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79.  Jim Wynn
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 12, 1942 in Cincinnati, OH USA
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 10, 1963
  • Final Game: September 27, 1977
  • TSN All-Star - 1967
  • TSN All-Star - 1974
 
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665311051665291964225 0.250
 

How does a guy with a lifetime Batting Average of .250, who never received a single vote for the Hall even make this list? It reminds of us a band that fails to generate any real respect, but in retrospect is viewed as ahead of their time by the generation that follows. The metaphor is we are talking about is Jim Wynn, the man dubbed the “Toy Cannon”.

Jim Wynn played the bulk of his career for an awful (and barely noticed) Houston Astro team in the gigantic Astrodome. The stadium was far from a hitter’s paradise, yet Wynn managed to put up decent power numbers there. He never posted what would be considered a decent Batting Average, but Jim Wynn walked……a lot. Two times he led the league in free passes, and was always having an On Base Percentage well over one hundred points higher than his Batting Average. He could also steal and he was great in the field; not that anybody was watching him when he played in Houston.

Wynn would later have a couple good seasons in L.A., but he went from a team that nobody saw, to a loaded club where nobody paid attention to him. Jim Wynn could be the best player in the 60’s and 70’s that nobody ever saw.

Should Jim Wynn be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 18.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 27.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 45.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 1983
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 3 Time All Star (1967, 1974 & 1975)
    Most Walks (2) (NL) (1969 & 1976)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (NL: 1974, 5th)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentages)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Total Bases)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 55. Walks: 1,224
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1983: 0.0
  • Should be Inducted As A: Houston Astro

Should Jim Wynn be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 18.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 27.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 45.5%
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