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The Nitty Gritty - Early Wynn and Ted Williams The Nitty Gritty - Early Wynn and Ted Williams

A real story about Hall of Fame Players - Pitcher Early Wynn and outfielder Ted Williams

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The Famous "Green Box"

What's a green box and why is it so famous? Well, just like a baseball dugout, that's where the stories are told. The "Green Box" appeared on the Baseball Historian web site during our inception back in 1999 and has been holding kangaroo court ever since. Enjoy the stories...

I'm Not Going Fishing With You!
Early Wynn was one of baseball's "nice-guys, tough-guys". He was always willing to help his teammates, his friends and very pleasant to his fans. He was always willing to sign autographs and was a just a top-of-the line good-guy. But to opposing players, he ranked as a "tough son-of-a-gun". Mickey Mantle once said, "Early Wynn was so mean he'd knock you down in the dugout". Opposing hitters will always remember Wynn for the way he established himself with inside fastballs. One time, when Wynn was pitching for the Indians, he invited Red Sox's slugger Ted Williams to go fishing in the Everglades. Williams, an ardent fisherman declined by saving, "No hitter ever would go into the Everglades with a pitcher like you. His body might never be found."

Once while pitching a game in 1956, Wynn was hit in the jaw by a hard line drive. He refused to come out of the game immediately. When he finally did leave, he needed 16 stitches and lost seven of his lower teeth. Early Wynn won 300 lifetime games with only 244 loses, pitched from 1939-1963. Wynn won 20 or more games in five different seasons and was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1972. Personal Memories - Green Boxes

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