Baseball world will miss Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn

Fans watch highlights at a makeshift memorial to former San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn at...

Fans watch highlights at a makeshift memorial to former San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday. (Sam Hodgson/Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:56 PM ET

Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench said he was like Stradivarius with a bat.

Hall of Fame second baseman Robbie Alomar remembers him as a shoe supplier.

Hall of Fame candidate Fred McGriff credits him for introducing video replay into the game.

All of baseball remembered Tony Gwynn’s laughter, work ethic and line-drive ability from foul line to foul line.

Gwynn, 54, died of oral cancer in Poway, Calif., on Monday.

In his Hall of Fame acceptance speech Alomar thanked many in the crowd and he added “and Tony ... thank you for the shoes.”

Gwynn wore custom-made shoes during his 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres and when Alomar saw them at Yuma, Ariz., his first spring in 1986 he asked his father, Sandy Alomar, then a coach with the Padres, if he could get an old pair from Gwynn.

“Wore them all the way through the minors,” said Alomar, which translated into 366 games for the fast riser in the San Diego system.


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