Gwynn, who tied the National League record with eight batting
championships during his 20-year career -- all with the Padres --
retired with a .338 batting average. He had 3,141 hits, 135 homers,
1,138 RBIss and 319 stolen bases in 2,440 games from 1982-2001.
Gwynn is eligible for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in
His No. 19 joins the numbers of Dave Winfield, Randy Jones and
Steve Garvey, which were previously retired by the team.
"I wasn't as talented as some of these guys here," Gwynn told
the crowd at Petco Park. "I knew I had to work. So I rolled up my
sleeves and got to work. You saw me play for 20 years, and now
here's my number."
Gwynn, a 15-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner,
became the 22nd player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits
on Aug. 6, 1999, at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
Gwynn was joined on the field by his mother, his wife and his
daughter, Anisha, a recording artist who sang the national anthem.
His brother, Chris, who also played major-league baseball, watched
the ceremonies from the stands.
Former teammates Kurt Bevacqua, Tim Flannery, Andy Ashby,
Sterling Hitchcock and current Padres closer Trevor Hoffman
presented Gwynn with framed jerseys from the 1984 and '98 teams
that played in the World Series.
Gwynn also received a new luxury car from Padres owner John
The Padres inducted Gwynn into the team's hall of fame in 2002.
He's currently head baseball coach at San Diego State University,
his alma mater, and does commentary for ESPN baseball broadcasts.