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Tony Gwynn Memorial Statue Arrives in Poway After 1,350-Mile Journey

Tuesday would have been Tony Gwynn's 57th birthday.

A statue memorializing Padre-great Tony Gwynn has arrived at its new home in Poway. 

The highly-anticipated birthday present for Mr. Padre completed its 1,350-mile journey to Poway on Monday morning, a day ahead of Gwynn's 57th birthday. 

See clips of Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn in this file video from the NBC 7 archives.

The 11-foot bronze statue dedicated to the baseball icon will be erected at Lake Poway Park on Tuesday, May 9. Lake Poway will be closed Monday as the CIty installs the statue and prepares for the dedication and unveiling on Tuesday. 

Gwynn’s likeness-- uniform on, waving his cap with his daughter, Anisha, on his hip-- will forever stand overlooking the baseball field at the park surrounded by donor wall recognizing those who helped the gift become a reality.

Seth Vandable, the statue designer, is traveling along with it and will oversee its installation at the park. Vandable said the most remarkable part of the design process was the amount of attention paid to the details.


Poway broke ground on the statue site last July. Gwynn’s wife Alicia spoke at the ceremony and thanked Poway for always allowing Tony to be “one of the neighbors.”

The public is invited to the statue's unveiling at 10:30 a.m. at Lake Poway.

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