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Warren Spahn from the Chronology
Aug 13, 2006 - In pitching 8 shutout innings against the Giants, Greg Maddux sets a major-league record becoming the first pitcher to make at least 25 starts in 20 consecutive seasons. Maddux had shared the record of 25 in 19 straight with Cy Young, Warren Spahn and Tom Glavine. The 1-0 win today goes to Takashi Saito when Russell Martin hits a walkoff homer in the 10th off Vinnie Chulk.
Jan 13, 2004 - After going 21-10 for the New York Yankees in 2003, Andy Pettitte is announced as the winner of the Warren Spahn Award‚ presented annually to the top left-handed pitcher in the majors. Pettitte will move to the Houston Astros as a free agent and win just 6 games in 2004‚ but notch his 10th straight winning season out of 10; Babe Ruth is the only other pitcher who has pitched at least 10 seasons without incurring a losing record in any of them.
Jul 19, 1982 - In the first annual Cracker Jack Oldtimers Classic at Washington's Robert F. Kennedy Stadium 75-year-old Luke Appling hits a 250-foot homer off Warren Spahn to help the AL to a 7-2 win over the NL in a 5-inning battle of retired baseball stars.
Aug 6, 1973 - Roberto Clemente and Warren Spahn head the list of new inductees at Cooperstown. Clemente is the first Latin-born player to achieve membership at Cooperstown. The plaque for Spahn the winningest lefty of all time will credit him with 2853 strikeouts; the correct total is 2583. The incorrect plaque will stay up for decades. The Rangers beat the Pirates in the Hall of Fame game 6-4.
Jan 24, 1973 - Warren Spahn is elected to the Hall of Fame in his first try on the BBWAA ballot receiving 316 of 380 votes.
Apr 18, 1969 - The American Association opens the season using the DPH rule which the major leagues dropped near the end of spring training. The DPH will also be used in International League (AAA) the Eastern League (AA) and the Arizona Instructional League. Larry Osborne (Omaha; 0-41 BB 1 run) and John Brandt (0-4) are the ones in Oklahoma City. Denver's Charles Weatherspoon (1-4) and William Wolff (1-3 1 BB) are the DPHers in Tulsa. Tulsa manager Warren Spahn calls the DPH rule "terrible." (as noted by John Lewis).
Aug 19, 1965 - At San Francisco Don Drysdale faces Warren Spahn in the start of a critical four-game series. Drysdale last longer than Spahn allowing five runs through eleven innings and leaves with the game tied. The Dodgers win it in 15 innings 6-5.
May 5, 1965 - In a great matchup in New York the Phillies Jim Bunning hits a HR and beats Warren Spahn 1-0. For Bunning it is his 6th complete game victory against the Mets in 6 starts 3 of them shutouts. He has 6 assists including a pickoff at 2B.
Sep 8, 1963 - Braves P Warren Spahn (20-5) ties Christy Mathewson's NL record with his 13th 20-win season by notching a 3-2 victory in Philadelphia. Gene Oliver's 2-run HR in the 8th off Dallas Green is the deciding blow. At 42 Spahn becomes the oldest 20-game winner.
Aug 23, 1963 - Warren Spahn's 601st start is a modern NL record. Grover Alexander had the previous record of 600. The Braves beat the Dodgers 6-1.
Jul 2, 1963 - In a classic pitching matchup in San Francisco between the 2 Hall of Famers the Braves Warren Spahn gives up 9 hits in 15 1/3 innings while Juan Marichal allows 8 hits in 16 innings while striking out 10. With the score tied at the end of 15 When asked by his manager at then end of 15 if he could go another inning Juan Marichal said "If that old guy in the Braves dugout can do it so can I." Willie Mays's round-tripper off Spahn at 12:31 A.M. in the bottom of the 16th gives Marichal a 1-0 win the NL's longest win ended by a HR. Both pitchers go the distance in one of the greatest matchups ever.
Jun 28, 1963 - At Los Angeles the Braves Warren Spahn beats Don Drysdale three-hitting the Dodgers 1-0. It was the first time Spahn had beaten the Dodgers on their home grounds since Aug. 21 1948 (15 years). He'd lost 14 straight: 9 at Ebbets; 4 at Memorial Coliseum; and one at Chavez Ravine.
