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Early Wynn

     Like Joe Morgan, Early Wynn had a surprising breakthrough in the middle of his career that made him a Hall-of-Famer.  He spent the first seven seasons of his career in Washington, compiling an unremarkable 64-68 record.  In 1949, at the age of 29, he moved to the Cleveland Indians, and he quickly became an All-Star.  He won 20 games four times in the next eight seasons, picking up an ERA title in 1950 and finishing in the top three in 1951, 1954-1956.  In 1958 he went to the White Sox, where he spent five seasons, and in 1959 at the age of 39 he won the Cy Young award with a 22-10 record - his 255 2/3 innings led the league for the third time.


     Wynn holds the American League mark by pitching 23 seasons winning 300 games.


     He was just nine months older than Bob Lemon, and the two formed a formidable pitching tandem in Cleveland in the 1950s.  In 1954, Wynn (23-11, 2.73 ERA) finished third in the ERA race, behind Lemon (23-7 record and a 2.72 ERA) and teammate Mike Garcia (19-8, 2.64 ERA) - the threesome pitched the Indians to a 108-54 record and a World Series showing.  The 1954 Indians also had Bob Feller (13-3. 3,09 ERA) and Hal Newhouser (7-2, 2.51 ERA in 46 2/3 innings over 26 games, all but one in relief), so they had four future Hall of Famers on their pitching staff - Feller, Newhouser, Lemon and Wynn.


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