Jim Wynn - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Nov 26, 1962:Drafted Jim Wynn(OF) from Cin-N in 1962 Winter Draft
Dec 6, 1973:Traded Jim Wynn(OF) to LA-N for Claude Osteen(P) and Dave Culpepper(P)

This Date in Astros History

Mar 12, 1949:Jim Wynn is born in Hamilton, OH. Drafted away from the hometown Reds by the fledgling Colt .45s, the "Toy Cannon" would become the first Astro to reach 40 steals, hit 30 HRs or drive in 100 runs for the team. His tape-measure homers are still described with awe today. Wynn's number 24 is retired in 2005.
Mar 28, 1961:Glenn Davis is born in Jacksonville, FL. As a troubled youth, he is taken in by the parents of major league pitcher George "Storm" Davis. Glenn would become Houston's best slugger since Jim Wynn, smashing 166 homers over seven seasons (1984-1990) while driving in 518 runs.
Nov 26, 1962:Colt .45s draft infielder Jim Wynn from Cincinnati. The 20-year-old is disappointed to be leaving his hometown's farm system but gains a fast track to the majors, appearing in Houston the next season as an outfielder.
Sep 27, 1963:The fledgling Colts field an all-rookie lineup for a late-season duel with New York. Starting are outfielders Brock Davis, Aaron Pointer and Jim Wynn, infielders Rusty Staub, Joe Morgan, Sonny Jackson and Glenn Vaughan, catcher Jerry Grote and 17-year-old pitcher Jay Dahl. Despite four future All-Stars, the Mets prevail, 10-3.
Apr 13, 1964:Colt .45s win the league's season opener in Cincinnati, defeating the Reds, 6-3. It is the only time in their three-year history that the Colts have sole possession of first place. President Lyndon Johnson watches while Ken Johnson, still grieving over the death of roommate Jim Umbricht, hurls a two-hit shutout before tiring in the ninth. Jim Wynn, who grew up in Cincinnati, belts a two-run shot in the victory.
Sep 27, 1964:In the last game played at Colt Stadium, Jim Wynn singles home Rusty Staub for a 1-0, 12-inning triumph over Los Angeles. Bob Bruce is masterful, scattering five hits in the complete game victory. Bruce becomes the first 15-game winner in franchise history.
Apr 24, 1965:Bob Aspromonte is the first to set off the Astrodome scoreboard's home run display for its intended purpose during a 5-0 shutout of the Pirates. Vern Law is the victim. Jim Wynn adds another blast two innings later to delight the crowd. Dick Farrell scatters seven hits.
Apr 25, 1965:Joe Morgan singles home Bob Aspromonte in the 11th inning for a 5-4 triumph over Pittsburgh. It's the first day game at the Astrodome after the ceiling tiles had been painted to reduce the glare. Pirate outfielder Bill Virdon couldn't use it as an excuse when Jim Wynn scores on his three-base error. Umpire Vinnie Smith couldn't use it as an excuse when he overturns his own home-run call on Walt Bond's drive off the fence.
May 23, 1965:Hard luck pitcher Ken Johnson loses his last game for Houston, 5-2 at the hands of the Giants, in typical fashion. Jim Ray Hart hits a three-run inside-the-park homer in the first inning when Jim Wynn fails to track the fly ball as it falls on the warning track behind him. Johnson is traded later that afternoon to Milwaukee for Lee Maye.
Jun 6, 1965:After 140 relief appearances, Claude Raymond makes his first big league start, scattering seven hits for a complete-game 10-1 triumph at St. Louis. Lee Maye, Jim Gentile and Jim Wynn blast homers while Bob Aspromonte drives in three. Rain cancels the second game of the scheduled twinbill.
May 5, 1966:"13" Is not an unlucky number when the Astros trip the Cubs, 4-3, in 13 innings. Jim Wynn singles home Joe Morgan for Houston's 13th win of the season. Dick Farrell and Bill Faul, who both wear 13 on their backs, are the starters but it's Frank Carpin who gets the victory.
May 13, 1966:Dick Farrell and Claude Raymond combine for a one-hitter in Philadelphia. The Astros only manage three hits themselves but the last is a ninth-inning blast by Jim Wynn off Chris Short that hits the roof of Connie Mack Stadium for a 1-0 victory.
Jun 2, 1966:Houston produces nine hits, including eight consecutive singles, in the 12th inning to subdue the Reds, 11-4. The inning starts as a 3-3 tie when Bob Aspromonte singles off Jack Baldschun. Base knocks by Rusty Staub, Ron Brand, Jim Gentile, Joe Morgan, Sonny Jackson, Jim Wynn and Dave Nicholson follow. Staub later doubles in the frame. Claude Raymond survives a bases-loaded scare for the victory.
