It’s Tony Gwynn Day for the Rocky Mountain Showdown
#22 multi-sport athlete.
Tony Gwynn had a career batting average of .415 against Greg Maddux. That's easily the highest of any major-leaguer with at least 70 plate appearances.
But the Hall of Fame hitter's sports career wasn't always a slam dunk (so to speak) to end up in baseball.
He went to San Diego State on a basketball scholarship and didn't even play baseball there until his sophomore season.
Gwynn still holds the career basketball record for assists at SDSU, where he was a three-year starter at point guard. He once had 18 assists in a game. He also averaged 11 points during his junior season, with an excellent outside touch. I saw Gwynn play against CSU at Moby Gym -- and had no idea at the time he was also a standout baseball player -- and remember to this day how good a basketball player he was. If they had the 3-pointer when Gwynn played, or if he just shot more often instead of dishing most of the time, he would have scored a lot more often than he did.
And yes, he was a bit skinnier in his college days than during his heyday as a baseball player.
Gwynn certainly made the right career choice, of course. He was drafted by two San Diego professional teams on the same day, going in the third (!) round to the Padres and in the 10th to the Clippers on June 10, 1981. A total of 3,141 hits and a career average of .338 documented his greatness. Gwynn won eight NL batting titles, including in 1994, when he hit .394, coming just a few knocks short of becoming the first player since Ted Williams 53 years earlier to hit .400.
On deck: NFL? No thanks.
[Post edited by BuffsIn2019 at 08/08/2019 12:04AM]