All-Time Indians: Early Wynn

Name: Early Wynn     Position: Starting Pitcher                
Nick Name: Gus       Number: 24                  
Tribe Time: 1949-1957,1963     DOB: 01/06/1920                
Accolades: Hall of Fame (1972), 3 Time All-Star (1955-1957), Top 5 MVP (1952)          
Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP K/9 BAA
Best Season (1954) 23 11 0.676 2.73 40 36 20 3 2 270.0 225 93 82 21 83 155 1.14 5.2 0.217
Career 164 102 0.617 3.24 343 296 144 24 10 2,286.2 2,037 923 824 181 877 1,277 1.27 5.0 0.229

Early Wynn was inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1972 as a Cleveland Indian, even though he played 13 seasons for the Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox. His ten years with the Tribe were the most spent with any team, but he did not make it to the Hall on his effort with the Indians alone. In 1959, two years after he left the Tribe, Wynn won the fourth ever Major League Cy Young Award (the award did not split into American and National versions until 1967). While with the Indians he received votes for the MVP of the American League in five separate seasons. He was also one of the many players who played for the Indians in the 1950's and left the team, only to return before their career ended. This list includes Al Smith, Jim Perry, Larry Doby and of course, Rocky Colavito

Early Wynn was extremely successful during his time with the Tribe, and only the extreme loyalty and longevity of a few star pitchers that came before his time keep him from being considered one of the great Indians pitchers. As it stands, he is still seventh all time in innings pitched while wearing an Indians uniform and remains in the top five in wins and strikeouts (tied for second with Bob Lemon). When it comes down to it, there are only six pitchers who could be considered better than Wynn when considering both talent and time spent with the team. Placing him in this list along side Bob Feller, Mel Harder, Bob Lemon, Stan Coveleski, Addie Joss and Sam McDowell puts him next to some of the greatest pitchers in the history of all professional baseball, not just the Cleveland Indians organization. Early Wynn died in 1999.

Early Wynn

Joseph Coblitz

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Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since it's inception in 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians.

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