Remembering #19

The big Tony Gwynn jersey hanging on the County Administration Center since a few days after his death last month is scheduled to come down Friday.

In a tweet, Supervisor Dianne Jacob said the 30-by-35-foot mesh jersey featuring Gwynn’s No. 19 would be taken to the San Diego Hall of Champions.

The Hall of Fame right-fielder died June 16 at 54, following a five-year battle with cancer, and the jersey was put on display three days later. It previously was hung in 2007, when Gwynn was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Gwynn — who was on leave as head baseball coach at his alma mater San Diego State University when he died — belted 3,141 hits in his 20-year Padre career. He had a .338 career batting average and was a 15-time All Star.

Gwynn, whose playing career ended in 2001, won seven Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards. His eight batting titles tied for second- most in Major League Baseball history.

The Padres — the only Major League team for which he played — retired his number in 2004.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.