December 6th, 2012

The Toy Cannon

December 6, 1973 – The Dodgers traded veteran left-handed pitcher Claude Osteen to the Houston Astros in exchange for outfielder Jimmy Wynn. The Dodgers wanted to add power and took their chances on Wynn, nicknamed “The Toy Cannon.” Wynn hit just .220 with the Astros in 1973, but the Dodgers put him on the cover of the 1974 yearbook. Wynn sparked the Dodgers to the 1974 pennant with 32 home runs, 108 RBI, 108 walks and 104 runs scored. The All-Star finished fifth in the MVP balloting and earned N.L. “Comeback Player of the Year” honors.