Monday, May 10, 2021

HOF Early Wynn

Early Wynn was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1972 by the BBWAA, squeaking in on his fourth ballot in a class with Sandy Koufax and Yogi Berra. That's some star power right there. Topps was flip-flopping about having a single year of stats and career stats at this time, and going with a single year & life in 1962 is perhaps, it's only design flaw.

Wynn won a Cy Young and ERA title and was a 9-time All-Star. Impressively on Baseball Reference he's listed as a two-time All-Star in both 1959 and 1960. What's that about? 

He played for the White Sox of Chicago, the Indians of Cleveland, and the Senators of Washington. In 1945 he was serving in the military. He finished his twenty-three year career with exactly 300 wynns.  He had 289 complete games! There may not be that many since 2000!


Although Wynn appeared in a few games in 1963, his final Topps card was in 1962. He looks very much the part of a mid-century American baseball player, doesn't he? They don't make 'em like that, any more...

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2 comments:

  1. From 1959 through 1962 there were two All-Star Games per year. The second game was added largely to raise money for player pension funds, but was abandoned thereafter because they felt it was hurting the game's appeal as it wasn't as special.

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  2. If you had taken the 1962 Topps card border away and shown me that picture of Wynn (without the cap), I would have guess he was a famous movie actor.

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