ADDENDUM: Jersey was removed from frame for shipping purposes.
Like so many of the greatest athletes, Tony Gwynn excelled in sports other than his chosen profession, and in his case it was basketball that had vied for his affection during a standout collegiate tenure at San Diego State. At the very same school where he would ultimately become the head coach of the baseball program before heading to the major leagues and a 2007 enshrinement in Cooperstown, Gwynn had been a hardcourt sensation. In addition to playing three years of baseball, Gwynn was also a point guard for the Aztec basketball squad for four seasons and was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference team on two occasions. He remains the only athlete in WAC history to be honored as an all-conference performer in two sports. Still one of SDSU's all-time greats at his position, Gwynn tied the school record for assists in a game with 18 against UNLV on Feb. 3, 1980. He also still holds the Aztec records for assists in a season (221) and career (590), and averaged 5.5 per game during his career. His mark of 8.2 assists/game during the 1979-80 campaign is the best ever for an Aztec. One of Gwynn's legendary feats came during his final season at San Diego State. On Saturday, March 7, 1981, he concluded the basketball season with a 16-point, 16-assist performance at home against New Mexico.
This wonderful uniform from the Gwynn family is a fitting tribute to that extraordinary talent that captivated San Diego State fans. The jersey is in simply superb condition, sporting a "Spanjan" Size 44 tag on the front tail and brisk brown-and-red screened letter of "Aztecs" on the front and his No. 24 on both sides. Jersey and shorts show game use but remain in sensational original condition. The shorts have a Size 34 waistband tag and a heavily worn wash tag beneath. In addition, there are handwritten markings on either side of the waistband, with one reading "42" and the other illegible. This is an incredibly unique artifact from a beloved MLB figure who also had some chops in a competing arena.
Includes a Letter of Authenticity from the Gwynn family.
A portion of the proceeds generated by the Tony Gwynn Collection will be donated to the Tony and Alicia Gwynn (TAG) Foundation, a non-profit, 5013(c) charity dedicated to creating and supporting programs that enhance opportunities for youth to become healthy, educated, and productive citizens. The TAG Foundation was organized in San Diego in 1995 by Tony’s wife, Alicia. For more information, visit www.tagwynn2.org.