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Public memorial for Tony Gwynn set for next Thursday

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Padres will hold a public memorial next week for Hall of Fame baseball legend Tony Gwynn, who died of cancer Monday at the age of 54.

Wednesday night's game against the Seattle Mariners is the first at Petco Park since the death of the eight-time National League batting champion.

Wednesday evening, the Padres announced plans for the free public memorial to the beloved right-fielder. It will take place at Petco Park beginning at 7:19 p.m. on June 26, according to the team.

As part of Wednesday night's pregame events, Mark Martinez, who is set to succeed Gwynn as San Diego State University's head baseball coach, is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Martinez led the Aztecs during the second half of the college season while Gwynn was on medical leave.

The Padres urged fans to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. for the ceremony, which is expected to include a video tribute. Those unable to attend can view streaming video online at

Hundreds of mourners have streamed to the park beyond the outfield fence the past two days to pay their respects at Gwynn's bronze statue, leaving behind flowers, notes, photos and memorabilia.

The homestand that begins tonight features two games against Seattle and three against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Separately, Mayor Kevin Faulconer encouraged San Diegans to wear Padres gear Thursday in honor of Gwynn. The date, June 19, matches his uniform number.

"Tony Gwynn is a true San Diego icon," Faulconer said. "As San Diegans continue to mourn the loss of a Hall of Famer on and off the field, I encourage all of San Diego to pay tribute to Number 19 on the 19th."

Faulconer issued a notice to city employees, asking them to wear Tony Gwynn gear, Padres attire or something with the team's logo or colors.

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