As his fastball waned, Spahn adapted, and relied more on location, changing speeds and a good screwball. Following two off days, it did rain. [20] He was put on waivers on July 15, 1965 and released on July 22, 1965. As a left-hander, Spahn was able not only to watch any runner on first base, but also to avoid telegraphing whether he was delivering to the plate or to first base, thereby forcing the runner to stay close to the bag. To sum up Warren Spahn: he was one of the most prolific pitchers of his or any other era, and that wasn’t even the biggest accomplishment on his life’s resume. Spahn also made his acting debut with a cameo appearance as a German soldier in a 1963 episode (S2E8 "Glow Against the Sky")[28] of the television series Combat!

He was a 17-time All-Star player who won 20 games or more in 13 seasons, including a 23–7 record when he was age 42. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Spahn attended South Park High School. He won the NL Player of the Month Award in August 1960 (6–0, 2.30 ERA, 32 SO) and August 1961 (6–0, 1.00 ERA, 26 SO), Spahn acquired the nickname "Hooks", not so much because of his pitching, but due to the prominent shape of his nose. “That nose is a little too big.” The statue made the move with the Braves from Turner Field to what is now Truist Park, parked outside of the third base gate, near the statue of Phil Niekro. Spahn managed the Tulsa Oilers for five seasons, winning 372 games from 1967 to 1971. Contact Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Copyright, Celebrities Interesting Facts By Nationality, Celebrities Interesting Facts By Profession. [8], In 1947, Spahn led the National League in ERA while posting a 21–10 record. Minter’s three innings of fury would’ve gone down in Braves postseason history as the stuff of legend. Warren Spahn, Self: 1948 World Series. Following the 1964 season, after 25 years with the franchise, Spahn was sold by the Braves to the New York Mets. Spahn also won two more ERA titles, in 1953 and 1961. For example, some referred to the 1993 San Francisco Giants' imbalanced rotation as "Burkett and Swift and pray for snow drift."[15].

followed by Sain Buried in Hartshorne, Okla., you’d be hard-pressed to find a headstone with a better life resume. In the Live-Ball Era, there isn’t a pitcher who has more career wins than Warren Spahn’s 363 (another Braves legend is the only one to come close, with Greg Maddux racking up 355) and no left-hander in history can touch Spahn’s win total.

He also drove in 10 or more runs nine times, with a career high 18 in 1951. In defense of this era’s arms, the five-man rotation was circa 1969, four years after Spahn had pitched in his final MLB game, and if he’d come along in this era, the game’s evolution would have those years with 38 or 39 starts — which he did twice and is something the likes of Maddux never did — difficult to come by. I'm only 25. Died: November 24, 2003 in Broken Arrow, OK. then we'll use Sain He pitched his second no-hitter the following year on April 28, 1961, against the Giants. The score was still 0–0 after more than four hours when Willie Mays hit a game-winning solo home run off Spahn with one out in the bottom of the 16th inning. Spahn was selected for the all-time All-Star baseball team by Sports Illustrated magazine in 1991, as the left-handed pitcher. [4], He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1973 with 82.89% of the vote. Spahn started games, finished games and won games. The Braves couldn’t close the resilient Dodgers out on Friday. Discharged in April 1946, he returned to the Boston Braves in time to post an 8–5 season. They count the pitches. But I’m honored and thrilled that the statue will be there for posterity,” Spahn said of the honor. Last edited on 3 September 2020, at 13:15, List of Major League Baseball career wins leaders, List of Major League Baseball annual ERA leaders, List of Major League Baseball annual strikeout leaders, List of Major League Baseball annual wins leaders, List of Major League Baseball career strikeout leaders, List of Major League Baseball all-time leaders in home runs by pitchers, "Warren Spahn at the Baseball Hall of Fame", "It's time Lolich gets his name called for the Hall", "Warren Spahn Award at the Baseball Almanac", "Warren Spahn, 82, Dies; Left-Handed Craftsman of the Baseball Mound for 21 Seasons", "Rare feet: Opposing hurlers steal bases in the same game", "Spahn and Sain and Trade for Burdette: Never Trust Gimmicky Rhymes", "Giants fans have no reason to fear the Braves", "Milwaukee Braves vs San Francisco Giants July 2, 1963 Box Score", "Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Athletics September 25, 1965 Box Score", "Strong Minded Spahn Ignoring Sign Posts of Retirement? But to be fair, it wasn’t a complete and utter train wreck behind Sain and Spahn. His major league career began in 1942 with the Braves and he spent all but one year with that franchise, first in Boston and then in Milwaukee.

There are only five men with more seasons with a sub-3.00 ERA than Spahn’s eight, a who’s-who of arms that have defined the game after his retirement — Tom Seaver, Clemens and Maddux among them — and he’s ahead of the likes of Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez (seven such seasons each). In Spahn's final season, during his stint with the Mets, Yogi Berra came out of retirement briefly and caught 4 games, one of them with Spahn pitching. [1] He clashed with Braves manager Casey Stengel, who sent him to the minors after Spahn refused to throw at Brooklyn Dodger batter Pee Wee Reese in an exhibition game. 21, Warren Spahn. Four thoughts from the Braves’ loss in Game 5, After early success, both the bats and bullpen struggle as Braves lose 7-3 to Dodgers in Game 5. The Warren Spahn statue welcomes the Braves home to @SunTrustPark in 21 days! On April 4, 2009, the facilities of Broken Arrow Youth Baseball, in Spahn's longtime home of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, were dedicated in his honor. by two days of rain. followed by rain He was an actor, known for 1948 World Series (1948), 1958 World Series (1958) and 1957 World Series (1957). The street is near South Park High School, Spahn's alma mater. Had he played, it is possible that Spahn would have finished his career behind only Walter Johnson and Cy Young in all-time wins.

He signed with the San Francisco Giants, with whom he appeared in his final major league game on October 1, 1965 at the age of 44. If that man is on the mound, nobody is going to take me out of here. [10][11], In 1951, Spahn allowed the first career hit to Willie Mays, a home run. I didn’t think about it until after the fifth and then I figured I’m over the hump and it’s downhill.”. The winningest left-hander in history, Spahn’s career was epic, and if you boil it down to his peak years, few could match this Braves legend. That ERA+ is just behind Tim Hudson and Jon Lester and Zack Greinke and Adam Wainwright (3.38) have better FIPs. After his death a street was named after him in Buffalo, New York that connects Abbott Road with Seneca Street, through Cazenovia Park, in the heart of South Buffalo.

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