I-15 FREEWAY SECTION DEDICATED TO BASEBALL SUPERSTAR TONY GWYNN

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East County News Service

October 21, 2015 (San Diego) - A stretch of Interstate 15 through Poway has been renamed in honor of Tony Gwynn, the former San Diego Padres Hall of Famer who died of cancer in 2007.

Signs dedicating a three-mile section of freeway to Gwynn, a former Poway resident, went up this week between Scripps Poway Parkway and Camino Del Norte.

Gwynn spent 20 years with the Padres and later served as head coach at San Diego State University.

Gwynn played for the Padres for 20 seasons and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. After his playing career, he became the head coach at his alma mater, San Diego State University.

His son, Tony Gwynn, Jr., also a professional baseball player, was on hand for the dedication, Times of San Diego reports. He stated, “ “It brings back memories of me and my dad going to the baseball field and coming back home.”

The City of Poway is also considering building a monument at Lake Poway Park to honor Gwynn’s enduring legacy.