This day in baseball: Warren Spahn wins Cy Young

The 1957 Cy Young award was accorded on November 28th to Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves. Spahn was voted the league’s best pitcher almost unanimously, as the only competition for the award that year was White Sox hurler Dick Donovan, who received one vote. Spahn finished the 1957 season with a 21-11 record and a 2.69 ERA.

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Warren Spahn (Wikimedia Commons)


This day in baseball: Warren Spahn elected to HoF

On January 24, 1973, Warren Spahn was elected to the Hall of Fame, making him only the sixth player elected in his first year of eligibility.  He received more than 82% of the votes cast by the BBWAA.  Warren Spahn recorded thirteen 20-win seasons with the Braves, making him the winningest left-handed pitcher in big league history with 363 victories.

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Warren Spahn (Wikimedia Commons)


Quote of the day

A pitcher needs two pitches, one they’re looking for and one to cross them up.

~Warren Spahn

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Warren Spahn (Wikimedia Commons)


This day in baseball: Oldies, but goodies

On April 28, 1961, Milwaukee Braves pitcher Warren Spahn threw his second no-hitter against the Giants at County Stadium.  This feat made him the second-oldest pitcher in history to throw a no-hitter, at the age of 40 years and 5 days.  At the time, the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter had been Cy Young, at 41 years old.  That spot is now held by Nolan Ryan, who threw a no-hitter at the age of 44 on May 1, 1991.

Warren Spahn (Wikimedia Commons)

Warren Spahn (Wikimedia Commons)


This day in baseball: Spahn’s no-hitter

On 16 September 1960, Warren Spahn struck out fifteen batters, setting an all-time Braves record, on his way to the first no-hitter of his career.  The thirty-nine-year-old pitcher won 4-0 over the Phillies — in his 20th season!

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