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Former Astros star Jimmy 'The Toy Cannon' Wynn dies at 78


Jimmy Wynn, the diminutive Houston slugger whose monster shots in the 1960s and '70s earned him the popular nickname “The Toy Cannon," has died.


At the time of his death Wynn worked in the Astros' front office as a community outreach executive.


Almost three years later, on April 12, 1970, he became the first player to hit a home run into the upper deck of the cavernous Astrodome when he sent a pitch from Phil Niekro more than 500 feet down the left field line.


Wynn spent his first 11 seasons in Houston, first with the Colt .45s and then with the Astros before making stops with the Dodgers , Braves, Brewers and Yankees in a 15-year major league career.


Wynn left the team as the franchise leader in hits, home runs, RBIs and walks.


Born in Cincinnati on March 12, 1942, Wynn grew up there before attending Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.






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