Many highlights for Gwynn in storied career
From first hit to No. 3,141, Padres Hall of Famer one of baseball's finest
So many hits, so many memories, so much to remember.
Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gywnn, who died on Monday at the age of 54, left an indelible impression on those in San Diego and beyond with his play during a 20-year career, all with the Padres.
From his first hit to his last -- and with so much in between -- here's a look at some of the many notable milestones from Gwynn's career.
It all started, of course, with one hit. One of many.
July 19, 1982: At 22, just over a year after he was drafted, Gywnn earned a promotion from the Minor Leagues and got the first hit of his career -- a double off the Phillies' Sid Monge at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego. All told, Gwynn had two hits in the game and drove in a run.
1984: Gwynn led the league with 213 hits, the first of seven times he would do that. Gwynn also won his first of eight batting titles with a .351 average. The Padres made the World Series, where they lost in five games to the Tigers.
1994: Gwynn hit .394 during the strike-shortened season to earn one of his eight batting titles. Many were convinced that Gwynn would have made a run at Ted Williams' .406 average in 1941, the most recent time a player hit .400 or better. Williams, of course, is a San Diegan.
Sept. 28, 1998: In a big series at Dodger Stadium, the Padres pulled off a three-game sweep to win the National League West. Gwynn's RBI single broke a 2-2 tie in a game that clinched the NL West title and allowed San Diego to reach the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.
Oct. 17, 1998: Gwynn hit a home run off the right-field façade in the upper deck at Yankee Stadium in Game 1 of the World Series, a moment he cherished, though the Yankees swept the Friars. Gwynn also played in the 1984 World Series against the Tigers, and he compiled a .308 average in 27 playoff games.
July 13, 1999: Gwynn helped another San Diego legend, Williams, throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the All-Star Game in Boston. The two first met in 1992, when they talked -- what else? -- hitting.
Aug. 6, 1999: Gwynn's pursuit of 3,000 career hits reached its goal with a first-inning single off Expos pitcher Dan Smith in Montreal. Gwynn was mobbed by his teammates on the field, and he was later surprised after the game by his mother, Vendella, on her 64th birthday.
Oct. 6, 2001: Gwynn collected his final hit, No. 3,141, a double off Gabe White of the Rockies. He played in his last game the following day before a crowd of 60,103 at Qualcomm Stadium. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning and grounded out.
2004: In a moving ceremony at Petco Park, the team's downtown ballpark that opened that season, the team retired Gwynn's No. 19 jersey.
2007: After getting 97.6 percent of the vote, Gwynn was elected into Baseball's Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
2007: The team unveiled a 10-foot statue of Gwynn -- swinging at bat, of course -- in the Park at the Park area beyond the outfield fence at Petco Park.