SAN DIEGO — Just weeks before his death from oral cancer, Tony Gwynn found enough energy to warn fellow baseball players not to use smokeless tobacco on a health video.
Gwynn, 54, died June 16 from salivary cancer. The former Padres star blamed decades of using so-called “spit” tobacco for his fatal cancer.
In the video, produced by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, Gwynn was too weak to speak, so someone else give voice to his warning:
“If you aren’t using spit tobacco, please don’t start. And if you are using, try to quit — if not for yourself, then do it for the people you love.”
The video will be shown to baseball players in the major and minor leagues.