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Tony Gwynn
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Get up close and personal with one of the most respected, admired and downright likeable players in baseball history. From the playgrounds of Long Beach to the halls of Cooperstown, witness firsthand what goes into the "Making of a Hall of Famer." Tony and his wife Alicia grant MLB.com Originals with unprecedented access, sharing family photos and personal memories, and welcoming us inside their home as they await the "call from the Hall." Ride along with Tony all the way to Cooperstown in this one-hour special -- a must-have for baseball fans everywhere.

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INSIDE PITCH: Behind The Scenes of "The Making of a Hall of Famer"

It’s not often a baseball legend lets you into his home the day he will join the immortals as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but Tony Gwynn is  not your normal superstar, as can be seen in the new documentary, “Tony Gwynn: The Making of a Hall of Famer.” 

“It’s kind of the journey I took from announcement day, January 9, until July 29,” Gwynn told MLB.com’s Harold Reynolds. “It was an interesting journey. People who know me know I’m pretty conservative – I don’t get too excited about too many things, but this trip to Cooperstown was truly amazing. I really can’t describe it, so you’ll have to download it and take a look at all the things that happened along the way.”

The documentary, which runs just under an hour, not only shows exclusive footage of Gwynn getting the momentous phone call that put him among baseball’s elite in 2007, but also covers his remarkable life and career, from his childhood in Los Angeles through his college and professional career in his adopted home of San Diego, where he attended San Diego State University and played for 20 years with the San Diego Padres.

“I felt this project was necessary,” said Tony’s wife, Alicia, who served as one of the producers of the documentary. “I think people know Tony mainly as a ballplayer and what he did on the field and I wanted them to know the great husband, father and friend that he is off the field.”

In doing so, the Gwynns opened up their home and their entire life to the MLB.com production staff, making available photos and videos that have been rarely seen by the general public.

“This is the ultimate, high-end home movie,” said Sam Marchiano, the senior producer of the documentary. “This is something you won’t see on a regular broadcast network. The production value is high, but more importantly, the subject matter is very personal.”

This leads us back to January 9. The MLB.com camera crew worked in cooperation with the Padres crew, so five camera angles were used to cover everything leading up to the call and the celebration at his home and at PETCO Park later that afternoon.

“When the phone rang and I saw [area code] 212, I knew it was New York and I tried my best to keep my composure,” recalled Tony. “When [BBWAA secretary Jack O’Connell] said ‘Congratulations, you made it to the Hall of Fame,’ it was an emotional moment for me, so, it was an unbelievable experience.”

Ever the family man, Tony got behind this project because he wanted the world to see the supportive family that allowed him to work hard at being the best ballplayer he could be and accomplish all he did in baseball.

“After they download this and take a look at it, with our family, this is the sense you are going to get, [that] this is a real family,” said Tony. “I’ve never been one for fanfare; it took a lot of arm twisting to even do this, but now that it’s done and people have a chance to look at it; I think, the one word you’re going to come away with, is family.”