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September 1, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
When the Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez, they inherited a contract that binds him to the team through 2018 at a cost of $125 million. That will give him plenty of chances to make his mark in team history, and he will do so wearing a number that has left its mark in team history. By the end of his career, where might Gonzalez rank on the list of Dodgers to wear uniform No. 23? For now, here's how they rank, according to Times staff writer Bill Shaikin: 1: Kirk Gibson (1988-90)
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September 1, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
When the Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez, they inherited a contract that binds him to the team through 2018 at a cost of $125 million. That will give him plenty of chances to make his mark in team history, and he will do so wearing a number that has left its mark in team history. By the end of his career, where might Gonzalez rank on the list of Dodgers to wear uniform No. 23? For now, here's how they rank, according to Times staff writer Bill Shaikin: 1: Kirk Gibson (1988-90)
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April 25, 2005
The Astros will retire uniform No. 24 of three-time All-Star outfielder Jimmy Wynn, who spent 11 of his 15 major league seasons in Houston, during a ceremony July 8 before a game against the Dodgers. Wynn, nicknamed the "Toy Cannon" for his power despite his 5-foot-9 frame, played with first the Colt .45s and then the Astros from 1963 to '73 in Houston before being traded to the Dodgers. He played for L.A. for two seasons and was named to the All-Star team both years.
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September 17, 2009 | Jerry Crowe
Looking for power and a veteran presence to spark a promising young team, the Dodgers found both in a slugging outfielder who'd worn out his welcome at his previous stop. So successful and charismatic was the newcomer, plucked in a trade, that fans in L.A. took an immediate liking to him. A section of the bleachers was named in his honor. Manny Ramirez? He was still in diapers. It was 1974 and the object of the fans' affections, the honorary mayor of "Cannon Country," was a 5-foot-9, 165-pound center fielder named Jimmy "The Toy Cannon" Wynn.
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April 19, 1994 | DAVID W. MYERS
JIMMY WYNN Traded by the Astros to Los Angeles for pitcher Claude Osteen before the start of the 1974 campaign, center fielder Wynn started his brief Dodger career with a bang, hitting a home run on opening day. He hit 31 more that season, earning the Sporting News' award as comeback player of the year and leading the club to its first pennant in eight years.
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September 17, 2009 | Jerry Crowe
Looking for power and a veteran presence to spark a promising young team, the Dodgers found both in a slugging outfielder who'd worn out his welcome at his previous stop. So successful and charismatic was the newcomer, plucked in a trade, that fans in L.A. took an immediate liking to him. A section of the bleachers was named in his honor. Manny Ramirez? He was still in diapers. It was 1974 and the object of the fans' affections, the honorary mayor of "Cannon Country," was a 5-foot-9, 165-pound center fielder named Jimmy "The Toy Cannon" Wynn.
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December 31, 1988
July 15: Who says history does not repeat? In 1974, the Dodgers had an outfielder who sparked the team's pennant drive. His name was Jimmy Wynn and his number was 23. This year Kirk Gibson is sparking the team, which may get into the World Series again. Only this time, maybe the A's won't beat the Dodgers in the Series, as they did in '74. NATE GLEIBERMAN Sherman Oaks
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July 16, 1988
Who says history does not repeat? In 1974, the Dodgers had an outfielder who sparked the team's pennant drive. His name was Jimmy Wynn and his number was 23. This year Kirk Gibson is sparking the team, which may get into the World Series again. Only this time, maybe the A's won't beat the Dodgers in the Series, as they did in '74. NATE GLEIBERMAN Sherman Oaks
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July 13, 1986 | ROSS NEWHAN
Dale Murphy (14 homers and 36 runs batted in) is going to the All-Star game as a starting outfielder, but Atlanta Brave teammate Bob Horner (17 homers and 56 RBIs) wasn't even selected as the backup first baseman. National League Manager Whitey Herzog chose the Houston Astros' Glenn Davis. "I don't blame Whitey," Horner said. "His hands are tied. There are things he has to do. I am disappointed, though. "Anyone who says he doesn't want to make it is a liar."
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August 15, 1992
All summer I've listened to folks gripe about the Dodgers: the porous defense, the shaky bullpen, the Eric Davis deal. How soon they forget! L.A. thrived for years with converted outfielders at second base and shortstop. I don't believe the Dodgers have ever had a 30-save reliever, and they have turned the revival of declining power hitters into a cottage industry. Remember Jimmy Wynn, Reggie Smith, Dusty Baker and Kirk Gibson? If fact, since 1974, this same basic strategy has produced two World Series championships, seven division titles and at least three other clubs that were still contending in the final weekend of the season.
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April 25, 2005
The Astros will retire uniform No. 24 of three-time All-Star outfielder Jimmy Wynn, who spent 11 of his 15 major league seasons in Houston, during a ceremony July 8 before a game against the Dodgers. Wynn, nicknamed the "Toy Cannon" for his power despite his 5-foot-9 frame, played with first the Colt .45s and then the Astros from 1963 to '73 in Houston before being traded to the Dodgers. He played for L.A. for two seasons and was named to the All-Star team both years.
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April 19, 1994 | DAVID W. MYERS
JIMMY WYNN Traded by the Astros to Los Angeles for pitcher Claude Osteen before the start of the 1974 campaign, center fielder Wynn started his brief Dodger career with a bang, hitting a home run on opening day. He hit 31 more that season, earning the Sporting News' award as comeback player of the year and leading the club to its first pennant in eight years.
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March 14, 1987 | STEVE HENSON
What does a fishing competition in the Bahamas have in common with a softball game at Birmingham High? Celebrities . . . and David Mirisch. Mirisch, president of a Beverly Hills-based international promotional firm, produces celebrity sports events for charity and nonprofit organizations. He has more than 1,000 celebrities on file who compete in a wide variety of sports. "The day of the black-tie fund-raiser is over," Mirisch said. "Celebrities love sports competition.
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June 26, 2005 | From Associated Press
Chicago Cub pitcher Kerry Wood, who is on the disabled list because of a strained right shoulder, probably will start Wednesday's game against Milwaukee, Manager Dusty Baker said. With the return of Wood and Mark Prior, who is scheduled to start today against the White Sox, the Cubs' rotation will be at full strength. "I look at it as we acquired two quality guys, similar to a trade," Baker said. "We've done what we could with who we could. We've sort of treaded water." Wood (1-1, 6.
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