Monday, November 25, 2013

An Allegorical Name to Remember 11/25/13

Hey baseball fans!

There are only 24 pitchers with at least 300 career wins, but there are only two who have won exactly 300. However, I will not be talking about Lefty Grove. Instead, I will be talking about the other exactly 300-game winner: Early Wynn!

Just like his name states (and it is the name that was given to him by his parents), Early Wynn won a lot in the early days of baseball, going 300-244 from 1939-1963 with the Senators, White Sox, and Indians. Early has the record for most seasons played as an American League pitcher with 23. He was known to be very competitive on the mound and treated every game he played as a war. In his career, the belligerent Wynn had five 20-win seasons and 49 career shutouts, 21st on the all-time list. The seven-time All Star won the 1959 Cy Young Award at the age of 39, helping the White Sox win the AL pennant for their first World Series appearance since the Black Sox Scandal. Although the White Sox lost that Series to LA, Wynn was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

Did you know that Early Wynn was also a switch hitter at the plate and is one of the only pitchers ever to have hit a grand slam? That just proves that Wynn was one of the greats. Anyway, thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it and check back in a few days for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

1 comment:

  1. As a lifelong White Sox fan, Early "Gus" Wynn was always one of my favorites. Thanks for the memories.


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