Sunday, June 26, 2005
The Toy Cannon in 1972.
There was a jersey retirement ceremony yesterday at Minute Maid Park for Jimmy Wynn, who has been one of my very favorite Astros from the time I sat in the shiny new Dome as a six-year-old (in the center field bleachers, with my glove, anticipating -- in that excitedly hopeful way that kids have -- a home run hit to me).
Wynn was, and still is, one of the humblest stars I ever watched. Even when he was told this past winter during a luncheon with owner Drayton McLane that his number would go into the rafters, he was speechless.
Congratulations to one of the true good guys.
Update: Tom Kirkendall, and via him John Brattain, each discuss in greater detail the Toy Cannon's career.