Padres to retire Tony Gwynn's number 19

San Diego -- The San Diego Padres will formally retire the No. 19 of "Mr. Padre" Tony Gwynn in a pregame ceremony at PETCO Park on Saturday, September 4. The retirement of No. 19 will be part of three special days commemorating "Mr. Padre Weekend," and will join Dave Winfield's No. 31, Randy Jones' No. 35, Steve Garvey's No. 6 and Jackie Robinson's No. 42 atop the batter's eye in centerfield at PETCO Park.

Tony Gwynn, the greatest player to ever wear a Padres' uniform and one of the best hitters in the history of the sport, played for 20 seasons with San Diego (1982-2001), the most by any single player in club history. Along the way, Gwynn became just the 22nd player in Major League history to collect 3,000 hits when he achieved the feat August 6, 1999 at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Gwynn finished his career with 3,141 hits, the 18th highest total in Major League history, won a National League-record tying eight batting titles and was a member of 15 All-Star teams.

The Padres career offensive leader in virtually every category, Gwynn was a member of all three Padres division championship clubs (1984, 1996 and 1998) as well as a five-time gold glove winner. Gwynn batted over .300 in 19 consecutive seasons (1983-2001) and retired with a career batting average of .338, the 18th best all-time and the highest by any Major Leaguer since Ted Williams (1960).

Gwynn, currently the head baseball coach at his alma mater, San Diego State University and a baseball analyst for ESPN, will be on hand and joined by family, Padres' Owner John Moores, Mayor Dick Murphy, Padres officials and special guests. His daughter, Anisha, a national recording artist whose single "No Means No" debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Singles chart, will sing the National Anthem prior to Saturday's game. Promotional giveaways featured during the weekend include Tony Gwynn collectible figurines (Friday, September 3) presented by Home Depot and The Mighty 1090 and Tony Gwynn mini-bats for kids (Sunday, September 5) presented by the Century 21 Award and the Planet 103.7.

Sitting above the batter's eye in centerfield, the numbers of Winfield, Jones and Garvey were unveiled on August 20, while Robinson's number, universally retired by Major League Baseball, was unveiled on July 3. In their inaugural season at PETCO Park, San Diego is currently in the midst of a pennant race for the first time since the club reached the World Series in 1998. The Padres trail first-place Los Angeles by five games entering tonight's action, but are just two game behind Wild Card-leading Chicago.

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