Outfielder Jim Wynn, who played 15 seasons in the major leagues and made three National League All-Star teams, has died at age 78.
Nicknamed “The Toy Cannon” for his small stature and powerful throwing arm, the 5-10, 160-pound Wynn first reached the majors with the Houston Colt 45s in 1963. He played his first 11 seasons in Houston, making the All-Star team for the first time in 1967 when he posted a career-high of 37 homers and drove in 107 runs, despite playing his home games in the pitcher-friendly Astrodome.
However, the Colt 45s — later renamed the Astros — were never good enough during Wynn’s tenure to come close to making the playoffs.
Wynn had a late-career resurgence, however, after being traded to the perennial