The Senators trade pitcher Early Wynn and first baseman Mickey Vernon to the Indians for first baseman Eddie Robinson and pitchers Joe Hayness and Eddie Klieman. Wynn will be a four-time twenty-game winner during his ten years with the Tribe.
September 19, 1951
Indian Larry Doby walks five times in a 15-2 drubbing of the Red Sox when Early Wynn picks up his 20th victory. The intimidating right-hander, who win exactly 300 games in a 23 year big league career, will post 20 or more wins in five of those seasons.
August 24, 1951
After being demoted to the minor leagues six weeks ago, Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup, going 1-for-4 with a first-inning single off Early Wynn, in the team's 2-0 victory in Cleveland. The game will mark the first time the future Hall of Fame outfielder will wear the iconic #7 on the back of his uniform jersey; his original #6 was given away during his absence to infielder Bobby Brown, who had worn the numeral in previous seasons.
May 1, 1959
At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, White Sox hurler Early Wynn throws a one-hitter while striking out 14 Boston batters. It is the 39 year-old pitcher’s eighth inning lead-off home run which beats the Red Sox, 1-0.
October 29, 1959
White Sox right-hander Early Wynn, who posted the most victories in either league, wins the Cy Young Award as the top pitcher in the majors. The 39 year-old veteran, who led Chicago to an AL pennant with a 22-10 record, is named on 13 of the 16 votes cast by the BBWAA, with the Giants’ Sam Jones and teammate Bob Shaw also receiving consideration from the writers.
November 15, 1962
The White Sox release 299-game winner Early Wynn, enabling the veteran right-hander to make a deal with other clubs so he will have the opportunity to win his 300th game. Next July, at the age of 43, the future Hall of Famer will pitch the first five innings of a game for Cleveland, reaching the milestone when the Indians down the Kansas City A's, 7-4.
September 19, 1962
Dick Donovan becomes the Indians' first 20-game winner since Early Wynn, Bob Lemon, and Herb Score each hit the total in 1956. The contest will be best remembered for the pair of back-to back home runs hit in the first and seventh innings hit by Tribe teammates Walter Bond and Johnny Romano, who also both had doubles, in the team's 10-9 victory at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium.
July 13, 1963
At the age of 43, Early Wynn pitches the first five innings to record his 300th victory when the Indians down the Kansas City A's, 7-4. The win will be the future Hall of Famer's last in the major leagues, and he will finish his 23-year career with a 300-244 record.
January 21, 1971
No player receives three-fourths of the necessary votes to be elected into the Hall of Fame, with Yogi Berra (67.2%) and Early Wynn (66.7%) coming the closest. Both will be inducted into Cooperstown next season.
January 19, 1972
At the age of 36 years and 20 days, former Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax, who placed himself on the voluntarily retired list because of an arthritic left arm in 1966, becomes the youngest player to be elected into the Hall of Fame. Also getting the nod from the baseball writers are Yankee legend Yogi Berra and Early Wynn, a 300-game winner.
June 5, 1981
Moving ahead of Early Wynn, Nolan Ryan becomes the all-time walk leader (1,777) when he throws ball four twice in his 3-0 victory over the Mets. The Astros right-handed flame thrower will end his 27-year career with 2,795 bases on balls, nearly a thousand more than Steve Carlton, who is second on the career list for issuing free passes.