Apr 11, 1963 - Warren Spahn's Opening Day 6-1 victory over the Mets is his first win of the season and the 328th of his career. He thus moves ahead of yesteryear's great Eddie Plank as the all-time winningest lefthander. Except for Duke Snider's HR no Met gets past 2B.
Jun 13, 1962 - Sandy Koufax smacks his first ML home run and it comes off another future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn. It is the winning blow in the 2-1 win at Milwaukee. Sandy will hit one more career round tripper.
Apr 24, 1962 - Warren Spahn pitches Milwaukee to a 2-1 win over the Phillies. For Spahn it is his 11th straight win over Philadelphia-breaking his own Braves team record-stretching back to May 13 1959.
Sep 19, 1961 - The Giants clobber Warren Spahn for 4 home runs one of them a grand slam by Willie Mays and then rally in the 8th and 9th to top the Braves 11-10. The two teams combine for 8 home runs and 57 total bases but the short ball wins it-Kuenn's tie breaking single in the 8th and Ed Bailey's sacks full single in the 9th.
Aug 11, 1961 - Warren Spahn's 2-1 victory against the Cubs makes him the 13th 300-game winner.
Aug 4, 1961 - At Candlestick Warren Spahn wins his 299th game 2-1 over the Giants. He gets a bit of help from Hank Aaron who leads off the 7th and 9th with homers off Mike McCormick. The Giants scoring is a Cepeda homer in the 5th.
Jul 1, 1961 - At Milwaukee Gordy Coleman collects 8 hits and leads the Reds to a sweep over the Braves. The Reds win the opener 8-5 as Coleman collects 5 hits including a 3-run homer in the 13th off Warren Spahn. Gordy chips in with 3 more hits in the nitecap a 4-3 Reds win.
Apr 28, 1961 - Five days past his 40th birthday Warren Spahn becomes the 2nd-oldest ML pitcher (after Cy Young) to hurl a no-hitter blanking San Francisco 1-0. Hank Aaron drives in the only run off loser Sam Jones who strikes out 10. It is Spahn's 290th win and 52nd shutout. Spahn faces just 27 men following each walk by starting a DP.
Sep 16, 1960 - Warren Spahn 39 years old notches his 11th 20-win season with a no-hitter against the Phillies winning 4-0. Spahn also sets a Milwaukee club record with 15 strikeouts in handing the last-place Phils their 90th loss of the year.
Sep 21, 1959 - The Braves Warren Spahn notches his 20th win 8-6 and his 266th NL victory to tie Eppa Rixey of the Phils and Reds for the career high in wins by a lefthander. The Braves and the Dodgers are now tied for the lead in the 3-team pennant race.
May 31, 1959 - In the 2nd game of a doubleheader Gene Freese's HR accounts for the only Phillies run in a 2-1 loss to the Braves and Warren Spahn. For Freese it is his 5th pinch homer of the season one short of the NL record. Freese will hit 23 HRs this season but no more in the pinch. The Phils win the opener 6-0 behind Robin Roberts.
May 13, 1959 - Milwaukee's Warren Spahn becomes the 3rd NL lefty to win 250 games beating the Cards 3-2.
Apr 26, 1959 - Was it something I said? Reds pitcher Willard Schmidt is twice hit by pitches in the 3rd inning in an 11-10 win over the Braves. Braves pitchers Bob Rush and Lew Burdette do the plunking. It is a first in the major leagues but the ML mark will be tied in 3 years by Frank Thomas and later by Brady Anderson. But Schmidt will likely remain the only batter to hit and be hit twice in an inning. While on the mound in the 4th inning Schmidt is hit again when a Johnny Logan line drive strikes him on the right hand and he has to leave the game. The two teams use 14 pitchers between them to tie a NL record with the 8 pitchers by the Reds tying another NL record. Warren Spahn is tagged for the loss his 2nd in 2 days to the Reds.