Jun 22, 1966:The Astros set a home attendance mark which stands for 22 years, as 50,908 fans watch Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers down Houston, 5-2. Koufax is no mystery to Jim Wynn who goes 4-for-4 with a homer and two doubles. John Bateman also doubles twice but they don't get enough help elsewhere.
Jul 19, 1966:Dick Farrell does it all during an 8-2 triumph over Philadelphia. He bangs three hits, including a three-run homer, while scattering eight hits in the complete-game victory. Jim Wynn is also 3-for-4 with a three-run bomb. This is the first game played on an all-Astroturf field.
Aug 1, 1966:Jim Wynn swats a drive over the left field roof at Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium, clearing a 15-foot sign rising above it. Later, Bob Aspromonte belts a three-run shot to tie the Phils at 5-5. In the top of the tenth, Wynn tries to steal home and is called out despite howls of protest from the Houston bench. In the bottom half, Wynn dives for a deep drive by Richie Allen, misses and crashes into the center field iron fence. Allen dashes around the bases with the winning run while Wynn's season is over after x-rays reveal multiple fractures.
May 2, 1967:Houston erupts for eight runs in the eighth to wallop the Phillies, 10-3. Rusty Staub has four RBIs. Bob Aspromonte slams a three-run shot and Jim Wynn has two hits in the decisive frame. Winning pitcher Mike Cuellar drills a run-scoring double to help his own cause.
May 18, 1967:Jim Wynn 's first-inning homer off the left-field foul pole ignites a near riot during a 6-2 Astros win. Giants Manager Herman Franks and umpire Shag Crawford nearly come to blows as Franks insists the hit was foul. A voice in the dugout calls Crawford a "meathead" and Ollie Brown gets tossed for it, inciting another feud. Pitcher Gaylord Perry, who gave up the homer, later admits it was he who used the m-word.
May 26, 1967:With the wind blowing out at Wrigley, Rusty Staub, Joe Morgan, Jim Wynn and Ron Davis homer in a 17-4 bombing of Chicago. Conditions favor the hitters so well that John Bateman, after being plunked by a pitch, begs the umpire to let him stay and hit.
Jun 11, 1967:Jim Wynn belts a mammoth home run at Cincinnati's Crosley Field off Sammy Ellis that lands on a freeway ramp beyond left field . The Reds explode for five runs in the ninth to salvage a doubleheader split, 8-4, after Houston won the opener, 7-4. Bob Aspromonte homers in both games.
Jun 15, 1967:Jim Wynn drills three solo homers at the Dome to trip the Giants, 6-2. He is the only player to belt three homers at an Astrodome game until 1994. Bob Bolin and Bill Henry are his victims. Mike Cuellar strikes out ten to win his eighth of the year.
Jun 16, 1967:Minutes before the trade deadline expires, Houston ships closer Claude Raymond to Atlanta for pitcher Wade Blasingame. Less than 24 hours later, Raymond saves a 9-8 decision over the Astros. Jim Wynn homers again, his seventh long ball in the past week.
Jun 18, 1967:Don Wilson, just 22, fans Hank Aaron to complete his first no-hitter, a 2-0 gem over the Atlanta Braves . Aaron is Wilson's 15th strikeout victim that Father's Day afternoon. Jim Wynn's double off Phil Niekro keys a two-run rally for the game's only scoring. Though it is the third no-hitter in franchise history, it's the first shutout no-hitter and the first hurled in the Astrodome.
Jul 11, 1967:Jim Wynn becomes the first Houston player to get a hit in the All-Star Game . He singles in the ninth against Al Downing but does not score. Rusty Staub singles off Catfish Hunter in the 11th but also doesn't score. Mike Cuellar, the third Astro All-Star, pitches two shutout innings . Finally, Tony Perez of Cincinnati homers in the 15th to give the Nationals a 2-1 win.
Jul 16, 1967:Houston sweeps a twinbill against the Dodgers for the first time. Ron Davis bashes two run-scoring doubles while Don Wilson tosses seven shutout innings in the 4-1 opener. Eddie Mathews and Jim Wynn belt homers to lead the 8-2 nightcap win at Dodger Stadium.
