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Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays May 9


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Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays May 9

1960 (51) Tony Gwynn Played 20 seasons for the Major League Baseball Team, San Diego Padres, known here in my adoptive hometown of San Diego as “Mr. Padre”.

Facts You May Not Know About Tony Gwynn:

He is statistically one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history. He played his entire 20-year baseball career for the San Diego Padres (1982–2001).

Gwynn was selected by the Padres in the third round of the 1981 Major League Baseball Draft (the 58th player chosen overall). His uniform number was #19, which the Padres retired in 2004.

At SDSU, Gwynn was not only an acclaimed baseball player, but also a standout point guard on the San Diego State Aztecs men’s basketball team, setting a school record for assists in a season and a career.[3] Gwynn was well known for his excellent court vision and playmaking abilities. The same day the Padres drafted him, Gwynn was also selected by the San Diego Clippers in the 10th round of the National Basketball Association draft, but he elected to play baseball instead.

Gwynn was noted for constantly studying his swing, always looking for ways to improve his hitting.

Gwynn was also a good baserunner in his early years. In 1987, he tied an NL record with five stolen bases in a game, and he had 319 steals in his career. He became proficient with a glove for most of his career, winning five Gold Glove Awards from 1986 to 1991 despite playing much of his career with knee problems. Over time, his left knee became the more troublesome, and Gwynn has had several operations on both to halt the deterioration of the joints.

Gwynn got his 1000th hit on April 22, 1988, in San Diego, against Houston Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan.

In 1994 Gwynn batted .394, the highest batting average in the National League since Bill Terry hit .401 in 1930 and the highest in the majors since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. Had the season not been shortened by a strike, Gwynn would have had the chance to become the first batter to eclipse the magical .400 mark in more than 50 years; of course, several players have hit .400 for four months, only to fade. In the end, Gwynn fell three hits short of the .400 mark in the shortened season.

Gwynn got his 3,000th hit on August 6, 1999, with a single in the first inning off Montreal Expos pitcher Dan Smith. Coincidentally, he got his 2,000th hit, also a single, on August 6, 1993, against Colorado Rockies pitcher Bruce Ruffin. August 6 is also the birthday of Gwynn’s mother.

Gwynn is an eight-time National League batting champion, leading the league in 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997, which ties him with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Honus Wagner for the league record — the all-time Major League batting titles leader is Ty Cobb, who won 12 American League batting titles. He is also a 15-time All-Star, and was voted as a starter by the fans in 11 of the games.

In 1999, while still active as one of baseball’s best hitters, he ranked Number 49 on The Sporting News” list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players.

Gwynn retired in 2001 with 3,141 hits and a lifetime batting average of .338. His career average is the highest among players whose careers began after World War II, and fourth-highest among players whose career was entirely within the live-ball era (only Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, and Bill Terry have higher averages in that time).[4] He played his entire career with one team, a rarity in any era, and is considered by many to be the best player to ever wear a Padres jersey.

1949 (62) Billy Joel Singer/songwriter, boomers remember him when he hit the music scene in 1973, with “Just The Way You Are”

1946 (65) Candice Bergen Edgar Bergen’s daughter, boomers remember her with Burt Reynolds in the 80s movie “Starting Over” and in the tv series “Murphy Brown”

In the category of I can’t believe he is that old:

1940 (71) James L. Brooks Writer, director, producer. He is among an elite group of 7 Directors who have won best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. “Terms of Endearment”, “Broadcast News”, tv series “Mary Tyler Moore” and produces”The Simpsons”

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