CONGRATULATING TONY GWYNN ON HIS INDUCTION INTO THE NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
Mrs. Boxer: Mr. President, I ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating Tony Gwynn on his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 29, 2007. During an illustrious 20-year career spent entirely with the San Diego Padres, Tony Gwynn was a consummate sportsman whose excellence at the plate earned him the recognition as one of the greatest hitters in the game’s long and storied history.
A native Californian, Tony Gwynn was a standout student-athlete at San Diego State University, where he excelled on the school’s baseball and basketball teams. Tony remains the only athlete in Western Athletic Conference history to be recognized as an all-conference performer in two sports. His talents on the baseball diamond and the basketball court would lead to his selection by the San Diego Padres and the National Basketball Association’s San Diego Clippers on the same day in 1981.