SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Padres are honoring Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn with a memorial at Petco Park.
The ceremony Thursday night is being attended by MLB dignitaries, former teammates and approximately 20,000 fans.
Gwynn died June 16 from oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco.
He was 54.
The 15-time All Star spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres, amassing 3,141 hits and winning eight NL batting titles.
A two-sport star at San Diego State, Gwynn never hid his affection for San Diego and the Padres, embracing his nickname, ''Mr. Padre'' and declining to leave the team as a free agent on numerous occasions.
After retiring from the Padres following the 2001 season, Gwynn became SDSU's baseball coach.
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