HOUSTON - APRIL 15: (L-R) Former Houston Astros players Jimmy Wynn, Enos Cabell,Kevin Bass, James Mouton and J.R. Richard on hand for Jackie Robinson Day at Minute Maid Park on April 15, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
So, thanks to a little goof on the Astros game notes, this weekend's History posts got a little off. Monday's game against the Cubs is actually Game No. 117, so let's talk about Jimmy Wynn's 117 runs in 1972.
Wynn put up a pretty special season that year. He not only scored a ton of runs (just outside the Top 10 single season totals in franchise history), he did it batting third for much of the season. In fact, he scored 97 of those 117 runs batting third, so it's not like he was leading off in front of a big power producer.
Nope, Wynn was just phenomenal in a lot of different areas. For instance, he walked 103 times that season and only struck out 99. Not many power hitters, especially from that era, had higher walk totals than strikeout totals. Add in his 29 doubles, 24 home runs and 17 stolen bases and Wynn was a threat in a lot of different ways.
What's more impressive is that this year is sandwiched in between two really bad years for Wynn, that saw him hit around .220 with little power. He rebounded in '74 to reach the All-Star Game and finish fifth in the MVP voting. But, he never scored as many runs as he did in '72.