Saturday, September 3, 2016

TURN BACK THE CLOCK: 1961 WARREN SPAHN WINS NUMBER 300!

Today’s “Turn Back the Clock” moment celebrated is the awesomeness that was Warren Spahn, and his 300th Major League victory in 1961 on his way to 363:


Seriously, how many wins would he have collected if he didn’t lose three prime years to the military, for whom he honorably served during World War II?
Once he came back all he did was go on to post THIRTEEN 20+ win seasons, along with four strikeout crowns, lowest ERA three times, most shutouts four times and fourteen all-star nods.
On August 11th of 1961 he pitched his way into the record books by beating the Chicago Cubs 2-1, pitching a complete game and allowing the Cubs just 6 hits and an earned run, while striking out five and walking one.
The man was amazing, flat out, and by the time he retired at the age of 44 in 1965 he posted a 363-245 record, with a 3.09 ERA, 63 shutouts, 28 saves and 2583 strikeouts over 750 appearances, 665 of which were starts.
Oh yeah, he also hit 35 career home runs along with 189 runs batted in with (coincidentally) 363 hits!
Was there anything he couldn’t do?
Once in a lifetime right there...

1 comment:

  1. Awesome card of one of my favorite pitchers! Met his twice - once at a card show in Milwaukee and once in a chance meeting at the Atlanta airport before Game One of the 1999 World Series. A great guy with a sharp sense of humor!

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