» June 8, 1981: The Seattle Mariners take Oral Roberts University righthander Mike Moore with the first pick overall in the annual amateur draft. The Cubs take Wichita State's Joe Carter with the 2nd pick while the Angels take Dick Schofield, son of a former major leaguer, with the 3rd pick. The Mets take Terry Blocker with the 4th and Toronto takes Matt Williams with the #5. San Diego selects Kevin McReynolds with #6 and use their 3rd round pick to take San Diego State outfielder Tony Gwynn. Later in the day the San Diego Clippers will select Gwynn in the 10th round of the NBA draft. The Yankees use their first round pick to take Stanford QB John Elway while the Ranger pick Yale's Ron Darling with #9. Darling is the 4th Ivy Leaguer to be picked in the 1st round. The Braves fare worst in the draft as their #1 pick Jay Roberts will never hit above .208 in the minors, and no other picks make it to the bigs.
» August 25, 1982: In a 7–6 loss to Pittsburgh, San Diego outfielder Tony Gwynn breaks his wrist diving for a fly ball. Gwynn, hitting .271, will be out for three weeks. He'll return September 13th, hit .348 for the rest of the year, but will fall short of the .300 mark for the only time in his career.
» July 26, 1984: San Diego's Tony Gwynn goes 3-for-4 in an 8–2 win over Cincinnati to raise his batting average to .362, best in the majors. Gwynn will finish the season at .351 to win his first National League batting title.
» April 14, 1985: At Atlanta, the Braves defeat the Padres 3-1 behind Rick Mahler and 2B Glenn Hubbard, who as a ML-record tying 12 assists. Second base also sees action on the Pads side as Tony Gwynn throws out two runners there. LaMarr Hoyt gives up the three Braves runs in four innings of work. In six days, on April 20, Juan Samuel, second sacker of the Phillies will be the next to match the 12 assists in a 7-6 Philadelphia win over the New York Mets. Monte Ward, for Brooklyn in 1892, was the first to make 12 assists.
» April 26, 1985: The Dodgers Orel Hershiser pitches his 2nd consecutive shutout, a 2–0 one-hitter against the Padres. San Diego's lone hit is Tony Gwynn's 4th-inning single.
» July 6, 1985: At Pittsburgh, a 2-out single by Marvell Wynne plates the winning run as the Pirates sink the Padres, 8–7. Steve Kemp homers for Pittsburgh, and would've added a single but is thrown out at 1B in the 7th by RF Tony Gwynn in a 9–3 putout.
» September 20, 1986: San Diego's Tony Gwynn steals five bases in a 10–6 loss to the Astros, tying the modern National League record for steals in one game.
» April 13, 1987: San Diego sets a major-league record when its first three batters of the game -- Marvell Wynne, Tony Gwynn, and John Kruk -- all homer off the Giants Roger Mason. But the Giants come back to win 13–6.
» June 27, 1987: Tony Gwynn goes 3-for-4 in San Diego's 8–4 win over Atlanta to raise his batting average to .387. Gwynn will finish the season at .370 to win his 2nd National League batting title.
» June 6, 1988:
The Reds Tom Browning has a perfect no-hitter against the Padres for 8 1/3 innings before allowing a single to Tony Gwynn. Gwynn hits a 3–0 pitch from Browning, who finishes with an easy 12–0 one-hitter.
» October 1, 1989: Minnesota's Kirby Puckett and San Diego's Tony Gwynn each win batting titles on the final day of the regular season. Puckett goes 2-for-5 to edge Carney Lansford .339 to .336, while Gwynn goes 3-for-4 to beat Will Clark .336 to .333.
» September 18, 1991:
San Diego's Tony Gwynn undergoes arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee. Gwynn has missed 11 of the Padres' last 17 games. He has just four hits in his last 27 at bats and has fallen behind Hal Morris in the batting race.
