Jimmy Wynn, a powerful, throwing outfielder who is considered one of the biggest names in the Houston Astros, died on Thursday at the age of 78.
The Astros heralded the death of Wynn, who served as the community outreach executive for the club. Wynn was called the “toy cannon”, a reference to his impressive arm and bat in relation to his 5-foot-9 stature.
The team wrote in a statement: “Today, with the death of Jimmy Wynn, we lost a very large part of the Astros family. His contributions to our organization on and off the field are too numerous to mention. As an all-star -Player.” In the 1960s and 1970s, Jimmy’s success in the field helped build our franchise from the start. After his retirement, his tireless work in the community affected thousands of young people in Houston.
“Although he is no longer with us, his legacy will continue to live in Minute Maid Park, the Astros Youth Academy, and beyond. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Marie, daughter Kimberly, son James Jr., and members of his Family and its many fans and admirers. “
Wynn was born in Cincinnati on March 12, 1942 and played with the Colt .45s / Astros from 1963 to 1973. In 1967, he became an All-Star team in the National League. This year he finished second in the NL with 37 homers. – even though he played half of his games in the spacious astrodome.
He was an all-star at the Los Angeles Dodgers (1974 and 1975) in both seasons before ending his career with the Atlanta Braves (1976), the New York Yankees (1977) and the Milwaukee Brewers (1977).
In 15 major league seasons, Wynn beat .250 in 1,920 games with a base percentage of .366, a slugging percentage of .436, 291 homers, 964 RBIs and 225 stolen bases. He led the NL twice on walks and once led the league in strikers.
The Astros withdrew Wynn’s Uniform No. 24 in 2005.
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