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Legendary Astros outfielder Jimmy Wynn dies at age 78

Sad news for the baseball world Thursday night, as the Houston Astros have announced that former player and member of their front office Jimmy Wynn has passed away at age 78.

"Today, we lost a very big part of the Astros family with the passing of Jimmy Wynn," the club said in a statement.

After his retirement, his tireless work in the community impacted thousands of young people in Houston.

Although he is no longer with us, his legacy will live on at Minute Maid Park, at the Astros Youth Academy and beyond.

We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Marie, daughter, Kimberly, son, James, Jr., to the other members of his family and to his many fans and admirers."

"Wynn was also recognized for his outstanding community work on June 24, 2011, when the Astros and Minute Maid dedicated the Jimmy Wynn Training Center, which is a state-of-the-art baseball facility located at the Astros Youth Academy."

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