Tony Gwynn (1960-2014)



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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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2 Responses to Tony Gwynn (1960-2014)

  1. Lee Schreiber says:

    Did you know that Tony Gwynn played point guard for the San Diego State basketball team ? I watched him play baseball versus UTEP in early 1980’s when he hit two long home runs to centerfield as a skinny ball player.

    • markweiss86 says:

      Which makes me of course want to ring up ol’ Kent Lockhart and see what he recalls about covering Tony Gwynn. I have on file, apropos of the 25th year of our high school championship season ceremony, a long letter from Kent detailing a lot of his story — he could not fly up from Oz to join us –doesn’t fly much, or ever. I recall it saying he preferred “gridiron” what they know and he too after 20 years down under call our football as a 6th grader but when the 7-ies beat the 8ths at Wilbur, he knew his future was hoops. I think he did play some baseball for Cubberley (which merged with our Gunn High after his sophomore year) as well as hoops.

      What a class act Gwynn was. I like the fact that he played all for one team, and grew up there, and coached there — and was so gracious towards Ted Williams –also a SD guy — towards the end of his life.

      Thanks for writing, Lee. I was sitting in a sports bar, the Old Pro in Palo Alto, watching soccer when the internet tipped me off about poor Tony and I immediately posted something and showed my post to my server, Anais. And ten minutes later, or when the game ended, ESPN did a tribute to TG but I felt, as a former sports writer, that I Plastic Alto had scooped ESPN…

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