Tony Gwynn (sculpture)

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Tony Gwynn
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The statue in 2014
ArtistWilliam Behrends
Year2007 (2007)
Medium Bronze sculpture
Subject Tony Gwynn
Location San Diego, California, U.S.
Coordinates 32°42′32″N117°09′24″W / 32.70876°N 117.15665°W / 32.70876; -117.15665 Coordinates: 32°42′32″N117°09′24″W / 32.70876°N 117.15665°W / 32.70876; -117.15665

Tony Gwynn is a bronze sculpture by William Behrends depicting the professional baseball player of the same name, installed outside San Diego's Petco Park, in the U.S. state of California.

Bronze sculpture sculpture cast in bronze

Bronze is the most popular metal for cast metal sculptures; a cast bronze sculpture is often called simply a "bronze". It can be used for statues, singly or in groups, reliefs, and small statuettes and figurines, as well as bronze elements to be fitted to other objects such as furniture. It is often gilded to give gilt-bronze or ormolu.

Tony Gwynn American professional baseball right fielder; 1960-2014

Anthony Keith Gwynn Sr., nicknamed "Mr. Padre", was an American professional baseball right fielder, who played 20 seasons (1982–2001) in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres. The left-handed hitting Gwynn won eight batting titles in his career, tied for the most in National League (NL) history. He is considered one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history. Gwynn had a .338 career batting average, never hitting below .309 in any full season. He was a 15-time All-Star, recognized for his skills both on offense and defense with seven Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards. Gwynn was the rare player in his era that stayed with a single team his entire career, and he played in the only two World Series appearances in San Diego's franchise history. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, his first year of eligibility.

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The bronze statue is 9.5 feet tall. An inscription on the front of the statue's base reads, "Tony Gwynn, Mr. Padre". The reverse side of the base has an inscription by Gwynn's father: "If you work hard, good things will happen." [1]


The sculpture was installed in 2007. [2]

Fans gathered at the sculpture to pay tribute to Gwynn, following his death in 2014. [3]

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  1. "Tony Gwynn statue coming". Petco Park Insider. 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  2. "Gwynn 'thrilled to death' with statue at Petco Park". ESPN. 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  3. Laws, Will (2016-01-20). "Fans pay tribute to Tony Gwynn at Petco Park statue". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-05-13.