» May 18, 1992: San Diego P Bruce Hurst hurls a one-hit shutout over the Mets, defeating Dwight Gooden by a score of 3–0. The only hit is a single by the recently acquired Chico Walker. Hurst does it without Tony Gwynn, who breaks the tip of his right middle finger by slamming it in the door of his Porsche on the way to the bank. Gwynn is hitting .369.
» July 27, 1993:
The Padres blank the Cubs, 8-0, as SD OF Tony Gwynn knocks five hits in a game for the 3rd time this season.
» August 4, 1993: OF Tony Gwynn of the Padres gets six hits in SD's 11-10 win over the Giants. It is the 4th time this season he has five or more hits in a game, tying a major league record set by Wee Willie Keeler in 1897, and equaled by Ty Cobb and Stan Musial.
» September 12, 1993:
Tony Gwynn, who hasn't played since September 5, undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery. Gwynn's average is a league leading .358.
» September 21, 1993:
The Rockies win their 63rd game of the year, beating the Padres, 15–4. Colorado (63-90) is now slightly ahead of the expansion Marlins (62-89). Andres Galarraga is 4-for-6 to raise his average to .381 but must get 502 plate appearances to beat the idle Tony Gwynn for the battling title.
» April 23, 1994: Padres' OF Tony Gwynn gets five hits, including a double and home run, in San Diego's 8-2 win over Philadelphia.
» September 16, 1995: San Diego beats the Cubs, 12–4, as Sammy Sosa and Ken Caminiti each pound a pair of homers. Caminiti collects one from each side of the plate. Tony Gwynn (.367) has three ribbies going 3-for-5.
» April 14, 1996: John Smoltz loses his no-hit bid when Tony Gwynn hits a one-out fly ball in the 7th that pops out of Ryan Klesko's mitt just before he hits the fence. The hit is ruled a double. Smoltz K's 13 and allows the one hit before giving way to Mark Wohlers in the 9th as the Braves top the Padres, 4–0.
» July 2, 1996:
An MRI on Tony Gwynn shows fraying of the tendon in his right heel. The Padres star will be out for at least four weeks and miss the All-star game.
» August 16, 1996: San Diego OF Steve Finley homers in the Padres game against the Mets in Monterrey, Mexico. By doing so, he becomes the 1st major league player to have homered in three different countries, having previously hit four-baggers in the US and Canada. The Padres win the 1st regular season game to be played outside of the US or Canada, 15–10, belting four homers. Leadoff batter Tony Gwynn is 3-for-5 and will repeat it tomorrow in the 7–3 loss to the Mets.
» September 4, 1996: In pursuit of his 7th batting title, Tony Gwynn is 4-for-4 in the Padres 2-1 win over the Phils. Gwynn, hitting .352, needs to average nearly five at bats in the final 22 games to qualify for the batting title.
» May 22, 1997:
San Diego P Joey Hamilton homers and Tony Gwynn has three hits off Hideo Nomo as the San Diego Padres top the Dodgers, 4-1. It is the Pads' seventh straight win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gwynn, whose wife, Alicia, is being sued by Nomo, goes 3-for-4 to raise his average to .387. Nomo sued Alicia Gwynn last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming the unauthorized use of his name and picture in a jigsaw puzzle.
» June 30, 1997:
At Oakland, Tony Gwynn, Chris Jones and Greg Vaughn all hit three-run home runs as San Diego pounds Oakland, 15–6. Gwynn and Vaughn have four RBIs apiece as the Padres bat around twice. 1B Wally Joyner strokes five hits for the Pods.
» July 14, 1997:
In the Padres' 5–3 win over the Giants, Tony Gwynn raises his average to .402 with a single, double and triple, driving in three runs, and extending his hitting streak to 19 games. Rickey Henderson, baseball's career steals leader, swipes his 1,200th base in the sixth.