Jul 23, 1967:Jim Wynn clubs two homers in the 8-5 opener of a doubleheader split in Pittsburgh, including a mammoth three-run bomb that lands on a Little League diamond in back of Forbes Field. Houston has the league leader in each triple crown category (Wynn 25 HRs, 75 RBIs; Rusty Staub .358 BA) but sit, as a team, in last place. The Pirates get revenge in the nightcap, 15-2.
Jul 24, 1967:Mike Cuellar tosses a two-hitter and notches a dozen strikeouts during a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia in eleven innings. Cuellar also scores the game-winner on a single by Jim Wynn. A sacrifice fly by Eddie Mathews plates the other Houston run.
Aug 23, 1967:Jim Wynn cracks his 30th home run of the season during a 9-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Clay Carroll is the victim. Wynn is the first Houston player to reach that plateau and no other Astro would join him until Glenn Davis in 1986.
Sep 9, 1967:Jim Wynn smashes two home runs, his 34th and 35th of the year, to drop the Dodgers, 5-3. Wynn becomes the first in franchise history to reach 100 RBIs. Mike Cuellar wins his 14th of the year.
Sep 11, 1967:Jim Wynn cracks his 37th homer of the season in an 11-10 squeaker over the Cubs. The home run mark would stand for 27 years. Houston uses nine pitchers in the victory, including catcher Ron Brand in the eighth when it looked like the Astros had control.
May 19, 1968:Astros take no prisoners in a doubleheader sweep at Los Angeles, 2-1 and 3-1. In the nightcap, while walking down to first, Jim Wynn points out a snake in the basepath. Coach Mel McGaha gets a bat and beats the viper to death. Denny Lemaster and Mike Cuellar hypnotize the Dodgers with complete-game victories.
May 22, 1968:Dave Giusti tosses a two-hitter in a nail-biting 1-0 shutout in Cincinnati. The first hit, with two out in the eighth, is questionable after Pete Rose's bloop escapes Jim Wynn's glove. Vada Pinson later gets a clean double. Rusty Staub singles home Ron Davis for the only run.
Jun 26, 1968:Dave Giusti gives up first-inning singles to Chicago's Don Kessinger and Glenn Beckert then goes the rest of the game without allowing a hit for a 2-1 triumph. He also provides the game-winner, singling in Bob Watson. Jim Wynn's solo homer off Bill Hands is the other Houston run.
Jul 26, 1968:Jim Wynn becomes the first player in franchise history to reach 100 homers. He does so with a three-run blast in the eighth inning off Frank Linzy to drop San Francisco, 4-1. The other run is driven in by Dick Simpson who leads the Astros with three hits. Denny Lemaster picks up the win.
Aug 16, 1968:Jim Wynn homers off Tom Seaver with two outs in the ninth to tie New York, 1-1. Bob Aspromonte's two-run opposite-field double in the 12th wins it for Houston. Tom Dukes, who fanned two with the bases full of Mets in the 11th, picks up the 3-1 victory.
Sep 7, 1968:Even the greats are human. Atlanta's Hank Aaron, representing the winning run, stumbles and falls rounding third base in the bottom of the ninth on a single by Sonny Jackson and is caught in a rundown. Doug Rader tags him out on a play where Aaron should have scored easily. Instead, the game goes into extra innings where Rader and Jim Wynn smack doubles to key a 6-3 ten-inning triumph.
Apr 30, 1969:Jim Maloney tosses a no-hitter as Cincinnati embarrasses the Astros, 10-0. The Reds ace fans 13 and walks five, including an intentional pass to Jim Wynn with the bases empty and two outs in the ninth. Doug Rader whiffs for the final out. Houston ends the month with a dismal 4-20 record.
May 2, 1969:Jim Wynn is all of the offense, belting two home runs and driving in three to defeat Gaylord Perry and the Giants, 3-2.
Jul 15, 1969:Astros erase a five-run deficit en route to a 10-7 triumph over Los Angeles. Norm Miller drives in three. Doug Rader has two RBI singles. Jim Wynn walks during the five-run fourth, breaking a league mark with his 11th straight game with a base on balls. Ex-teammate Eddie Mathews set the record in 1954.
Jul 30, 1969:Denis Menke and Jim Wynn launch grand slams in the same inning as the Astros crush the Mets, 16-3 and 11-5 in a twinbill at Shea Stadium . The double slam was the first National League occurance in 79 years. So hot were Houston's bats that Larry Dierker took Nolan Ryan deep in the nightcap and Fred Gladding broke an oh-for-the-decade slump with a bloop single for the only hit in his career.
