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December 27, 2014

HOT BLAST: Gywnn's death and the future of chewing tobacco

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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 3:04 pm | Updated: 3:16 pm, Tue Jun 17, 2014.

The death of baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has kick-started an important topic -- the marriage of baseball with chewing tobacco.

Gwynn died of cancer, and until his death he was adamant that his 20-year habit of dipping while playing the sport caused his disease. Efforts by Major League Baseball to get smokeless tobacco banned have failed because of resistance from the players' union, though dip, snuff and chew are banned in the minors and college baseball.

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