Major League Baseball: Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn succumbs to cancer at 54
Former San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn holds his Hall of Fame plaque following his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York July 29, 2007. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

(Reuters) - Former professional baseball player and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died at the age of 54, Major League Baseball said on Monday.

Gwynn played for the San Diego Padres and was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. He was selected to play in the All-Star Game 15 times and won eight batting titles over his 20-year career, according to his listing in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

"We mourn the passing of Hall of Famer and Padres icon Tony Gwynn," the league said in a tweet.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Eric Beech)