This Week in 1960s Baseball
(July 13, 1963) At the age of 43, Early Wynn recorded his 300th career win as the Cleveland Indians downed the Kansas City A’s, 7-4.
Wynn started the game and pitched the first five innings to earn the victory. He gave up four runs, all earned, on six hits, including a solo home run to A’s outfielder George Alusik. Wynn struck out three and walked three batters.
The Indians scored four times in the top of the fifth inning off Kansas City starter Moe Drabowsky (0-6) with a pair of two-run singles by Joe Adcock and Al Luplow. Wynn, who scored one of the Tribe’s runs in the fifth, took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth … and barely held it.
Kansas City scored three times off a bases-loaded double by Jerry Lumpe. (As a pinch runner, Tony LaRussa scored one of those runs.) Wynn got Alusik to fly out to end the fifth inning and qualify him to be the winning pitcher. Jerry Walker shut out the A’s over the last four innings to preserve Wynn’s milestone victory.
In 23 big league seasons, Early Wynn posted a career mark of 300-244 pitching for Washington, Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox. He was a 20-game winner five times, and won the Cy Young Award in 1959 when he went 22-10 for the White Sox. He was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 after becoming the thirteenth pitcher with 300 career victories.