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San Diego State to wear helmet decal to honor Tony Gwynn (Photo)

San Diego State is wearing a helmet decal Saturday to honor baseball legend Tony Gwynn, who died of cancer this summer.

Gwynn played basketball and baseball at San Diego State before he played for the San Diego Padres for 20 years. After he retired from the Padres, he was the baseball coach at San Diego State for 12 years. Gwynn was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 and finished with a career .338 batting average and 3.141 hits.

Gwynn was first diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland in 2010. After numerous cancer treatments, he died on June 16. If you're not incredibly familiar with Gwynn's career, this post by Mike Oz at Big League Stew is required reading.

San Diego State starts its season against Northern Arizona.

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