Jul 30, 1958 - At Milwaukee Warren Spahn defeats the Dodgers for the first time in nearly 7 years beating them 4-3. His last victory against them was September 25 1951 though in fact he had not faced them since June 5 1955 when they beat him. Eddie Mathews 21st HR in the 8th inning decides the game and puts the Braves back in 1st place ahead of the Giants.
Jun 4, 1958 - Against the Giants , Wes Wes Covington hits a 2-out 3-run homer against reliever Pete Burnside to tie the game for the Milwaukee Braves. After the Braves score a pair of unearned runs in the 10th, Giant pinch hitters Hank Sauer and Bob Schmidt connect for back-to-back homers off Ernie Johnson. The consecutive pinch homers are the first in the National League (Bob Cerv and Elston Howard did it in the AL for the New York Yankees on July 23, 1955). Warren Spahn hits an RBI-pinch single in the 11th, then shuts down the Giants to win, 10-9.
Nov 28, 1957 - Warren Spahn of the Braves wins the Cy Young Award as ML Pitcher of the Year almost unanimously. His only competition for the title is the White Sox Dick Donovan who received one vote.
Oct 9, 1957 - With Warren Spahn stricken by the ?u Lew Burdette pitching with 2 days rest achieves his 3rd complete game and 2nd shutout to beat New York 5-0 The Braves win their first WS championship since the "Miracle Braves" of 1914 beat Connie Mack's Athletics.
Aug 25, 1957 - The Braves top the Phillies 7-3 behind the Warren Spahn. The ace left hander posts his 219th career win and cracks his 18th career homer good for 6th (tie with Schoolboy Rowe) on the career list. The Braves are also paced by the hitting of Bob Hazle who contributes two 3-run HRs and a single in the win. Since being recalled from Wichita "Hurricane" Hazle is hitting .526.
Aug 15, 1957 - Hazle has another 3 hits including a homer as Milwaukee tops Cincy again 8-1. Aaron has a pair of homers and Eddie Mathews a solo shot as the Braves extend their winning streak to 10 games and their lead to 8 1/2. It is Milwaukee's 14th win in 16 games with the Reds and for Warren Spahn it extends his record to 44-14 over the Reds. Cincy's only run is unearned.
May 24, 1957 - In his first two ML at-bats Cubs rookie Frank Ernaga hits a solo HR in the 2nd inning and follows with a run-scoring triple in the 4th both against Warren Spahn. The Cubs beat the Braves 5-1 at Wrigley Field. Ernaga is the second NL rookie to debut with a triple and homer; he will add just one more HR to his ML career total.
Apr 16, 1957 - Braves ace Warren Spahn retires the last 14 Cubs enroute to a 4-1 Opening Day victory over host Chicago. The loss win spoils the managerial debut of Cubs skipper Bob Scheffing as well as the debut of the Cubs new blue pinstriped uniforms their first pin stripes in 25 years.
Sep 18, 1956 - The Braves edge the Pirates 6-4 to move within .001 of Brooklyn. Warren Spahn saves the game with a 9th inning relief appearance and Billy Bruton makes a spectacular catch to preserve the win with 2 on.
Sep 13, 1956 - In both ends of a doubleheader Hank Aaron has the game-winning hit as the Braves sweep a pair from the Phillies 3-2 in 13 innings and 4-3 in 12 innings. Warren Spahn is the winner in the nitecap his 200th career victory. The sweep moves Milwaukee 2 games ahead of Brooklyn and 3 games up on Cincinnati.
Sep 1, 1956 - Sparked by Warren Spahn's 2-hit pitching and the clutch hitting of Adcock the Braves beat the Cards 3-1. Adcock has 3 RBIs. Despite the win the Braves lead is cut to 2 games as the Dodgers sweep a pair from the Giants.
May 25, 1954 - Warren Spahn tops the Reds 3-1 for his 10th straight win over Cincy. It is a team record that will be broken by Spahn in 10 years. He helps his own cause with a homer off loser Herm Wehmeier. It is the Braves 8th win in a row.
