loyalty to the Padres and his undying devotion to the San Diego community further cemented his standing both as "Mr. Padre" and one of the great ambassadors of the game of baseball.
Hall of Fame Class of 2001
Dave Winfield became the first player to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame as a Padre when he was inducted into the Cooperstown shrine on Aug. 5, 2001. Winfield joined Kirby Puckett, Bill Mazeroski and Hilton Smith in the Hall's Class of 2001.
Winfield's Cooperstown credentials include 12 All-Star selections during a 22-year career during which he batted .283 with 3110 hits, 465 home runs, 1833 RBI and 223 stolen bases in 2973 games with the Padres, Yankees, Angels, Blue Jays, Twins and Indians.
He was elected to the Padres Hall of Fame in 2000, and his No. 31 jersey was retired by the club in 2001.
The inscription on his Hall of Fame plaque reads:
"A complete player who intimidated the opposition with his immense stature, power, aggressive baserunning and dominant defense. Advanced directly from college to the Major Leagues. The 12-time All-Star compiled 3,110 hits, 465 home runs, 1,833 RBI and a .283 career average. The multitalented outfielder, renowned for long strides and a rocket arm, earned seven Gold Glove awards. Among All-Time leaders in hits, RBI, games, doubles, extra base hits, total bases and putouts. His 11th inning, two-out double in Game Six clinched Toronto's 1992 World Series title."
Notable Padres artifacts at the Hall
- Bat from Nate Colbert's record five-homer, 13-RBI in a doubleheader on Aug. 1, 1972.
- Uniform worn by Gaylord Perry during the 1979 season.
- Cap worn by Steve Garvey on April 16, 1983, when he set the NL record for consecutive games played.
- World Series press pin from 1984.
- Bats used by Marvell Wynne, Tony Gwynn and John Kruk to homer in succession leading off a game April 13, 1987.
- Jersey worn by Gwynn during the 1994 season when he hit .394 to record his fifth NL batting title.
- Bat used by Ken Caminiti to switch hit home runs in consecutive games Sept. 16-17, 1995.
- Bat and spikes used by Gwynn in 1997, when he achieved his record-tying eighth NL batting title.
- Cap worn by Gwynn during the 1998 World Series.
- A bat used by Greg Vaughn during his 50-home run season of 1998.
- Bat and uniform from final month of Tony Gwynn's final season in 2001.