Wednesday, May 29, 2013

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: JIM WYNN


YOU'RE RIGHT: WYNN WASN'T A LEFTY.


JIM LIKED THE LONG BALL, TOO.


THE CARD

  • Another case of the flipped negative on this otherwise sweet 1973 reproduction: Jim Wynn was a right-handed batter, and even if you didn't know that, you can see the Astros sleeve logo is backward.

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • Pretty nice and tucked into in a good spot.

THE PLAYER

  • Wynn was Mr. Astro as he became the team's first star after it was re-branded from the Colt .45s in '65. He played 11 of his 15 years in Houston.
  • With one of the better nicknames around, The Toy Cannon earned that moniker with a terrific arm (20 outfield assists in '68) and big-time pop at the plate (291 career homers), all wrapped into a compact 5-foot-9, 170-pound frame.
  • Imagine how many homers this fireplug would've hit had he not played most of his home games in the cavernous Astrodome?
  • Still, he was known for some titanic blasts, including one at Crosley Field in Cincinnati in '67 that cleared the 58-foot scoreboard in left and landed on Interstate 75.
  • Then there was the one at the Astrodome in '70, when he became the first to reach the upper deck in left field. The seat where the ball hit was reupholstered with the image of a cannon. After the Astrodome was refurbished in the '80s, the club gave the seat to Wynn.
  • Wynn drew 100-plus walks six times, including tying Brooklyn's Eddie Stanky for most in the NL with 148 in '69. That stood until Mark McGwire walked 162 times in '98.


LOOSENING UP AT THE STICK.


THE CARTOON DUDE LOOKS COUNTRY TO ME.

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