His best years were those immediately after World War II, when he won 100 games for the Boston Braves before being traded to the New York Yankees during the 1951 season for Lew Burdette and cash. In 1948, he won 24 games, lost only 15, and finished second in the voting for that year's MVP Award. He and teammate Warren Spahn achieved joint immortality that year when their feats were the subject of a poem in the Boston Post which was eventually shortened to the epigram, "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain."
After retiring as a player, Sain spent many years as a well-regarded pitching coach.
Johnny Sain's career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com (http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/sainjo01.shtml)
Categories: 1947 National League All-Stars | 1948 National League All-Stars | 1953 American League All-Stars | Boston Braves players | New York Yankees players | Kansas City Athletics players | Major league pitchers | 1917 births
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