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.
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.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

We are writing a book about personalities who lived in Brighton, MA. Warren Spahn did when he was in Boston.
Is it possible for you to let us have a high res copy of the card you show (or some other image of Spahn)to go along with the bio.
I would be so grateful for your help.