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 Posted: Wed May 10th, 2017 03:08 am
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Tony Gwynn, the late San Diego Padres icon, was honored Tuesday in his hometown of Poway, Calif., where an 11-foot statue of the affable Hall of Famer was unveiled as part of a memorial ceremony on what would've been his 57th birthday.

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The statue, depicting a smiling Gwynn in a Padres uniform holding his daughter Anisha, was erected in front of the baseball field at Lake Poway, not far from the home he lived in for nearly three decades. Gwynn, who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres, died in 2014 due to complications from oral cancer.

"Tony didn't like a lot of ceremony and didn’t like a lot of praise. He was a very humble person," said John Boggs, Gwynn's longtime friend and agent, according to NBC San Diego. "He would be very touched today and appreciative of this statue ceremony."

Gwynn, a 15-time All-Star and seven-time Silver Slugger award winner, won eight batting titles (career .338 average) while notching 3,141 hits over his two-decade career, and was inducted into Cooperstown in 1997 in his first year on the ballot (97.6 percent of the vote).