Wynn, Early

Early Wynn
Born: January 6, 1920, Hartford, Alabama
Died: April 4, 1999, Venice, Florida
Played For: 
Washington Senators (1939-1944, 1946-1948), Cleveland Indians (1949-1957, 1963), Chicago White Sox (1958-1962)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1972

Early Wynn, a burly, hard-nosed competitor, treated every ballgame as if it were a war. His durability helped him lead the American League in innings three times and also helped him last 23 seasons -- an American League record for pitchers. During his career with the Senators, Indians and White Sox, Wynn won an even 300 games, highlighted by five 20-win seasons, 49 shutouts and seven All-Star selections. In 1959, he won the Cy Young Award at the age of 39, posting a record of 22-10 to lead the White Sox to the pennant.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that 300-game winner Early Wynn was also a switch-hitter who tallied 90 pinch-hit appearances, including a grand slam, making him one of five Major League pitchers to attain that feat?
A pitcher has to look at the hitter as his mortal enemy.