WARREN SPAHN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CO-SIGNED BY: JOHNNY SAIN - HFSID 291817
Sale Price $337.50
WARREN SPAHN and JOHN SAIN
Ball signed by the pitching duo who brought the Boston Braves their second and last pennant and inspired the famous verse about the team's rotation: "Spahn and Sain, and pray for rain."
Baseball signed: "Warren/Spahn" and "John Sain". Rawlings Official National League baseball, Charles S. Feeney, President. The pitchers were teammates on the Braves in 1942 and from 1946-1951. In their best years, 1947-1950, WARREN SPAHN (1921-2003) and JOHN FRANKLIN "JOHNNY" SAIN (born in 1917) had a combined record of 153 games won and 111 lost, a winning percentage of .580, which would translate to 89-90 wins. The refrain of "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain" was heard throughout New England. With Spahn and Sain leading the way, the Boston Braves won their first National League pennant since 1914, and the last they would win in Boston. Hall of Famer Spahn won 363 major league games. The winningest left-handed pitcher of all time, and possibly the best as well, he was a complete player who helped himself at bat and in the field. Spahn, who was the mainstay of the Braves' pitching staff for two decades, won 20 games a ML record-tying 13 times, pitched two no-hitters and led the NL in strikeouts for four consecutive years. In 1948, Sain led the NL with 24 wins, 39 starts, 28 complete games and 314 innings. He won 20 games each year from 1946 to 1948, slumped in 1949, but came back with a 20-13 mark in 1950. In three of his 20-win seasons, Sain led the league in hits allowed. Sent to the Yankees in August 1951, he contributed 11-6 and 14-7 marks to the 1952 and 1953 Yankee pennants, then led the AL with 22 saves in 1954. An excellent-hitting pitcher (.245), Sain averaged .346 in 1947 and .353 in 1954, and he led the NL with 16 sacrifice hits in 1948. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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