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Warren Spahn of the Boston Braves 1949 Bowman Reprint Baseball Card

Warren Spahn was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1921. His major league career began in 1942 with the Braves and he spent all but one year with that franchise, first in Boston and then in Milwaukee. He finished his career in 1965 with the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants. Spahn won more games than any other lefty (363) and is the fifth winningest pitcher in MLB, trailing only Cy Young (511), Walter Johnson (417), Grover Cleveland Alexander (373), and Christy Mathewson (373) on the all-time list.

Spahn also threw two no-hitters, won 3 ERA titles, and appeared in 14 All-Star Games, the most of any pitcher in the 20th century.

The United States, heavily involved in World War II by that time, required substantial manpower for the war effort. Spahn chose to enlist in the United States Army, along with many other major leaguers. He served with distinction, and was awarded Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star for bravery. He saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and at the Ludendorff Bridge (the famous bridge at Remagen) as a combat engineer, and was awarded a battlefield commission. He was the only one of major league baseball's military who earned a battlefield commission, and along with Yogi Berra the most famous to see combat.

Spahn returned the major leagues in 1946 at the age of 25, having missed 3 full seasons. Had he played, it is possible that Spahn would have finished his career behind only Cy Young in all-time Wins.

Warren Spahn Bowman 1949 Reprint Baseball Card

1949 Bowman Warren Spahn Reprint Card

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

"I'm probably the only guy who worked for Stengel before and after he was a genius".--

Warren Spahn

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