July 2005

Astros Retire Jimmy Wynn’s Number

I wasn’t even born when Jimmy Wynn played baseball, but I sure knew about him. 

Nicknamed The Toy Cannon, Wynn made a name for himself, especially in the hearts of Houston fans and current players such as Craig Biggio.Biggio_congratulates_wynn_1

Originally signed by his hometown Cincinnati Reds in 1962, he  made his big league debut in 1963 in Houston.  He was named MVP in 1965, and earned an All-Star nod with Houston in 1967. Among his many Astros accomplishments, Wynn batted .255 with 223 home runs and 710 RBI.

He was traded to the Dodgers in 1973 and played two seasons there, and earned two more trips to the All-Star Game.

Retiring his No. 24, it makes him the eighth player in Astros franchise history to have his number retired.

Wynn was honored that so many showed up at the ceremony, especially his old roommate, Joe Morgan.Jimmy_wynn_and_joe_morgan

He told me a lot has changed in the game since his day’s of playing. "There are stronger and bigger players", said Wynn, "and a lot more money." (laughs)