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Friday, June 20, 2014

Did Chewing Tobacco Kill Tony Gwynn?

Keith Olbermann is a blowhard. By his logic we should stop pitchers from throwing because Dave Dravecky had a cancerous desmoid tumor in his left arm. THE SAME ARM HE PITCHED WITH!

Gwynn cancer-related death is a tragedy. Linking that tragedy to smokeless tobacco (a repugnant product) with no evidence is just exploitation.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2014 at 01:34 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: keith olbermann, tony gwynn

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ken Levine: My Tribute to Tony Gwynn

M*A*S*H/Cheers/Frasier writer remembers Captain Video.

He and I shared a cab to Shea Stadium in New York one afternoon. Somewhere in the streets of Queens the cabbie lost control and the cab did a full 360 spin before coming safely to a stop. Once we caught our breath I said to Tony, “You realize that if anything had happened the headline in all the papers and on all the news shows would be ‘Tony Gwynn and passenger killed in car accident.’ My life would be reduced to ‘passenger.’ “ Tony called me ‘passenger’ for the next two weeks.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 18, 2014 at 02:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rip, tony gwynn

In a .338 Lifetime Average, Every Day Counted

I was a teenager when I first interviewed Gwynn, working for a small magazine I published from home. This was not Sports Illustrated or ESPN. He had no special reason to be nice. But every time the Padres came to town, Gwynn would greet me warmly.

He noticed things others would not. One time we spoke, I was wearing a Vanderbilt golf shirt. Gwynn noticed the logo and asked if I went there. When I said yes, he lit up. The Padres beat writer Buster Olney, of The San Diego Union-Tribune, also went there, Gwynn said excitedly. “You’ve got to meet him!” he said.

Pause for a moment to consider how rare this is. Few players would bother to notice a detail on a reporter’s shirt. Few would know which college the team’s beat writer had attended. Fewer still would then offer, with genuine enthusiasm, to play matchmaker.

But that was Gwynn. When our interview ended, he went back to the clubhouse, found Olney and brought him to the dugout to meet me. A few years later Olney was writing for The New York Times, and he recommended me for a job. Gwynn had set me on my career path.

Zach Posted: June 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, tony gwynn

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tom Friend: Tony Gwynn used fear as motivation

In late April, I surprised him at the hospital. He was in a wheelchair. His hair was fully gray. He couldn’t open his right eye. He could only halfway open his mouth. He was on oxygen. The purest hitter of our generation was dying.

You can’t prepare yourself for that. Not when you knew him like I did. I was a rookie Padres beat writer in 1985; he’d won his first batting title in 1984. I knew him when his vision was 20-10, when he considered 1-for-4 a bad day at the office, when he used to write “5.5 hole” on his cleats. That day in the hospital, I would have done anything to see a young Tony Gwynn again. And then I looked down at his feet. He was wearing his old baseball shower shoes. On them was his scribbled number: 19. He was 19 to the end.

Ex-Padres beat writer visits dying Gwynn… my eyes must be smelling the smoke from the wood of a bat burning.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 17, 2014 at 01:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rip, tony gwynn

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Gwynn men: A son’s love, a father’s fight | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

Reports all over Twitter that HOF Tony Gwynn has passed away.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM | 216 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, padres, tony gwynn

 

 

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