Jimmy Wynn, ‘Toy Cannon’ Known for His Home Runs, Dies at 78

Two of the long home runs for which Wynn became known were particularly famous.

The first came on June 10, 1967, when he knocked one out of Crosley Field in Cincinnati, over the scoreboard in left center and onto the highway outside the stadium.

Almost three years later, on April 12, 1970, he became the first player to hit a home run into the upper deck of the Astrodome when he sent a pitch from Phil Niekro of the Atlanta Braves more than 500 feet down the left-field line.

Wynn spent his first 11 major league seasons, from 1963 to 1973, in Houston. (The team changed its name from the Colt .45s to the Astros during that time.) He later played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Braves, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Yankees in a career that lasted 15 years.

He hit 291 homers, batted in 964 runs and stole 225 bases in 1,920 career games. He led the majors with 148 walks in 1969 and stole a career-high 43 bases in 1965. He scored 100 runs or more three times with Houston.

Wynn’s No. 24 jersey was retired by the Astros in 2005. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Astros Hall of Fame last year.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/sports/baseball/jimmy-wynn-dead.html