Warren Spahn

Warren Spahn
Birthdate 4/23/1921
Death Date 11/25/2003
Debut Year 1942
Year of Induction 1973
Teams Braves, Giants, Mets
Position Pitcher

Warren Spahn won 363 games – the most by a left-hander in baseball history. The total also tops every pitcher in the post-1920 live-ball era.

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Warren Spahn was baseball's best pitcher of the 1950s

Warren Spahn was baseball's best pitcher of the 1950s

Warren Spahn debuted with the Boston Braves in 1942 then missed three full seasons due to World War II. By the time he started his third big league game, Spahn was already 25 years old. In his second full season in 1947, Spahn was a 21-game winner who led the league in ERA and WHIP. He was on the pa
A 39-year old Spahn threw a 15-K, no-hit game in September, 1960

A 39-year old Spahn threw a 15-K, no-hit game in September, 1960

Warren Spahn threw the first of his two no-hitters on September 19, 1960. The contest came just 29 days after teammate Lew Burdette no-hit the same Phillies team. The 39-year old Spahn was magnificent, throwing strikes in 71 of his 105 pitches. Two walks accounted for the only Philadelphia base runn
Spahn's second no-hitter came five days after his 40th birthday in 1961

Spahn's second no-hitter came five days after his 40th birthday in 1961

“Spahn shows no-hit form,” proclaims this 1962 Topps offering that’s autographed by the pitcher. Perhaps the greatest left-hander ever, Warren Spahn threw two no-hitters. The first came in 1960 at age 39. The second came the following year five days after his 40th birthday. Spahn w
Despite missing three years due to WWII, Spahn joined the 300-win club in 1961

Despite missing three years due to WWII, Spahn joined the 300-win club in 1961

When Warren Spahn earned his 300th win on August 11, 1961 he joined an exclusive club. The lefty great went the distance that night — the 317th complete game of his career — and drove in the game’s first run with a sac fly. This photo shows fellow 300-game winners Cy Young, Grover
League presidents & HoFers Giles and Cronin congratulated Spahn on his 300th win

League presidents & HoFers Giles and Cronin congratulated Spahn on his 300th win

After Warren Spahn earned his 300th victory the congratulatory telegrams came rolling in. Shown here are two such telegrams that originate from the Warren Spahn estate. National League president Warren Giles chimes in saying, “Again congratulations on another great achievement in your wonderfu
Longtime Braves fan Bud Selig congratulated Warren Spahn on his 300th win

Longtime Braves fan Bud Selig congratulated Warren Spahn on his 300th win

When the Boston Braves relocated to Milwaukee, Bud Selig made sure to attend the first home game. A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, Selig became an ardent supporter of the team. As he grew into adulthood, Selig became a powerbroker in Milwaukee. The future commissioner of baseball followed the Brave
Well wishes from owners and dignitaries streamed in after Spahn won his 300th

Well wishes from owners and dignitaries streamed in after Spahn won his 300th

All of the telegrams on this page originate from the estate of Warren Spahn. The left-hander held onto the keepsakes for his entire life. The telegrams shown here were sent from Braves general manager Lou Perini and Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey. Oddly, Perini did not attend the game. Here he explains wh
Giants owner Horace Stoneham congratulates Spahn who would end his career in San Francisco

Giants owner Horace Stoneham congratulates Spahn who would end his career in San Francisco

Among the other telegrams that Warren Spahn received is this example from San Francisco Giants owner Horace Stoneham. “Warmest congratulations on your 300th victory. It rates as one of the All-Time pitching records though we both know you won more than half of them from the Giants. All the ver
Upon induction to the Hall, Spahn received congratulatory messages from throughout the baseball world

Upon induction to the Hall, Spahn received congratulatory messages from throughout the baseball world

Warren Spahn put up a no-doubt Hall of Fame career that culminated in his first-ballot selection. Induction day came on August 6, 1973. In addition to the writers’ choice of Spahn, the Veterans Committee chose Billy Evans, George Kelly, and Mickey Welch. Shown here is a congratulatory telegram
Reds General Manager Bob Howsam checked in after Spahn's Hall of Fame election

Reds General Manager Bob Howsam checked in after Spahn's Hall of Fame election

Bob Howsam writes to newly-elected Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn on January 30, 1973. The executive vice president and general manager of the Reds writes, “Dear Warren, May I add my congratulations along the many others you will receive on the great honor of being inducted into the Hall of
Gabe Paul saw Spahn up close as Reds GM from 1951-1960; here he writes to the lefty

Gabe Paul saw Spahn up close as Reds GM from 1951-1960; here he writes to the lefty

The Cincinnati general manager from 1951-1960, Gabe Paul saw Warren Spahn pitch against the Reds for ten years. Shown here is a letter from Paul in his first year as Yankee GM in 1973. He writes to Spahn, “Thought I would see you in New York to personally congratulate you on your election to t
Spahn loved the game and threw his last professional pitch in his mid-40s

Spahn loved the game and threw his last professional pitch in his mid-40s

In the collection is Warren Spahn’s Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association membership identification card. Coming from the Spahn estate, this card was in Spahn’s possession until his death. He had a tough time leaving the game, pitching one year in the Mexican League at age 45
An active member of the MLBPAA, Spahn stayed in the association throughout his lifetime

An active member of the MLBPAA, Spahn stayed in the association throughout his lifetime

Active in the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, Spahn kept his membership up to date. Shown here is a personal check made out to the MLBPAA on October 20, 1994, 30 years after he played his last big league game. The check is for $30 and represents payment in full for the annual dues.

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