Tony Gwynn returns after facing cancer

Former Padres standout was in danger of losing more than just his signature smile.

Updated: June 16, 2014, 11:26 AM ET
By Tom Friend | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- The trophy case in his home is full of gold gloves, silver bats and taco-brown uniforms. But it's the white mask in the corner that keeps Tony Gwynn preoccupied.

Sometimes he puts on the mask to remember his November and December, to remember what it felt like to have the ultimate fastball aimed at his head. Sometimes he puts it on for no reason at all. It's the only item in his trophy room that he stares at, the only item that has nothing to do with baseball, the only ...

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