Gwynn was a member of the Padres' first three division championship teams (1984, 1996, and 1998), and he was selected an All-Star 15 times. His numerous achievements included eight National League batting titles and five Gold Glove Awards.
"Mr. Padre," whose No. 19 is retired by the Padres, gave baseball fans a lot more than 19 good reasons why he deserves to go into the Hall of Fame. He provided a number of milestones throughout his career that will live on in many people's minds, especially those moments when he was inside the batter's box. Here are but a few Gwynn moments in his prolific career:
July 19, 1982 -- The kid who played for the San Diego State Aztecs was now making his debut with the Padres. In his first big league game against the Phillies, he hit a double and a single.
Aug. 21-Sept. 18, 1983 -- Gwynn established a then-franchise record when he hit in 25 consecutive games. It is currently the third-longest streak among all Padres players.
Sept. 30, 1984 -- Gwynn notched his first National League batting title with a .351 average, winning the title by 30 points.
Oct. 9, 1984 -- The Padres made their first trip to the World Series, and Gwynn went 7-for-19 with three doubles and three RBIs in the NLCS to help get them there.
April 22, 1988 -- The Padres were playing against the Houston Astros when Gwynn notched his 1,000th career hit in the first inning with a single off soon-to-be fellow Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.
Sept. 17, 1988 -- Gwynn surpassed Dave Winfield's franchise hits record with hit No. 1,135.
Oct. 1, 1989 -- In a series in which the Giants clinched the NL West title over the Padres, Gwynn edged out Will Clark for his third straight batting title, and fourth overall, with a 3-for-4 performance that left him at .336 to Clark's .333.
Aug. 6, 1993 -- Gwynn collected his 2,000th career hit off Rockies pitcher Bruce Ruffin -- a single in the sixth inning.
July 12, 1994 -- Playing all 10 innings, Gwynn scored the winning run for the National League in the All-Star Game, sliding home and popping up to be mobbed by his teammates in an 8-7 NL victory.
Aug. 12, 1994 -- Batting .394 when a labor stoppage halted the season, Gwynn made a serious run at becoming the first player since Ted Williams in 1941 to hit .400.
Sept. 28, 1996 -- Gwynn's two-run single off the Dodgers cemented the Padres' spot in the postseason.
Sept. 29, 1996 -- Gwynn's brother, Chris, provided Gwynn with his "biggest thrill." Chris Gwynn was pinch-hitting for the Padres in the 11th inning of the series finale against the Dodgers when he hit a two-run double. It locked up the NL West title for San Diego.
June 7, 1997 -- Gwynn can not only hit anywhere inside the park, but also out of it. He recorded his 100th career home run, in a game against the Astros, en route to a career-high 17 homers that year.
Sept. 24, 1997 -- Gwynn collected a franchise-record 220 hits for a single season, claiming the last of his National League-record eight batting titles.
Oct. 17, 1998 -- Playing in his second World Series, Gwynn deposits a David Wells pitch into the upper deck in right field to give the Padres the lead in Game 1.
Aug. 6, 1999 -- Gwynn singled off Expos pitcher Dan Smith in the first inning at Olympic Stadium, joining the illustrious 3,000-hit club.
Oct. 6, 2001 -- Gwynn gets his final career hit, No. 3,141. He ranks 18th among all players, past and present, with his mark.
Oct. 7, 2001 -- Gwynn puts on his No. 19 uniform one last time against the Rockies to end his 20-year Major League career.
Sept. 4, 2004 -- Gwynn's No. 19 is retired at PETCO Park.