Tuesday, April 06, 1999
Cleveland., OH. Early Wynn, who won the Cy Young Award at 39 and earned his 300th and last victory four years later, died Sunday night in Venice, Fla. He was 79.
The Hall of Famer's health had deteriorated badly in recent months and he died from complications related to a stroke, his business manager, Dave Baudouin, said yesterday.
Wynn pitched in the majors from 1939 to 1963.
"He'd knock you down in the dugout," Mickey Mantle said of Wynn.
Asked once if he would throw at his grandmother, the burly Wynn replied, "Only if she was digging in."
Wynn, from Hartford, Ala., was a 20-game winner four times for Cleveland and once for the Chicago White Sox in the 1950s.
He was 23-11 in 1954, when the Indians won the AL pennant with 111 wins in a 154-game season. In 1959, he won the Cy Young for the pennant-winning White Sox, going 22-10.
Wynn was also a good hitter, with 17 home runs.
In 1963, at 43, he returned to the Indians needing one more win for 300. He reached the milestone on July 13, 1963, pitching the first five innings of Cleveland's 5-4 victory in Kansas City.
His career record was 300-244.
The Associated Press