Johnny Sain Stats

Johnny Sain was born on Tuesday, September 25, 1917, in Havana, Arkansas. Sain was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 24, 1942, with the Boston Braves. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Johnny Sain baseball stats page.

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"I've always felt a lot of pitching coaches made a living out of running pitchers so they wouldn't have to spend that same time teaching them how to pitch." - Johnny Sain (Jenifer Langosch, 11/08/2006, 'Former pitcher, coach Sain dies at 89', Source ))

Johnny Sain

Johnny Sain Autograph on a 1954 Topps Archive Baseball Card (#205)

Johnny Sain Autograph on a 1954 Topps Archive Baseball Card (#205)

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Birth Name:
John Franklin Sain
Nickname:
Johnny or Man of a Thousand Curves
Born On:
09-25-1917  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Havana, Arkansas
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-07-2006 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Downers Grove, Illinois
Cemetery:
Havana Cemetery, Havana, Arkansas
High School:
Havana High School (Havana, AR)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
04-24-1942 (Age 24)
Last Game:
07-15-1955
Draft:
Not Applicable

Johnny Sain

Johnny Sain Pitching Stats

1942 25 Braves 40 3 24 4 7 .364 3.90 0 0 6 97.0 423 79 42 54 8 63 2 68 4 5 1 -
1946 29 Braves 37 34 2 20 14 .588 2.21 24 3 2 265.0 1,086 225 65 80 8 87 8 129 3 2 2 -
1947 30 Braves 38 35 3 21 12 .636 3.52 22 3 1 266.0 1,131 265 104 117 19 79 9 132 3 4 0 -
1948 31 Braves 42 39 3 24 15 .615 2.60 28 4 1 314.2 1,313 297 91 105 19 83 4 137 2 5 0 -
1949 32 Braves 37 36 1 10 17 .370 4.81 16 1 0 243.0 1,072 285 130 150 15 75 4 73 1 4 0 -
1950 33 Braves 37 37 0 20 13 .606 3.94 25 3 0 278.1 1,178 294 122 139 34 70 5 96 5 2 3 -
1951 34 Braves 26 22 2 5 13 .278 4.21 6 1 1 160.1 711 195 75 88 16 45 4 63 0 3 0 -
1951 34 Yankees 7 4 2 2 1 .667 4.14 1 0 1 37.0 155 41 17 17 5 8 0 21 0 0 0 -
1952 35 Yankees 35 16 15 11 6 .647 3.46 8 0 7 148.1 620 149 57 70 15 38 3 57 0 2 0 -
1953 36 Yankees 40 19 19 14 7 .667 3.00 10 1 9 189.0 780 189 63 68 16 45 1 84 2 3 1 -
1954 37 Yankees 45 0 39 6 6 .500 3.16 0 0 22 77.0 310 66 27 27 11 15 3 33 0 0 1 -
1955 38 Yankees 3 0 1 0 0 .000 6.75 0 0 0 5.1 22 6 4 4 4 1 0 5 0 0 0 -
1955 38 Athletics 25 0 13 2 5 .286 5.44 0 0 1 44.2 197 54 27 28 10 10 4 12 0 0 0 -
11 Years 412 245 124 139 116 .545 3.49 140 16 51 2,125.2 8,998 2,145 824 947 180 619 47 910 20 30 8 -

Johnny Sain

Johnny Sain Hitting Stats

1942 25 Braves 40 27 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 - 0 1 .074 .107 .074
1946 29 Braves 40 94 6 28 2 1 0 0 17 0 0 0 10 - 0 2 .298 .298 .340
1947 30 Braves 40 107 13 37 7 0 0 0 18 3 0 1 8 - 0 2 .346 .364 .411
1948 31 Braves 43 115 11 25 3 1 0 0 16 1 0 3 16 - 0 4 .217 .224 .261
1949 32 Braves 39 97 10 20 3 0 0 0 3 2 0 2 3 - 0 2 .206 .222 .237
1950 33 Braves 37 102 9 21 2 0 1 0 15 6 0 3 7 - 1 2 .206 .257 .255
1951 34 Braves 26 52 4 11 2 0 1 0 4 1 0 3 4 - 1 6 .212 .241 .308
1951 34 Yankees 7 14 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 .286 .286 .357
1952 35 Yankees 47 71 4 19 4 1 1 0 14 3 0 5 1 - 0 1 .268 .297 .394
1953 36 Yankees 41 68 8 17 3 1 0 0 8 5 0 1 4 - 0 4 .250 .301 .324
1954 37 Yankees 45 17 1 6 1 0 0 0 5 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 .353 .421 .412
1955 38 Yankees 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1955 38 Athletics 25 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
11 Years 433 774 69 190 28 4 3 0 101 24 0 20 56 0 2 25 .245 .270 .304