Apr 15, 1954 - Vic Raschi makes his NL debut but the host Braves knock the Cardinal vet out of the game. Harvey Haddix in relief takes the loss 7-6 with Warren Spahn the winner for the Braves. Hank Aaron has his first hit as he goes 2-for-5.
Jul 14, 1953 - The NL wins its 4th All-Star Game in a row 5-1 in Cincinnati's Crosley Field behind the stellar pitching of Robin Roberts and Warren Spahn. Cardinal OF Enos Slaughter gets 2 hits scores twice and robs Harvey Kuenn of an extra-base blow.
Jun 13, 1953 - The Braves score a run in the 9th to trip the Pirates 5-4 and tie for the lead with the idle Dodgers. Lew Burdette in relief of Warren Spahn wins his 5th game defeating Paul LaPalme.
Jun 14, 1952 - Warren Spahn of the Braves ties the NL record of Jim Whitney (set on this date 68 years ago) with 18 strikeouts against the Cubs in a 15-inning complete game effort. Hal Jeffcoat's 2-run triple wins it 3-1 for the Cubs while Spahn's HR is the only Boston score. The Braves manage just 4 hits.
Apr 15, 1952 - In the last home opener in Braves Field in Boston 4694 fans watch Warren Spahn lose 3-2 to Brooklyn's Preacher Roe. Campanella's bases-loaded single in the 5th gives the Dodgers the go-ahead run.
Sep 29, 1951 - The Giants and Dodgers both win on shutouts to stay tied. New York tops the Warren Spahn and the Braves 3-0 on Maglie's 23rd win and Don Newcombe shuts out the Phillies 5-0 for his 20th victory. Campy and Pafko homer as Robin Roberts takes the Phils loss.
Sep 25, 1951 - The Dodgers continue to slide. After the Dodgers lose 2 out of 3 in Philadelphia Boston sweeps 2 from Brooklyn. Warren Spahn wins the opener 6-3 over Branca his 4th straight loss and Jim Wilson coasts to a 14-2 three-hit win in the 2nd game. Earl Torgeson drives in 6 runs in the nitecap. Meanwhile the Giants win 5-1 over Robin Roberts and the Phils to move a single game in back of the Dodgers.
Sep 13, 1951 - The Cards play a rare doubleheader-the first in the 20th century-with 2 different teams defeating the Giants 6-4 in the first game in the afternoon when they score six runs against Sal Maglie in the 2nd inning. The Giants contest is a makeup game. In the nitecap against the Braves the Cards manage just one hit-by pitcher Al Brazle-in losing to Warren Spahn 2-0. The Cards total attendance is 8865-4160 for the Giants and 4705 for the Braves.
Sep 5, 1951 - After a day off the Giants sweep two games in Boston winning 3-2 and 9-1. In the opener Sheldon Jones scatters six hits to beat Warren Spahn. Spahn allows just 5 hits in his attempt to become the NL's first 19-game winner. The Giants tally 13 hits in the second game to help Sal Maglie win his first-ever victory against Boston.
Aug 19, 1951 - In Boston the Braves score 5 in the 6th and roll over the Dodgers 13-4. Warren Spahn picks up his 15th win and his 21st complete game. A 2nd-inning homer by Willard Marshall off Ralph Branca starts the scoring.
Aug 7, 1951 - The Phils shut out the Braves 1-0 in 15 innings in the 2nd game of a doubleheader as reliever Ken Heintzelman bests Warren Spahn also in relief. The Phils capture the opener 3-1 on Robin Roberts' 15th win.
Aug 31, 1950 - Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hits 4 HRs and a single driving in 9 runs in the Dodgers 19-3 rout of the Boston Braves in Ebbets Field. Hodges' 17 total bases is the most since 1894. Gil's first homer is a 2-run shot off loser Warren Spahn in the 2nd inning then a 3-run homer in the 3rd off Norman Roy another 2-run homer off Bob Hall in the 6th and a 2-run shot off Johnny Antonelli in the 8th. Carl Furillo is on base for each of the home runs. Erskine is the winner of the rout. Hodges had 4 long hits on June 25 last year the first Dodger to twice have 4 extra base hits in a game.
