Happy Birthday Early Wynn


Early Wynn Jr. was born on January 6, 1920. Wynn, nicknamed "Gus," pitched for the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians, and Chicago White Sox during his 25-year baseball career. Wynn was known to have a hard-nosed disposition and a fierce fastball. He threw at batters frequently enough to be labeled a "headhunter." When asked if he would throw at his own grandmother, he said, "I'd have to. My grandma could really hit a curveball."


In 1958 Wynn became the first major league pitcher to lead his league in strikeouts in consecutive years with different teams (184 with Cleveland and 189 with Chicago.) He won the Cy Young Award in 1959 at the age of 39, posting a record of 22-10, with 179 strikeouts and a 3.16 ERA to lead the Chicago White Sox to the pennant. 

Upon his retirement in 1963, Wynn was the last major leaguer to have played in the 1930s to still be playing. He became one of only 29 players in baseball history to date to have appeared in Major League game in four decades. Wynn was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.    



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