Future 300-game winner Early Wynn is born in Hartford, Alabama.
“Gus” made his debut with the American League’s Washington Senators at the age of 19 in 1939. He spent parts of eight seasons in D.C., winning as many as 18 games in 1943. He was 8-19 with a 5.82 ERA in 33 games in 1948 in his last season with the club before he was dealt with Mickey Vernon to the Cleveland Indians for first baseman Eddie Robinson and pitchers Joe Haynes and Ed Klieman.
Wynn spent the next nine seasons in Cleveland, posting a 163-100 record in that span while making three All-Star teams and winning 20 games or more four different times. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox following the 1957 season and made three more All-Star teams, including his Cy Young award winning 1959 season at the age of 39.
Wynn was re-signed by the Indians midway through the 1963 season. He won one game of the 20 he appeared in, but it was a significant one – the 300th and final win of his Major League career.