EAST MEADOW – The BEML said a sad goodbye this week to one of the BEML’s all-time greatest hitters, Tony Gwynn. Gwynn passed away while surrounded by family and by the owners of several BEML teams, including Legion of Doom and the Craydawgs, with whom he spent the bulk of his BEML career (1993-2001).
Craydawgs’ ownership would not confirm the rumor that Gwynn’s last words were to the Craydawgs’ owner and involved a plea to “win it for Gwynnie.”
Gwynn spent several years toiling in Major League Baseball before joining the BEML for its inaugural 1993 season. He quickly established himself as the league’s dominant hitter for average and featured prominently in the 1994 championship run by Team Bill (Legion of Doom), hitting for an all-time BEML record .394 batting average that year. After spending the formative years of his BEML career with Legion of Doom, Gwynn was traded during the 1996 season to the Craydawgs. Gwynn stayed with the Dawgs through the 1998 season, and enjoyed his finest year in ’97, hitting .372 with 17 homers, 119 RBI and 12 steals. Gwynn’s production tapered off after ’99, and he spent his final year (2001) riding the pine for the Craydawgs.
Gwynn led the BEML in hitting in ’94, ’95 and ’97 and will likely forever hold the BEML career batting average record – an incredible .359 over 3,277 career at-bats.
At Gwynn’s request, his cremated remains will be spread around the home plates of every BEML ballpark this week in special memorial ceremonies.