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’s 363 wins are the most by a left-hander in baseball history. The total also tops every pitcher in the post-1920 live-ball era.

 

In the collection:

Autographed Warren Spahn 1962 Topps card

Autographed Warren Spahn 1962 Topps card

“Spahn shows no-hit form,” proclaims this offering from 1962. Spahn won 20 or more games 13 times over the course of his 21-year career. His 363 wins are more than any other left-handed pitcher in history, and more than any other pitcher who played his entire career in the post-1920 live
Braves GM Lou Perini congratulates Spahn on no-hitter

Braves GM Lou Perini congratulates Spahn on no-hitter

After throwing his first no-hitter Spahn received this telegram from Lou Perini, the principal owner of the Braves from 1945-1961. The telegram reads in part, “…have had a very strong feeling throughout the years that we have been together that you would ultimately cap many of your brill
1958 Topps All Star card signed by Warren Spahn

1958 Topps All Star card signed by Warren Spahn

The 1957 Cy Young Award winner, Warren Spahn also finished second in voting three times — all during years in which only one award was given for all of baseball. with 363 career wins, Spahn has the most MLB wins by any left-handed pitcher. Acknowledged as one of the best pitchers ever the awar
Warren Spahn joins the 300-win club

Warren Spahn joins the 300-win club

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
Congratulatory telegrams sent by League Presidents & HoFers Giles and Cronin on 300th win

Congratulatory telegrams sent by League Presidents & HoFers Giles and Cronin on 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
Congratulatory telegrams for 300th win from Braves GM Lou Perini & Bosox owner Tom Yawkey

Congratulatory telegrams for 300th win from Braves GM Lou Perini & Bosox owner Tom Yawkey

Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey and Braves pitcher Warren Spahn shared Boston for the eight years when the Braves called Beantown home. When Spahn won his 300th game against the Cubs on August 11, 1961, Yawkey sent over his warm wishes to the Braves hurler in the form of
Giants owner Horace Stoneham congratulates Spahn on #300

Giants owner Horace Stoneham congratulates Spahn on #300

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
Gabe Paul congratulates Spahn on Hall induction

Gabe Paul congratulates Spahn on Hall induction

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
Reds GM Bob Howsam checks in after Spahn's HoF election

Reds GM Bob Howsam checks in after Spahn's HoF 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
Spahn's MLB players alumni association identification card

Spahn's MLB players alumni association identification card

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
Personal check signed by Spahn made out to the MLBPAA

Personal check signed by Spahn made out to the MLBPAA

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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