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Hall of Fame Outfielder Dies at age 54

Poway Plans to Honor Tony Gwynn



    A tribute planned for the late Tony Gwynn is one step closer to reality in the city of Poway.

    Residents gathered at a city council meeting Tuesday night to talk about how to best memorialize the former San Diego Padres great and San Diego State University coach.

    Gwynn, 54, died on June 16 after a long battle with cancer of the salivary gland.

    Finding the right way to honor the baseball legend is particularly important for Poway residents because Tony Gwynn lived in Poway and was especially active in the community here.

    A city survey went out and most of the participants responded by saying the city should rename some of its ball fields in honor of Gwynn.

    City leaders want to at least put some sort of large memorial plaque near the ball field at Lake Poway.

    Lake Poway, along with being one of the more scenic and serene spots here in the north county, is also very close to the Gwynn family home.

    The Poway News Chieftain reports that city officials are also investigating the possibility of renaming a section of Ted Williams Parkway in honor of Gwynn.

    Gwynn played his entire 20-year career with the San Diego Padres and earned the nickname Mr. Padre. To locals, he was also known to local as “Mr. Poway.”

    There are several little roadside tributes and signs in the city remembering Tony Gwynn.

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