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Encyclopedia > Warren Spahn
Warren Spahn
Starting Pitcher
Born: April 23, 1921
Died: November 24, 2003 (aged 82)
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 19, 1942
for the Boston Braves
Final game
October 1, 1965
for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Win-Loss     363-245
ERA     3.09
Strikeouts     2583
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Elected     1973
Vote     82.89%


Warren Edward Spahn (April 23, 1921November 24, 2003) was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for 21 seasons, all in the National League. Although never quite as dominating as some, he was both astonishingly consistent and durable. He won 20 games in 13 different seasons, and compiled a 23-7 record when he was aged 42. He won more games than any other left-handed pitcher, or any other pitcher who played his entire career in the post-1920 live-ball era, and is acknowledged as one of the best left-handed pitchers in Major League Baseball history. In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... 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Baseball career

Spahn was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1921. 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. He finished his career in 1965 with the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants. Spahn won more games than any other lefty (363) and is the fifth-winningest pitcher in MLB, trailing only Cy Young (511), Walter Johnson (417), Grover Cleveland Alexander (373), and Christy Mathewson (373) on the all-time list.[1] Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State County Erie County Government  - Mayor Byron Brown Area  - City 52. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Governor Deval Patrick (D) Area  - City  89. ... Nickname: Location of Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Coordinates: , County Milwaukee Government  - Mayor Tom Barrett Area  - City  97 sq mi (251. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 2000... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Ballpark AT&T Park (2000–present) a. ... For the Disney animator, see Cy Young (animator). ... Walter Perry Johnson (November 6, 1887-December 10, 1946), American professional baseball pitcher. ... Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1915. ... Christopher Christy Mathewson (August 12, 1880 - October 7, 1925), nicknamed Big Six, The Christian Gentleman, or Matty, was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. ...


Spahn also threw two no-hitters, won 3 ERA titles, and appeared in 14 all-star games ,the most of any pitcher in the century." In baseball and softball, a no-hit game (more commonly known as a no-hitter) refers to a contest in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ...


Warren Spahn briefly managed the Tulsa Oilers AAA franchise in the Pacific Coast League in the 60's.


World War II

Spahn served in the United States Army in World War II and was wounded in Europe. He was awarded Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star for bravery. He saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and at the Ludendorff Bridge (the famous bridge at Remagen) as a combat engineer, and was awarded a battlefield commission. He was the only one of major league baseball's military who earned a battlefield commission. The United States Army is the largest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... For other meanings see Purple Heart (disambiguation). ... The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ... Combatants United States United Kingdom Germany Commanders Dwight D. Eisenhower Bernard Montgomery Omar N. Bradley George S. Patton, Jr. ... The Ludendorff Bridge was a railroad bridge across the Rhine in Germany, connecting the cities of Remagen and Erpel. ... A Battlefield Commission is given to enlisted soldiers who are commissioned for outstanding leadership on the field of battle. ...


Death

Spahn died at age 82, apparently of natural causes, at his home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is interred in the Elmwood Cemetery in Hartshorne. 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. The street is near South Park High School, Spahn's alma mater. Broken Arrow is a city located in northeastern Oklahoma in Tulsa County and extends into western Wagoner County. ... Hartshorne is a city located in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State County Erie County Government  - Mayor Byron Brown Area  - City 52. ...


Quotations

"Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing."


"I'm probably the only guy who worked for Stengel before and after he was a genius." (on having played for manager Casey Stengel with the Braves and Mets, but not when Stengel was winning multiple World Series with the New York Yankees) Casey Stengel, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers Charles Dillon Stengel (July 30, 1890 - September 29, 1975) was a famous baseball player and manager. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as...


See also

In Major League Baseball, the 300 win club is an informal term applied to the group of pitchers who have won 300 or more games in their careers. ... Here are is the all-time list for homeruns by a Major League Baseball pitcher, with the pitcher being defined as a player who pitches in at least three games in the given year. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Spahn is commonly ranked sixth after 19th-century pitcher Pud Galvin, who won 364 games. Galvin's first four wins came in 1875, in the National League predecessor National Association (NA). So whether Spahn or Galvin ranks fifth depends on whether we count the NA as a major league.

