Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies of cancer at 54

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The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame says San Diego Padres great Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54.

Gwynn said his use of smokeless tobacco caused a malignant tumor in his cheek. He underwent extensive surgeries to have growths removed.

Gwynn, who played from 1982 to 2001 for the Padres, had eight batting titles in his career - tied for the second most in MLB history. He won numerous awards, including five Gold Gloves and seven Silver Sluggers, and he made All-Star 18 times.