Sep 10, 1969:Jim Wynn's homer and Denis Menke's bases-loaded double spark an 8-1 win over the Dodgers. Denny Lemaster scatters six hits. The Astros are tied for fourth in the tight N.L. West, but are just two games out of first place.
Sep 17, 1969:Larry Dierker becomes the first Houston pitcher to reach 20 wins in a 2-1 victory at San Francisco. Jim Wynn and Doug Rader homer off Gaylord Perry for the decisive runs. For Giant fans, the chance to see Willie Mays hit his 600th homer is the big attraction but Dierker and Jim Bouton limit him to a single and two walks. The Astros are five games over .500 and 5-1/2 games out of first.
Sep 19, 1969:Keith Lampard, a native of England, gets his first and last major league homer. It's a two-run pinch-hit shot in the bottom of the ninth off Wayne Granger to shock the Reds, 3-2. So excited, the Brit almost runs past Jim Wynn on his way around the bases. Wynn had walked for the fourth time of the night. Houston sets an N.L. record for strikeouts with 1,125. Ironically, it's a knuckleball from Jim Bouton that sets the mark on a squad full of flamethrowers.
Apr 12, 1970:The Astros blast five home runs to trounce Phil Niekro and the Braves, 8-3 . Jim Wynn has the most memorable shot, a rocket that doesn't come to rest until it finds the gold (upper reserved) seats in the third inning (section 738C, row 6, seat 3) . That bested his blast into the purple seats in the first. Tommy Davis, Joe Pepitone and Doug Rader go yard as well, making an easy night for starter Larry Dierker.
Apr 19, 1970:Tom Griffin tosses a one-hitter in a 5-1 victory over the Padres. A double by Cito Gaston in the seventh is the lone safety although Jim Wynn robbed Gaston of a similar hit earlier . Houston also pulls off a triple steal when John Mayberry, Doug Rader and Johnny Edwards run on a failed squeeze play.
May 31, 1970:A bad day for Denny Lemaster. He gives up six runs in five innings during a 14-4 doubleheader loss to the Mets. He's pressed into service in the nightcap and picks up his second loss of the day, 4-3, in 14 innings. Cleon Jones reaches base ten of twelve times in the twinbill. Jim Wynn homers in both contests.
Jul 12, 1970:San Francisco's Gaylord Perry is met by two umpires and forced to towel down before the second inning of a game at the Dome. Minus the medicine, Perry gives up five runs as the Astros build an early lead. The Giants roar back to claim a 7-5 advantage before Houston tallies three in the ninth for an 8-7 triumph. Doug Rader singles home Jim Wynn with the game-winner.
Aug 30, 1970:Jim Wynn launches two homers off Nolan Ryan to pace a 9-5 thrashing of the Mets. Wynn totals four hits and drives in five. Denis Menke also goes deep twice. Don Wilson survives an early 3-0 deficit to gain the victory. Wynn tells the press that Ryan's fastball is no match for his bat and backs it up.
Dec 21, 1970:Jim Wynn is stabbed during a domestic dispute and undergoes abdominal surgery. It leads to his worst season as an Astro - an anemic .203 average and seven homers in 123 games.
May 29, 1971:Ken Forsch twirls a three-hitter to stop the Reds, 2-1. All three Cincinnati hits are by Lee May, including a solo homer. Jim Wynn answers with a solo blast of his own off Gary Nolan before singling home Roger Metzger with the decisive run.
Jul 3, 1971:Jack Hiatt singles home Jim Wynn with the game-winner in a 4-3, 13-inning thriller over Cincinnati at the Dome. The two had also teamed up in the ninth to preserve the tie when Wynn snared a sinking liner in center field then gunned down Buddy Bradford at the plate with Hiatt supplying the tag.
Sep 24, 1971:Gary Ross of the Padres balks home Jesus Alou in the 21st inning as Houston outlasts San Diego, 2-1. But wait. That's just the opener of the scheduled twinbill. After the 5-1/2-hour first game, the California fog rolls in before the second game ends. The Padres win the "nightcap", 5-4 in the ninth when Ollie Brown, batting after a 14-minute fog delay, sends a shot to right that Jim Wynn can't find in the mist.
May 1, 1972:A sacrifice fly by Tommy Helms proves to be the game-winner as the Astros outslug Pittsburgh, 9-8. Jim Wynn's grand slam and a three-run shot by Johnny Edwards build a 7-3 lead but the Pirates rally to tie. An RBI single by Bob Watson breaks the deadlock but Helms' insurance run is needed at the end.
