Hawkins’ path to Indians started in New Waterford
Wynn Hawkins, a former New Waterford High School standout who went on to be a pitcher with the Cleveland Indians, died Feb. 11 at the age of 84.
Hawkins was an All-Ohio basketball player at New Waterford and set the Baldwin-Wallace College career scoring record of 1,175 points in three seasons.
He was given a $4,000 signing bonus by the Cleveland Indians.
Hawkins had a 12-13 record with the Indians from 1960-62.
He is remembered for giving up Ted Williams’ 500th home run on June 17, 1960.
The Indians had big plans for Hawkins in 1963. But in the offseason, while shoveling snow in his driveway in New Waterford, he got into a snowball fight with neighborbood kids. He tore a tendon in his shoulder and his career was over.
See page A3 for Hawkins’ obituary.