Early "Gus" Wynn
Born: Jan. 6, 1920 in Hartford, Ala.
Died: April 4, 1999 in Venice, Fla.
Debut: 1939 | Pos: P
H: 6' | W: 200 | B: B | T: R
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Early Wynn, a Hall of Famer who won 300 games in the majors, died on April 4, 1999 in Venice, Fla., from complications related to a stroke. He was 79.
Wynn debuted in the major leagues with Washington in 1939 and pitched until 1963. His career numbers include 300 wins, 2,334 strikeouts and a 3.54 ERA.
He won 20 games or more three times in his career -- four times with the Indians and once with the White Sox. In 1959, he finished 22-10 for the White Sox and won the Cy Young Award at the age of 39.
Wynn earned a reputation for knocking down batters and was once asked in a famous line if he would throw at his grandmother. The quoted response from Wynn was "Only if she was digging in."
He also hit well for a pitcher and collected 17 home runs in his career.
He joined Cleveland in 1963 one win short of 300. He got that mark on July 13 against Kansas City.
Source: Associated Press