San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn wore this batting helmet on September 26th, 1998 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark in the 161st game of the 1998 season. Gwynn hit his 16th homer of the season off Amaury Telemaco as the Diamondbacks knocked off the soon-to-be National League champions with a 3-2 scoreline. Gwynn’s homer was the 123rd of his career and his 2,926th career hit. “Mr. Padre” hit .321 in 1998 as the Padres reached their second World Series, with Gwynn adding 69 RBI, 35 doubles, and 35 walks against only 18 strikeouts for the Friars. Gwynn retired after the 2001 season and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
This offered batting helmet is navy, with a white and orange “SD” logo applied to the front. Gwynn’s number “19” and an “ABC” logo are applied to the back of the helmet. Written on the padding of the size 7 ? helmet is “9/26/98 #2926 vs AZ”. Gwynn has signed the brim of the helmet in silver marker. The helmet comes with a Gwynn LOA, MEARS authentication, and a LOA from PSA/DNA (AE02653).