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gwynn_tribute_140623bSAN DIEGO – On behalf of the Gwynn family, the San Diego Padres today announced that a free, public memorial tribute to Tony Gwynn will be held on Thursday, June 26 at 7:19 p.m. at Petco Park. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Fans may enter through the Home Plate or Park Boulevard gates on Park Blvd., as well as the Gaslamp Gate on 7th Ave. or the East Village gate on 10th Ave.

The event will celebrate Tony’s legendary life, accomplishments, and contributions to the Padres, to San Diego, and to the sport of baseball. It will feature special guests from throughout his lifetime.  Free parking will be provided in three locations: two surface lots along Imperial Avenue (Parcel C lot and Tailgate lot) on the southeast side of Petco Park, and the Padres Parkade garage (10th Ave at J St).

Tonight, the Padres will remember Tony prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the Seattle Mariners. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. for a brief tribute during the pregame ceremony. Also tonight, Padres players will begin wearing a patch on their jerseys in honor of Tony, and will do so for the remainder of the season. The patch of Tony’s retired 19 inside of home plate will be worn on the left side, over the heart. It joins the star patch with the initials JC, worn on the right sleeve, in honor of legendary broadcaster Jerry Coleman, who passed away in January at the age of 89.

As a reminder, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is encouraging City employees and all San Diegans to wear Tony Gwynn gear or Padres attire tomorrow, Thursday, June 19, in honor of #19.
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Tony Gwynn: May 9, 1960 – June 16, 2014

Today, The Mighty 1090 and the San Diego Community are sad to announce the passing of Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn.  As a tribute to Tony’s memory and his legacy as a proud San Diegan, The Mighty 1090 will conduct a special memorial broadcast today from now until noon. Please join us to hear from Tony’s friends, teammates and fans. Share your memories with San Diego at 877-792-1090.  We will post audio and updates on this page.

Statement from The Mighty 1090

On behalf of The Mighty 1090 and BCA Radio, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and fans of Tony Gwynn.
Tony’s passing leaves a huge void in the hearts of all of us at The Mighty 1090 – many of us were lucky enough to know Tony as a friend.
Tony’s legacy as the most beloved, accomplished sports figure in San Diego history will most certainly live on. But perhaps his most important legacy is that of a Man, Husband, Father, Teacher and Leader.
His talent was boundless, but so was his commitment to baseball, San Diego and his many fans here and around the world.

We will miss you, Tony – but we’ll never forget you.

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Dan Sileo:

Mark Sweeney
Analyst for Fox Sports San Diego, Mark Sweeney discusses what he loved about Tony Gwynn

Bob Nightengale
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reminisces about Tony Gwynn and what made him special.

Mark Grant
Mark Grant of Fox Sports San Diego explains why he had the best job in the world.

Tom Telesco
The Chargers GM talks Tony Gwynn and minicamp.

Darren Smith:

Buster Olney
Buster Olney on what made Tony Gwynn so great, his bond with fans and his love of hitting and talking

Dave Campbell
Former Padres broadcaster Dave Campbell on what stood out about Tony Gwynn early in his career and what he wants his legacy to be.

Kevin Towers
Former Padres GM Kevin Towers shared his memories of the great Tony Gwynn and what made him so special

Darren Smith Show 6/16 12pm
The Darren Smith Show mourns the loss of Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn. Trevor Hoffman joins the show to talk about #19

Trevor Hoffman
Trevor Hoffman reflected on the life and legend of his teammate, the great Tony Gwynn

Coach Kentera:

John Maffei
From the San Diego UT, John Maffei on what made Tony Gwynn special.

Scott Miller
Scott Miller of ESPN on the death of the Padres Legend.

Kevin Faulconer
The Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer, on the impact of Tony Gwynn.

John Moores
John Moores, the former owner of the Padres, remembers when he first met Tony Gwynn.

Trevor Hoffman
Trevor Hoffman reflected on the life and legend of his teammate, the great Tony Gwynn

Scott and BR
The normal afternoon guys discuss the passing of the Legendary Tony Gwynn.

Larry Lucchino
The former CEO of the Padres reflects on his experiences with Tony Gwynn.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      Monday, June 16, 2014

          “The San Diego Padres are deeply saddened by the news today of the passing of Tony Gwynn. There are no words to express what Tony means to this organization and this community. More than just Mr. Padre, Tony was Mr. San Diego. He cared deeply about our city and had a profound impact on our community. He forever will be remembered not only for his tremendous on-field accomplishments, but also for his infectious laugh, warm, outgoing personality and huge heart. On behalf of Padres fans everywhere, we mourn the loss of a friend, a teammate and a legend. We send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the entire Gwynn family, including his wife, Alicia, his children, Tony Jr. and Anisha, and his grandchildren.”

Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler added, “Today, we mourn the loss of a man who shared our great pride in this city and who made us all proud to be San Diegans. For more than a generation, the only thing more dependable in San Diego than sunshine was Tony Gwynn. No player ever has or ever will put on a Padres jersey without feeling the spirit and passion of #19.”

Padres Lead Investor Peter Seidler said, “Tony was not only one of the greatest hitters the sport has ever seen, but also one of the greatest men to ever play the game. As a player who committed his entire career to one team and led the Padres to two National League pennants, Tony was admired and respected by all fans of the game. His smile will be forever etched in our hearts.”

The Padres announce that the Tony Gwynn statue at the Park at the Park will remain open until 11:30 p.m. tonight and Tuesday for fans who would like to pay their respects. Fans may enter through the East Village Gate at Petco Park.

Statement from Chargers President Dean Spanos on the passing of Tony Gwynn:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Tony Gwynn. We all lost someone very special today. Tony was an icon and one of San Diego’s greatest sports legends. He was beloved by so many for his passion for life, his generosity and, of course, his laugh. I will always remember his laugh. He represented the Padres, San Diego and Major League Baseball to the highest standard. He impacted so many people, both on and off the field. This is a tremendous loss. I extend my deepest condolences to Alicia and the entire Gwynn family.”

Out of respect for the passing of Tony Gwynn, the Chargers have cancelled today’s “Thank You San Diego” campaign.

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