Warren Spahn Stats

Warren Spahn was born on Saturday, April 23, 1921, in Buffalo, New York. Spahn was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 19, 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 Warren Spahn baseball stats page.

"He's beyond comparison with any modern lefthander. He has beaten every handicap - the live ball, second division teams. No one can ever say anything to deny his greatness." - Casey Stengel in Winningest Pitchers: Baseball's 300-game Winners (Rich Westcott, Temple Univ Publishing, July 2002, Page 108) [ Warren Spahn Quotes ]
Warren Spahn

Warren Spahn Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#147 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Warren Spahn Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#147 | Checklist )

Birth Name:
Warren Edward Spahn
Nickname:
Spahnie or The Invincible One
Born On:
04-23-1921  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Buffalo, New York
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-24-2003 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Cemetery:
Elmwood Cemetery, Hartshorne, Oklahoma Click For Grave Photo
High School:
South Park High School (Buffalo, NY)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
04-19-1942 (Age 20)
Last Game:
10-01-1965
Draft:
Not Applicable
Warren Spahn

Warren Spahn Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1942 21 Braves 4 2 0 0 0 .000 5.74 1 0 0 15.2 79 25 10 15 0 11 0 7 0 0 0 -
1946 25 Braves 24 16 7 8 5 .615 2.94 8 0 1 125.2 514 107 41 46 6 36 2 67 4 1 0 -
1947 26 Braves 40 35 4 21 10 .677 2.33 22 7 3 289.2 1,174 245 75 87 15 84 4 123 5 1 0 -
1948 27 Braves 36 35 1 15 12 .556 3.71 16 3 1 257.0 1,064 237 106 115 19 77 4 114 4 1 0 -
1949 28 Braves 38 38 0 21 14 .600 3.07 25 4 0 302.1 1,258 283 103 125 27 86 6 151 4 3 0 -
1950 29 Braves 41 39 2 21 17 .553 3.16 25 1 1 293.0 1,217 248 103 123 22 111 5 191 8 1 0 -
1951 30 Braves 39 36 3 22 14 .611 2.98 26 7 0 310.2 1,289 278 103 111 20 109 6 164 7 1 1 -
1952 31 Braves 40 35 5 14 19 .424 2.98 19 5 3 290.0 1,190 263 96 109 19 73 9 183 5 6 0 -
1953 32 Braves 35 32 3 23 7 .767 2.10 24 5 3 265.2 1,055 211 62 75 14 70 13 148 3 1 2 -
1954 33 Braves 39 34 2 21 12 .636 3.14 23 1 3 283.1 1,175 262 99 107 24 86 16 136 3 1 1 -
1955 34 Braves 39 32 7 17 14 .548 3.26 16 1 1 245.2 1,025 249 89 99 25 65 4 110 4 2 0 -
1956 35 Braves 39 35 3 20 11 .645 2.78 20 3 3 281.1 1,113 249 87 92 25 52 12 128 7 3 0 -
1957 36 Braves 39 35 4 21 11 .656 2.69 18 4 3 271.0 1,111 241 81 94 23 78 4 111 2 2 0 -
1958 37 Braves 38 36 1 22 11 .667 3.07 23 2 1 290.0 1,176 257 99 106 29 76 7 150 2 2 1 -
1959 38 Braves 40 36 3 21 15 .583 2.96 21 4 0 292.0 1,203 282 96 106 21 70 9 143 2 1 0 -
1960 39 Braves 40 33 5 21 10 .677 3.50 18 4 2 267.2 1,110 254 104 114 24 74 9 154 1 4 0 -
1961 40 Braves 38 34 3 21 13 .618 3.02 21 4 0 262.2 1,064 236 88 96 24 64 1 115 4 4 0 -
1962 41 Braves 34 34 0 18 14 .563 3.04 22 0 0 269.1 1,088 248 91 97 25 55 4 118 4 3 0 -
1963 42 Braves 33 33 0 23 7 .767 2.60 22 7 0 259.2 1,037 241 75 85 23 49 4 102 4 0 0 -
1964 43 Braves 38 25 11 6 13 .316 5.29 4 1 4 173.2 759 204 102 110 23 52 4 78 6 2 0 -
1965 44 Mets 20 19 1 4 12 .250 4.36 5 0 0 126.0 543 140 61 70 18 35 1 56 1 2 0 -
1965 44 Giants 16 11 2 3 4 .429 3.39 3 0 0 71.2 303 70 27 34 8 21 1 34 1 1 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
21 Years 750 665 67 363 245 .597 3.09 382 63 29 5,243.2 21,547 4,830 1,798 2,016 434 1,434 125 2,583 81 42 5 -
Warren Spahn

