Sunday, October 31, 2010

1955 Topps #31 - Warren Spahn

Yesss... We have another legend of the game, Warren Spahn!

Spahn (b. 1921 - d. 2003) was one of the greatest left handed pitchers of all time. He pitched for 21 seasons (1942, 1946 - 1965) for the Braves, Mets and Giants. His won-loss record is a staggering 363-245. He ranks sixth all-time in wins. The closest anyone has come recently is Greg Maddux, who finished with 355. His 2,583 career strikeouts are good for #25 all-time. Spahn won the World Series with the Braves in 1957; was an all star during the 1947, 1949 -1954, 1956 - 1959 and 1961 - 1963 seasons; won the Cy Young Award in 1957 and was The Sporting News pitcher of the year in 1953, 1957, 1958 and 1961.
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Spahn's uniform number (21) has been retired by the Braves. Spahn was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973 with 82.89% of the vote. For some reason, he was not elected on his first ballot, which, in my mind, is a crime.
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(DECEASED 19)
(HALL OF FAME 6)
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