Johnny Sain

Spahn and Sain
Birthdate 09/25/1917
Death Date 11/07/2006
Debut Year 1942
Year of Induction
Teams Athletics, Braves, Yankees
Positions Pitcher, Pitching Coach

The runner-up for the 1948 NL Most Valuable Player Award, Johnny Sain was the 1st pitcher to face Jackie Robinson & the last to face Babe Ruth.

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Leo Mazzone says his mentor, 4-time 20-game winner and pitching guru Johnny Sain

Leo Mazzone says his mentor, 4-time 20-game winner and pitching guru Johnny Sain "should be a lock" for the Hall

Though Cooperstown is home to the game’s greatest managers, the Hall of Fame has yet to induct any coaches. Many believe the line starts behind Johnny Sain and his protege Leo Mazzone. Sain might already have a plaque for his playing career if not for his military service during World War II. The
Three-time All Star Johnny Sain became one of the game's greatest pitching coaches

Three-time All Star Johnny Sain became one of the game's greatest pitching coaches

The runner-up for the 1948 NL MVP award, Johnny Sain led the league in wins, complete games and innings. He was also a fine hitter. In 774 career at bats, Sain hit .245 with just 20 strikeouts. After a pitching career that included four 20-win seasons and three All Star appearances, Sain went on to become one of the most effective and respected pitching

"Spahn and Sain and pray for rain" - as teammates the two pitchers combined to win 212 games

The reverse of the Topps contract includes the signatures of John F. Sain and Sy Berger, the longtime Topps employee. Sain was immortalized by Gerald V. Hern’s poem about Sain and teammate Warren Spahn that first appeared in the Boston Globe. “First we’ll use Spahn then we’l
The contract in the previous images allowed Sain to appear on this baseball card

The contract in the previous images allowed Sain to appear on this baseball card

The Topps contract was signed in part so Sain could appear on this 1973 Topps card as pitching coach for White Sox skipper Chuck Tanner. During his playing career Sain missed three seasons due to World War II. When he returned to play in 1946 he reeled off four 20-win seasons over the next five year

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