Born: Mar 12, 1942
Drafted from the Cincinnati farm system in 1962, Ohio native Jim Wynn quickly became Houston's everyday centerfielder, earning the nickname "The Toy Cannon" because of his powerful throwing arm and his prodigious home run blasts. Despite playing in the cavernous Astrodome, his 37 home runs in 1967 fell just short of leading the league and stood as the club record for 27 years. He had a keen eye as well; his 148 walks in 1969 stood as the NL record until 1998.
Over 11 seasons in Houston, Wynn batted .255 with 223 homers, 180 steals and 847 walks.
Traded after the 1973 season for Claude Osteen, Wynn led the Dodgers to the World Series in 1974 and finished his career in 1977 as the best centerfielder not in the Hall of Fame. Wynn was the team's Most Valuable Player in 1965 and the team's best player in several other seasons. For his 15-year career, Wynn batted .250 with 291 homers and 225 steals.
The Houston ballclub retired his No. 24 jersey in a pregame ceremony on June 25, 2005.