San Diego Padres icon Tony Gwynn will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame, the governor’s office announced on Monday.
Gwynn joins a group of notable Californians being honored: Former California First Lady Maria Shriver, Hollywood actor Harrison Ford, actor and activist George Takei, author Isabel Allende, social justice advocate Corita Kent and former U.S. Secretary of Defense and nuclear deterrence expert William Perry.
The governor’s office said in a news release that those inducted have “made remarkable achievements in science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, literature, technology, activism and politics.”
The inductees will be celebrated at a ceremony on Nov. 30 at the California Museum in Sacramento.
Gwynn, considered one of the greatest Major League Baseball hitters of all time, spent all of his career with the Padres.
A native of the Los Angeles area, he attended San Diego State University before joining the Padres, and upon his retirement, he resided in Poway.
He died in June 2014 at the age of 54 from salivary gland cancer.