As an intimidating, hard throwing righty, Early Wynn pitched in the American League for 23 seasons (1939-1963). He began his career with the Washington Senators with some success, but didn’t come into his own until he joined the formidable Cleveland Indians pitching staff in 1949, where over 10 seasons his record was 162-104, four times winning 20 or more games, while helping The Tribe win the AL pennant in 1954. In 1958, he moved on to the White Sox, adding another 64 wins over 5 years. In 1959, he went 22-10, won the AL Cy Young Award and was an important part of Chicago’s American League pennant winners. Over his career he totaled a 300-244 record, 3.54 ERA, 2,334 strikeouts, 49 shutouts and 5 20+ win seasons, while being named to the AL All-Star team 7 times.
He was inducted into Cooperstown via BBWAA in 1972.
Wynn’s ashes were spread around the pitcher’s mound at Progressive Field (then known as Jacobs Field), home of the Cleveland Indians.
August 25, 2014