Jun 16, 1972:Jim Wynn belts a solo shot off Dick Selma in the bottom of the eleventh to stun the Phillies, 1-0. Houston outlasts eventual Cy Young Award winner Steve Carlton, who blanked them on six hits for the first ten frames. Don Wilson and Tom Griffin team for the shutout.
Jun 26, 1972:The first five Astro hits in San Diego are all homers - two solo shots by Doug Rader , two-run blasts by Jim Wynn and Cesar Cedeno and a round-tripper by Lee May . All that does is create a 7-7 tie. Wynn doubles home Cedeno in the seventh and Houston tallies six more times for a 14-7 victory. Cedeno has three hits and four RBIs. George Culver pitches 7-1/third innings of relief for the win.
Jul 11, 1972:Chicago's Billy Williams goes 8-for-8 in a doubleheader split against the Astros. He sets a league mark with ten consecutive hits. Jim Wynn and Lee May go deep as Houston wins the opener, 6-5. The Cubs roar back in the nightcap, 9-5, as Williams goes 5-for-5 and Rick Monday socks two homers.
Jul 12, 1972:Jim Wynn bangs two home runs and drives in four to pace a 10-6 triumph over the Cubs. Norm Miller and Lee May also homer. Chicago's Billy Williams is retired in his first time up, snapping his consecutive hitting streak, but stays hot with a double and a home run.
Jul 18, 1972:A two-run inside-the-park homer by Cesar Cedeno highlights an 11-3 triumph over St. Louis . The young phenom raises his average to .351 with three hits. Jim Wynn drives in three while Jerry Reuss spins a four-hitter and adds two hits of his own.
Apr 6, 1973:Cesar Cedeno doubles home Tommy Helms with the winning run in the 13th for a 2-1 Opening Day triumph in Atlanta. It was Cedeno's third extra-base hit of the game. Jim Wynn's homer tied it in the sixth.
Apr 28, 1973:Doug Rader and Jim Wynn blast homers off Montreal's Steve Renko as part of a five-run seventh inning that stops the Expos, 5-3. Fred Gladding picks up the win.
May 20, 1973:Johnny Edwards belts a three-run homer as Houston builds a 7-0 lead against the Giants. San Francisco rallies to tie it but Jim Wynn smashes a solo shot off Sam McDowell in the ninth for an 8-7 victory. Astros take over first place in the NL West.
Jul 12, 1973:A home run by Jim Wynn in the ninth off Barry Lersch sinks the Phillies, 7-6. It's his second long ball of the night. Veteran lefty Juan Pizarro wins in relief, appearing for the eighth big league club in his career.
Aug 1, 1973:In a foreshadowing of coming years, J.R. Richard's first major league shutout is against the Dodgers . It's a five-hit performance with nine strikeouts and five walks. Jim Wynn breaks out of a long slump with an RBI double that sparks the 5-0 victory.
Dec 6, 1973:Slugger Jim Wynn is traded to the Dodgers for pitchers Claude Osteen and Dave Culpepper. A holder of many team records, Wynn rebounds to help the Dodgers to the National League title in 1974 while Osteen would own a 9-9 mark before being traded in mid-season.
Jul 26, 1974:Larry Milbourne scores in the 11th on a fielder's choice to give Houston an 8-7 triumph over Los Angeles. Roger Metzger has three hits and raps into the game-winner when the throw home by Davey Lopes is late. Cesar Cedeno socks two home runs and drives in four. His 79 RBIs lead the league while his 21 home runs are just one shy of ex-teammate Jim Wynn for the top spot in that category.
Sep 24, 1986:Nolan Ryan follows Jim Deshaies' previous two-hitter with six innings of no-hit ball against the Giants before Mike Aldrete singles to break up the bid. Charley Kerfeld surrenders a hit in the ninth as the pair combine for a two-hit, 6-0 whitewash that clinches a tie for the N.L. West pennant. Glenn Davis belts his 30th home run of the season, the first Astro to hit that many since Jim Wynn in 1969.
Aug 5, 1994:Jeff Bagwell re-writes the Astros record book with his 38th home run, 112th RBI and 69th extra base hit in a 12-4 thumping of the Giants. Jeff has five RBIs to lead the attack, breaking Bob Watson's season mark. Jim Wynn held the other two records. Bagwell's .370 average also threatens Rusty Staub's club record. A broken hand and a players strike would soon cut short the best season any Astro has ever had.
Apr 21, 1999:Jeff Bagwell bashes three home runs at Wrigley Field and drives in six to drop the Cubs, 10-3. Bagwell passes Jim Wynn's mark for the most homers in franchise history.