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 path to becoming one of baseball’s greatest pitchers.
The last year of the decade Spahn again tallied 21 victories to lead the NL. His 25 complete games and 151 strikeouts also paced the Senior Circuit. He was just getting warmed up.
In the 1950s, Spahn won 20 or more games 8 times. During the decade he posted an MLB-best 202 victories and a 2.92 ERA.
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 award given to the best left-handed pitcher in the big leagues is now called The Warren Spahn Award. Shown here is an autographed 1958 Topps All Star card.
He’s definitely on baseball Mt Olympus.
A great pitcher who could also hit. I would rank him fourth best lefty of all time behind 1) Lefty Grove, then 2.) Randy Johnson and then 3.) Clayton Kershaw.
Always one of my favorites! Watched him in Milwaukee, listened to at home near Oshkosh. They don’t have them like him anymore! A true hero, someone to be looked up to. And I did!!!