Jun 2, 1950 - Behind the 5-hit pitching of bonus baby Bill MacDonald (2-0) the Pirates beat the Braves 5-4 to stop a 9-game hitting streak. Gene Mauch homers and drives in 3 runs for Boston while Ralph Kiner hits his 10th of the year off Warren Spahn.
Jul 16, 1949 - At Boston Warren Spahn hits a 2-run homer and hurls the Braves to a 6-1 win over the Cubs. Pete Reiser paces the 12-hit attack on the Bruins with 4 hits. Jeff Heath making his 1st appearance since fracturing his ankle last September is 1-for-5.
Jun 15, 1949 - Rookie OF Dino Restelli joins the Pirates from San Francisco (PCL) and hits a pair of home runs to beat the Braves 8-7. His first homer with a man on comes off Warren Spahn and his 2nd a 2 run shot in the 9th of Hogue is part of a 4 run inning. Restelli will hit 7 HRs in his first 39 at bats and will finish with 12 hitting .250 in 72 games. He'll be out of the league next year.
Sep 22, 1948 - The Cards slow the Braves winning 8-2 the first loss by Boston in 9 games. Stan Musial is a one-man wrecking crew going 5-for-5 with a double and his 38th homer of the year as Warren Spahn takes the loss. Al Brazle is the winner. Enos Slaughter has his nose broken by a line drive off the bat of teammate Nippy Jones.
Sep 6, 1948 - The Boston Braves increase its lead to 4 games as Warren Spahn lasts 14 innings to beat Da Bums 2-1. Spahn twice picks off Jackie Robinson in his 5-hitter. In the 7-inning nitecap Johnny Sain wins 4-0. Salkeld and McCormick bat out of turn 3 times in game 2 and not till the latter's single in the 5th is the irregularity noticed. The umps then rule he's out of turn and he loses his hit; Salkeld's 2 earlier hits stand. The crowd of 40000 pushes the Braves attendance over the 1.3 million mark a new high. Spahn and Sain will start 11 of the next 16 games.
Sep 1, 1948 - The host Braves split a pair with the Reds as Johnny Vander Meer bests Warren Spahn 3-1 in the opener. Glenn Elliott just up from the AAA Brewers is awarded the victory in the 11-1 nitecap even though he pitches just 3 innings. Elliott collides with Ted Kluszewski while running to 1B and is injured after pitching his only innings of 1948. Reliever Clyde Shoun throws the last 6 innings.
Sep 21, 1947 - Braves ace Warren Spahn delays the Dodgers' clinching the pennant by shutting them out 4-0 for his 20th win.
May 30, 1947 - In the first of two Earl Torgeson of the Braves does not record a single putout at 1B a record of idleness shared in the NL by Rip Collins (twice) and Dolf Camilli of the Phillies in 1937. Later Gary Thomasson and Len Matuszek will have zero putouts in a full game at 1B. Torgy does have one chance but muffs a popup. Torgeson scores a pair as Warren Spahn wins his 8th in a row 6-3. Red Barrett then shuts out the Dodgers in game 2 3-0 dropping Brooklyn to 4th place. The Braves pull off a double steal in each game and each time it is Stanky's high throw to the plate that allows it. Boston is now in 3rd place a game behind the Giants.
May 9, 1947 - Heralded Giant rookie Clint Hartung makes his first pitching appearance and throws 6 shutout innings of relief against the Braves. He will start 20 games and compile his best season at 9-7. He will also play 7 games in the OF and bat .309 for the year. But the Braves win today 6-2 behind Warren Spahn.
Sep 26, 1942 - Youngsters admitted free for bringing scrap metal to aid the war effort get restless and invade the field at the Polo Grounds in the 8th inning of the 2nd game with the Giants leading 5-2. Umpire Ziggy Sears forfeits the game 9-0 to the Braves. Boston P Warren Spahn is not charged with a decision although he was losing at the time of the forfeit. But he is given credit for a complete game his only one in 4 appearances for the year. Carl Hubbell wins the opener 6-4.
Jul 8, 1941 - Warren Spahn 19 pitches his 4th shutout in a row as Evansville (Three I) edges Madison 1-0.