1959 – White Sox hurler Early Wynn pitches a 1-hitter, strikes out 14, and hits a double and a home run in a 1-0 victory over the Red Sox. At age 39.
Early Wynn happens to be one of those old Cleveland players whose baseball card I somehow have. This one is a bit “used.” Sorry Early. It wasn’t me.
Early doesn’t get much attention any more, but he was a pretty darn good pitcher with a pretty darn good baseball name. (Always nice to get an early win, no?) He pitched for 23 — yes, 23! — years, from 1939 to 1963, and had five 20-win seasons, the last of them coming in 1959 with the White Sox. What got into him in 1959? He went 22-10 with a 3.17 ERA, led the league in innings pitched and won the Cy Young Award. He finished up with exactly 300 wins in his career, the 14th pitcher to reach that total.
Early died in 1999, age 79.
Good game, Early!
Also of note, today:
1920 – Someone named “Babe” Ruth hits his first home run as a Yankee. NY 6, Boston 0, at the Polo Grounds
1951 – Mickey Mantle hits his first home run as a Yankee. NY 8, Chicago 3