Saturday, March 21, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION-"IN ACTION" #31: 1972 JIMMY WYNN

Time for the "Toy Cannon", former slugger Jim Wynn, to have a "missing" In Action card in the 1972 set.
Take a look at what I came up with:


Nice period photo of the Astros top home run hitter of the late-60's/early-70's.
Wynn put in a nice 15-year career that saw him bash 291 homers with 964 runs batted in and 1105 runs scored.
But what really may surprise many of you is that the man also stole 225 bases during his career, pulling off 20/20 seasons three times.
After his eleven productive years in Houston, Wynn moved on to Los Angeles where he had two consecutive all-star years in 1974 and 1975.
1976 saw him with the Atlanta Braves, and he did manage to hit 17 homers while leading the league with 127 walks. But he also led the league with the lowest batting average among qualifiers, and the following season he split time between the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers, hitting .175 with a single homer and 13 R.B.I.'s over 66 games.
That would be the last Major League action Wynn would see in the Majors, calling it a career at the age of 35.

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