» July 21, 1997:
At Miami, Wally Joyner is 3-for-4 with two walks, to lead the Padres to a 10–2 gaffing of the Florida Marlins. Joyner singles, doubles, triples, scores twice, and swipes two bases, including home on the back end of a double steal. The Marlins finally turn to John Cangelosi, who becomes the first position player to pitch for the Marlins. The outfielder walks one in a scoreless ninth inning and retires Joyner on a fly ball. Cangelosi also pitched two scoreless innings for Pittsburgh against Los Angeles in 1988 and one scoreless inning for Houston against Chicago in 1995. Tony Gwynn is 1-for-5 and finishes the four-game series 2-for-17, dropping his average to .385.
» September 13, 1997:
In St. Louis, Tony Gwynn reaches 200 hits for the fifth time in his career in the Padres 8–3 win over the Cardinals. Greg Vaughn has a three-run double to lead the attack.
» April 28, 1998:
OF Tony Gwynn leads San Diego to a 7–3 win over the Cubs as he strokes five hits, including a home run, scores three runs, and drives home 2. It is his 9th game of five or more hits (one 6-hit game) placing him 3rd on the all-time list behind Ty Cobb (14) and Rose (10).
» May 8, 1998:
A bit behind McGwire is Andres Galarraga, who clubs his 300th home run in the Braves 3–2 loss to the Padres. Tony Gwynn homers off Tom Glavine.
» August 6, 1999: The Padres defeat the Expos, 12-10, as SD OF Tony Gwynn records the 3000th hit of his big league career. Gwynn goes 4-for-5 to lead the Padres to victory. Quilvio Veras ties a Pads record by scoring four runs.
» August 7, 1999: Just one day after Tony Gwynn reaches the historic milestone, Devil Rays' 3B Wade Boggs also gets the 3000th hit of his career in Tampa Bay's 15-10 loss to Cleveland. Boggs goes 3-for-4 in the contest, reaching the 3000 mark with a 6th inning home run off Chris Haney.
» June 5, 2000:
In the 2000 amateur draft, the Marlins use the #1 pick on San Diego prep 1B Adrian Gonzales, who will sign for $3 million. The Cubs, picking 3rd, take Miami HS shortstop Luis Montanez. In between the two preps, the Twins take righty Adam Johnson from Cal State-Fullerton. he Expos pick Stanford's Justin Wayne with the 5th, while the Devil Rays go the prep route taking Rocco Baldelli with the 6th selection. The Rockies, picking 7th select prep fireballer Matt Harrington. Picking 12th, the White Sox take Stanford QB Joe Borchard, who will sign for $5.3 million, the highest bonus in the draft, and give up football. The Expos sign Borchard's Stanford teammate Justin Wayne, the #5 pick, for $2.5 million. The Giants take P Boof Bonzer in the first round: Bonzer will tube this year go 13–3 in the minors next year. Other picks on the low rounds are Anthony Gwynn, son of Tony Gwynn, by the Braves and Virginia Tech star QB Michael Vick, by the Rockies.
» April 2, 2001:
The Giants Livan Hernandez beats the Padres, 3–2, with relief help from Robb Nen, who K's the side in the 9th. Barry Bonds homers for the Giants. Tony Gwynn's 8th inning RBI-single is his 3,110th hit, tying him with Dave Winfield. With his start today, Gwynn becomes the 5th player in NL history to spend 20+ years while playing his entire career with one team. The others are: Cap Anson: 1871-97 Cubs (5 years in the NA); Mel Ott: 1926-47 Giants; Stan Musial: 1941-44, 1946-63 Cardinals; Willie Stargell: 1962-82 Pirates.
» June 28, 2001:
The Padres announce that OF Tony Gwynn will retire following the end of the season.
» October 7, 2001: Rickey Henderson gets the 3,000th hit of his career, a leadoff bloop double, as the Padres lose to the Rockies, 14-5. Ricky then leaves the game. The game is the final one of Tony Gwynn's career. Gwynn pinch hits in the 9th and grounds out, then walks around the field shaking hands with hometown fans. Larry Walker, who sits, wins his third NL batting title in three years at .350. Walker and Rockies teammate Todd Helton (.336) become the first teammates to finish 1-2 since John Olerud (.363), Paul Molitor (.332) and Roberto Alomar (.326) were the top three for Toronto in 1993.