Pud Galvin baseball card, 1887 James Francis Pud Galvin (December 25, 1856 – March 7, 1902), an American professional baseball pitcher, was Major League Baseballs first 300-game winner. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... A National Association is a national bank; the name is a required part of the distinguishing legal title of a national bank, as in Bank of America, N.A. See also National Association of Professional Baseball Players ... Whether to cover the National Association as a major league is a recurring and crucial matter of difference in historical work on American baseball —that is, among historians, encyclopedists, database builders, and others who work on the facts of baseball history on the playing field. ...

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C. Young | W. Johnson | C. Mathewson | G. Alexander | W. Spahn | P. Galvin | K. Nichols | R. Clemens* | T. Keefe | G. Maddux* | S. Carlton | J. Clarkson | E. Plank | N. Ryan | D. Sutton | P. Niekro | G. Perry | T. Seaver | C. Radbourn | M. Welch | L. Grove | E. Wynn
asterisk denotes "active pitcher" In Major League Baseball, the 300 win club is an informal term applied to the group of pitchers who have won 300 or more games in their careers. ... For the Disney animator, see Cy Young (animator). ... Walter Perry Johnson (November 6, 1887-December 10, 1946), American professional baseball pitcher. ... Christopher Christy Mathewson (August 12, 1880 - October 7, 1925), nicknamed Big Six, The Christian Gentleman, or Matty, was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1915. ... Pud Galvin baseball card, 1887 James Francis Pud Galvin (December 25, 1856 – March 7, 1902), an American professional baseball pitcher, was Major League Baseballs first 300-game winner. ... Kid Nichols of the Philadelphia Phillies at the West Side Grounds in 1905. ... William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962, in Dayton, Ohio), nicknamed The Rocket, is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, and is one of the preeminent Major League baseball pitchers of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. ... Tim Keefe on an 1888 Goodwin & Company baseball card (Goodwin Champions (N162)). Timothy John Tim Keefe (b. ... Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. ... Steven Norman Carlton (born December 22, 1944 in Miami, Florida) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, from 1965 to 1988, who retired as one of the most successful pitchers to ever play the game. ... 1905 photograph of baseball player John Clarkson. ... Eddie Plank of the Philadelphia Athletics at South Side Park in 1905. ... Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. ... Donald Howard Sutton (born April 2, 1945 in Clio, Alabama) is a former Major League Baseball player and current television sportscaster. ... 1970 Topps super card #15 Philip Henry Niekro (born April 1, 1939 in Blaine, Ohio) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Gaylord Jackson Perry (born September 15, 1938 in Williamston, North Carolina) is a All-Star Major League Baseball pitcher and member of the United States Baseball Hall of Fame. ... George Thomas Seaver (born November 17, 1944 in Fresno, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who broke into the major leagues in 1967 and retired in 1986. ... Charles Radbourn on a 1887-1890 Goodwin & Company baseball card (Old Judge (N172)). Charles Gardner Radbourn (December 11, 1854 - February 5, 1897), nicknamed Old Hoss, was a pitcher in Major League Baseball prior to the turn of the 20th century. ... Michael Francis Welch (July 4, 1859 - July 30, 1941), also known as Mickey Welch, was a 19th century Major League Baseball starting pitcher. ... Robert Moses Lefty Grove (March 6, 1900 - May 22, 1975) was one of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history. ... Early Wynn (January 6, 1920 – April 4, 1999) was a right-handed baseball pitcher for the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. ...


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Warren Spahn Award by Oklahoma Sports Museum on Baseball Almanac (1177 words)
The actual award given to the winner is a 2-foot-2 bronze statue of Warren Spahn in his famous high kicking windup that has an estimated value of $10,000.
The award honors the legacy of Oklahoman Warren Spahn, the winningest lefty ever, whose 363 MLB wins are the most ever for a left-handed pitcher.
Spahn, 82, will present the award, a 2-foot-2 bronze statue of himself, to Pettitte at 7 p.m., December 2, at the Masonic Temple Convention Hall in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Warren Spahn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (611 words)
Warren Edward Spahn (April 23, 1921 – November 24, 2003) was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for 21 seasons, all in the National League.
Spahn led the National League in wins eight times, including five seasons in a row (1949, 1950, 1953, 1957-1961) and complete games nine seasons, seven consecutively (1949, 1951, 1957-63); these numbers are major league records.
Spahn served in the United States Army in World War II and was wounded in Europe.
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