Tuesday, April 15, 2008
#360 Tony Gwynn
Why this card is awesome: Because this card is a great shot of how Gwynn used to hold the bat. He did the opposite of choke up, rather puttign his hands as far down the end of the bat as possible. I believe he even wrapped his bottom pinky around the edge of the knob. Oh, and I love the italics on the back of the card.
Cool stat: Gwynn was simply an awesome player. You can read all kinds of things about his great career in other places. But here's a nice one for you: over the course of his career from 1982 to 2001, Gwynn had 7 seasons in which he had enough PA to qualify for the batting title (502) but struck out 23 or fewer times. Over that same period, everybody else in baseball did it only 6 times.
Gwynn is in my top 5 of all-time favorite players.
Hall of Fame count: 24