Wow is right. Gwynn was a very fun hitter to watch. Nice quote in the NYT obit from a former Padres hitting coach: "He’ll get some funky hits and then he’ll hit a line drive that you could hang three weeks’ wash on."
Video of Gwynn's 3000th hit (his mother, whose 64th birthday it was, shows up on the field at the 52 second mark):
Is chewing tobacco that much worse than smoking it? Just the other day I was wasting some time on b-r.com looking up one of my prog players, Fred Brickell, There was a link to his son, Fritz, who I'd never heard of. I clicked on it and came to a page featuring a headshot of a very 1950s looking young man with a huge chaw of tobacky bulging in his cheek. His bio info stated that he died at 30. I looked him up on Wikipedia and sure enough:
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