, In 1947, Spahn led the National League in ERA while posting a 21–10 record. Maybe I wouldn't have been able to do that otherwise. a highly successful team. In 13 of those seasons he pitched He led or shared the lead in the NL in wins in 1957–61 (age 36–40). , In 1951, Spahn allowed the first career hit to Willie Mays, a home run. One resides at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame located at the Oklahoma City Bricktown Ballpark and the other is located in Hartshorne, Oklahoma at the Hartshorne Event Center. On July 2, 1963, Juan Marichal and Warren Spahn faced off in what may be the greatest game ever pitched. The 1942 Braves finished next to last, and Stengel was fired the following year. followed by rain His 1968 club won the Pacific Coast League championship. The statue depicts Spahn in the middle of one of his leg kicks.
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? Facing the San Francisco Giants, the 42-year-old Spahn became locked into a storied pitchers' duel with 25-year-old Juan Marichal. First we'll use Spahn
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. easygoing attitude and fondness for practical jokes off the field, Spahn  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.
the Braves team, eventually making his major league debut in 1942. With the Braves' franchise move to Milwaukee prior to the 1953 season, Spahn continued his excellence and the team soon responded by winning pennants in 1957 and 1958. 63 shutouts is the National League record for a left-hander. created a space for Spahn to practice and taught The fifth-winningest pitcher of all time, Warren Spahn went 363-245 over parts of 21 years from 1942 to 1965. The winningest southpaw pitcher in big league history, Spahn won 363 games in a career that included 13 20-win seasons. On June 11, 1950, Spahn and pitcher Bob Rush of the Cubs each stole a base against each other; no opposing pitchers again stole a base in the same game until May 3, 2004, when Jason Marquis and Greg Maddux repeated the feat. Spahn, who returned to the Braves soon after his discharge in 1946, would go 21-10 in 1947. big thrill—the thrill of my life. They have won three World Series titles (1914, 1957, and 1995) and 17 National League (NL)…, Baseball, game played with a bat, a ball, and gloves between two teams of nine players each on a field with four white bases laid out in a diamond (i.e., a square oriented so that its diagonal line is vertical). major leagues soon afterward but continued to pitch in minor leagues and But fellow Hall of Famer Stan Musial had his doubts as to whether Spahn, a major league pitcher until his mid-40s, would ever be honored in , In honor of the pitching duo, Boston Post sports editor Gerald V. Hern wrote this poem which the popular media eventually condensed to "Spahn and Sain and Pray for Rain":. Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree.... Who was the first commissioner of Major League Baseball, serving in that role from 1920 until 1944? Over the next four years he would participate in the Battle of the Bulge and the taking of the bridge at Remagen. Braves manager Bobby Bragan predicted, "Spahnie won't win six games with the Mets." was a meticulous, precise, and hard-working player on the field. Pitching is upsetting timing." Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves in his windup - BL-284-61 (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library), Posed photograph of Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn pitching, circa 1954. Kupper of the
, He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1973 with 82.89% of the vote. short time before trading him to the San Francisco Giants. He finished his career in 1965 with the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants.
His approach to pitching involved a of his leading leg that obstructed the view of his mitt and placement of Stengel later said that it was the worst managing mistake he had ever made: I said "no guts" to a kid who went on to become a war hero and one of the greatest lefthanded pitchers you ever saw. Warren Spahn was one of the signatures. 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. more than 20 wins; six of those seasons were consecutive.  He saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and at the Ludendorff Bridge as a combat engineer, and was awarded a battlefield commission.. Mays had begun his career 0-for-12, and Spahn responded to reporters after the game, citing the distance between home plate and the pitcher's mound of 60 feet, 6 inches, "Gentlemen, for the first 60 feet, that was a hell of a pitch." He led or shared the lead in the NL in wins from 1957–1961 (age 36 through 40). hopes for his son and set out to make him a professional player. Braves' lefty led Milwaukee to World Series title. He lost this distinction for a single day: September 25, 1965, when 58-year-old Satchel Paige pitched three innings. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). Los Angeles Times, the time Spahn was born he was selling wallpaper. ", Along with many other major leaguers, Spahn chose to enlist in the United States Army, after finishing the 1942 season in the minors. After one more off day, the two pitchers were brought back, and won another doubleheader. Spahn would have the most personally satisfying game of his life. Undeniably one of baseball's greatest pitchers,Warren Spahn pitched 21 seasons in the major leagues, winning 363 games, and won at least twenty games 12 times -- … Then an off day Spahn also won two more ERA titles, in 1953 and 1961. At the time of his retirement in 1965, Spahn held the Major League Baseball record for career strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher. Do you know that man is 42 years old? This was exemplified by his start on July 2, 1963. 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. During the 1957 World Series, Sal Maglie of the Yankees, ineligible to pitch in the series because he was acquired too late in the season, watched the games with Robert Creamer of Sports Illustrated and made assessments of the players. The poem was inspired by the performance of Spahn and Sain during the Braves' 1948 pennant drive. I do know that my dad fought in Germany. You can't say I don't miss 'em when I miss 'em. The other selections were: outfielders Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays; shortstop Cal Ripken, third baseman Mike Schmidt, second baseman Jackie Robinson, first baseman Lou Gehrig, catcher Mickey Cochrane, right-handed pitcher Christy Mathewson, relief pitcher Dennis Eckersley, and manager Casey Stengel.
A few months before his death, Spahn attended the unveiling of a statue outside Atlanta's Turner Field. Spahn returned to the major leagues in 1946 at the age of 25, having missed three full seasons.
Sain won the next day. In 1965, his last season, he played for the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants. As the keepers of the Game’s history, the Hall of Fame helps you relive your memories and celebrate baseball history. 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. ), According to former Cardinals player Solly Hemus, Spahn, along with teammate Lew Burdette, periodically used anti-Semitic slurs while on the mound.
members of the baseball community, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in Starting in 1947, Spahn would win at least 14 First signed by the Boston Braves before the 1940 season, Spahn reached the major leagues in 1942 at the age of 20. In maybe his most memorable pitching performance, Spahn faced off with the Giants’ Juan Marichal on July 3, 1963, each hurler pitching shutout ball until Willie Mays hit a home run in the bottom of the 16th inning to give San Francisco the 1-0 victory. Spahn was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1973 and became a charter member of both the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985, and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
But I don't know about that.