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Encyclopedia > Johnny Sain

Johnny Sain (born September 25, 1917) was an American Major League Baseball player. He pitched for 11 years, winning 136 and losing 116 games in his career.

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.

External link

Johnny Sain's career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com (http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/sainjo01.shtml)

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1948 NL CY YOUNG AWARD (395 words)
Johnny Sain was a righty, and a pretty good pitcher in his own right.
Sain was 31 years old by year's end; he had an off year in 1949, then recovered to win 20 games in 1950.
Sain finished his career with 139 wins, and later was an outstanding pitching coach for over 25 years.
Player Profile: Johnny Sain (206 words)
The tandem was immortalized by the phrase "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain."
Sain led the league in many pitching categories in 1948, and finished second in the MVP balloting.
Sain went on to be a highly-respected pitching coach during the 60s and 70s.
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