Johnny Sain

Johnny Sain Fielding Stats

1942 Braves P 40 3 291 26 0.7 26 1 25 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.41
1946 Braves P 37 34 795 82 2.2 81 20 61 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.75
1947 Braves P 38 35 798 69 1.8 66 11 55 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.23
1948 Braves P 42 39 944 71 1.7 69 21 48 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .972 1.97
1949 Braves P 37 36 729 52 1.4 49 14 35 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .942 1.81
1950 Braves P 37 37 835 60 1.6 56 14 42 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .933 1.81
1951 Braves P 26 22 481 42 1.6 41 13 28 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.30
1951 Yankees P 7 4 111 11 1.6 11 1 10 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.68
1952 Yankees P 35 16 445 36 1.0 33 15 18 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .917 2.00
1953 Yankees P 40 19 567 42 1.1 40 8 32 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .952 1.90
1954 Yankees P 45 0 231 17 0.4 17 6 11 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.99
1955 Yankees P 3 0 16 1 0.3 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.69
1955 Athletics P 25 0 134 8 0.3 8 3 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.61
P Totals 412 245 6,377 517 1.3 498 127 371 19 18 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.11
11 Years 412 245 6,377 517 1.3 498 127 371 19 18 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.11

Johnny Sain

Johnny Sain Miscellaneous Stats

1942 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 27.0 27.0 1.08 6.31 5.85
1946 Braves 0 0 .000 2 1 n/a 0.0 0.0 5.5 1.48 4.38 2.95
1947 Braves 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 107.0 5.9 1.67 4.47 2.67
1948 Braves 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 38.3 7.2 1.65 3.92 2.37
1949 Braves 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 48.5 32.3 0.97 2.70 2.78
1950 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 102.0 34.0 6.8 1.37 3.10 2.26
1951 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 52.0 17.3 13.0 1.40 3.54 2.53
1951 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.63 5.11 1.95
1952 Yankees 0 0 .000 14 0 n/a 71.0 14.2 5.1 1.50 3.46 2.31
1953 Yankees 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 68.0 8.5 1.87 4.00 2.14
1954 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 17.0 3.4 2.20 3.86 1.75
1955 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.00 8.44 1.69
1955 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.20 2.42 2.01
11 Years 0 0 .000 22 1 n/a 258.0 38.7 7.7 1.47 3.85 2.62

Johnny Sain

Johnny Sain Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1942 Boston Braves 28 Undetermined - -
1946 Boston Braves 33 Undetermined - -
1947 Boston Braves 33 Undetermined Stats -
1948 Boston Braves 33 Undetermined Stats Stats
1949 Boston Braves 33 Undetermined - -
1950 Boston Braves 33 $25,000.00 - -
1951 Boston Braves 33 Undetermined - Stats
1951 New York Yankees 11 Undetermined - Stats
1952 New York Yankees 11 Undetermined - Stats
1953 New York Yankees 11 Undetermined Stats Stats
1954 New York Yankees 11 Undetermined - -
1955 New York Yankees 11 Undetermined - -
1955 Kansas City Athletics 14 Undetermined - -
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Did you know that Johnny Sain - who went 20-14 in 1946 , 21-12 in 1947 , and 24-15 in 1948 - was the first Braves ' pitcher in franchise history to record three consecutive twenty-win seasons? Too easy:

Did you know Johnny Sain started 245 games and threw 140 complete games, 57.1% of the games he pitched in (try to find a modern pitcher who has completed 5% of their games)?

Did you know Johnny Sain had 774 at-bats across four-hundred thirty-three games and struck out only 20 times in his entire career?

Did you know Johnny Sain once threw nine complete games in a 29 day span? Compare that to the complete game year-by-year leaders to see each pitcher who led their entire league across the entire season?

Did you know Johnny Sain won three World Series rings as a pitcher ( 1951 , 1952 , 1953 ) and three additional World Series rings as a coach ( 1961 , 1962 , 1968 )?

Did you know Johnny Sain spent 14 years as a pitching coach and helped sixteen 20-game winners, and four times his skipper won the Manager of the Year Award ?

Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain
Warren Spahn & Johnny Sain | Twin Peaks California Oranges Advertisement | [ Spahn & Sain ]
Baseball Almanac came online in 1999 and one of the first baseball poems we ever researched and preserved online was Spahn & Sain . During the 1948 season, Warren Spahn threw a 14-inning complete game win on Labor Day [ box score ]. During game two of the doubleheader [ box score ], Sain threw a complete game shutout which ended in the seventh inning due to rain. That was September 7th, and the remaining home games versus the Dodgers were rained out. When the Braves took the field again, it was in Philadelphia - four days later - and Sain pitched a complete game 3-1 victory [ box score ] followed by a complete game 13-2 win [ box score ] by Warren Spahn on the same day.

After The Man of a Thousand Curves hung up his cleats, he moved into the dugout and put on a new uniform - pitching coach. Admired and successful, Johnny believed a pitching coach should "mentor, don't dictate; emphasize the positive; avoid harping on the struggles; give advice and suggestions, but never orders." The coaching philosophy worked as he served as the Kansas City Athletics Pitching Coach in 1959, New York Yankees Pitching Coach from 1961 through 1963, the Minnesota Twins Pitching Coach from 1965 through 1966, Detroit Tigers Pitching Coach from 1967 through 1969, the Chicago White Sox Pitching Coach from 1971 through 1975, the Atlanta Braves Pitching Coach in 1977 and from 1985 through 1986. While with the Yankees Sain coached Jim Bouton , who said, "Johnny Sain is the greatest pitching coach -- ever. I admire him more than any man I've ever met. All players like him: white, black, conservative, liberal, loud, quiet, they all do. Johnny Sain gets a pitcher's allegiance before any manager."

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