Warren Spahn Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1942 21 Braves 4 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
1946 25 Braves 24 43 3 7 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 14 2 0 1 1 .163 .200 .186
1947 26 Braves 41 98 6 16 2 1 0 0 6 6 0 29 8 0 0 0 .163 .212 .204
1948 27 Braves 37 90 10 15 3 0 1 0 7 6 0 24 7 0 0 2 .167 .219 .233
1949 28 Braves 40 111 11 18 0 0 2 0 10 4 0 27 5 0 0 1 .162 .191 .216
1950 29 Braves 41 106 7 23 0 0 1 0 13 6 0 33 5 0 1 1 .217 .265 .245
1951 30 Braves 42 116 8 22 6 1 1 0 18 6 0 27 4 0 0 0 .190 .230 .284
1952 31 Braves 52 112 10 18 2 1 2 0 9 4 0 23 2 0 0 0 .161 .190 .250
1953 32 Braves 38 105 6 23 5 0 2 0 12 1 0 22 5 0 0 1 .219 .226 .324
1954 33 Braves 41 101 4 21 6 0 1 0 10 7 0 17 3 0 1 2 .208 .266 .297
1955 34 Braves 40 81 7 17 1 1 4 0 14 4 0 20 3 0 0 1 .210 .247 .395
1956 35 Braves 39 105 8 22 3 0 3 0 10 4 0 32 2 0 0 3 .210 .239 .324
1957 36 Braves 39 94 3 13 2 1 2 0 8 4 0 25 3 2 0 3 .138 .170 .245
1958 37 Braves 41 108 10 36 6 1 2 0 15 7 0 24 4 1 2 0 .333 .381 .463
1959 38 Braves 40 104 11 24 1 0 2 0 8 3 0 28 1 4 0 2 .231 .243 .298
1960 39 Braves 40 95 10 14 2 0 3 0 7 5 0 26 2 2 0 3 .147 .186 .263
1961 40 Braves 39 94 13 21 7 0 4 0 15 7 0 33 2 2 1 1 .223 .279 .426
1962 41 Braves 36 98 3 18 3 0 2 0 9 5 0 30 3 0 0 1 .184 .223 .276
1963 42 Braves 33 90 7 16 4 0 2 0 6 5 0 24 4 1 0 0 .178 .219 .289
1964 43 Braves 39 59 2 11 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 10 1 1 0 1 .186 .183 .271
1965 44 Mets 21 35 0 4 1 0 0 0 2 7 0 12 2 0 1 0 .114 .279 .143
1965 44 Giants 16 21 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 5 0 1 0 0 .143 .208 .143
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
21 Years 783 1,872 141 363 57 6 35 0 189 94 0 487 68 14 7 23 .194 .234 .287
Warren Spahn

Warren Spahn Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1942 Braves P 4 2 47 3 0.8 3 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.72
1946 Braves P 24 16 377 20 0.8 18 2 16 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .900 1.29
1947 Braves P 40 35 869 54 1.4 53 5 48 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 1.65
1948 Braves P 36 35 771 57 1.6 56 4 52 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .982 1.96
1949 Braves P 38 38 907 59 1.6 55 14 41 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .932 1.64
1950 Braves P 41 39 879 72 1.8 64 9 55 8 3 n/a n/a n/a .889 1.97
1951 Braves P 39 36 932 60 1.5 57 7 50 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .950 1.65
1952 Braves P 40 35 870 79 2.0 74 18 56 5 4 n/a n/a n/a .937 2.30
1953 Braves P 35 32 797 69 2.0 65 12 53 4 7 n/a n/a n/a .942 2.20
1954 Braves P 39 34 850 73 1.9 69 12 57 4 4 n/a n/a n/a .945 2.19
1955 Braves P 39 32 737 60 1.5 57 13 44 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .950 2.09
1956 Braves P 39 35 844 58 1.5 57 16 41 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .983 1.82
1957 Braves P 39 35 813 65 1.7 65 18 47 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.16
1958 Braves P 38 36 870 80 2.1 78 11 67 2 7 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.42
1959 Braves P 40 36 876 62 1.6 59 14 45 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .952 1.82
1960 Braves P 40 33 803 76 1.9 73 14 59 3 7 n/a n/a n/a .961 2.45
1961 Braves P 38 34 788 81 2.1 79 16 63 2 7 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.71
1962 Braves P 34 34 808 69 2.0 68 13 55 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.27
1963 Braves P 33 33 779 85 2.6 82 11 71 3 8 n/a n/a n/a .965 2.84
1964 Braves P 38 25 521 46 1.2 40 4 36 6 2 n/a n/a n/a .870 2.07
1965 Mets P 20 19 378 30 1.5 29 4 25 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.07
1965 Giants P 16 11 215 21 1.3 20 4 16 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .952 2.51
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 750 665 15,731 1,279 1.7 1,221 222 999 58 82 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.10
21 Years 750 665 15,731 1,279 1.7 1,221 222 999 58 82 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.10
Warren Spahn

Warren Spahn Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1942 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 0.0 0.64 4.02 6.32
1946 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.1 10.8 1.86 4.80 2.58
1947 Braves 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 3.4 16.3 1.46 3.82 2.61
1948 Braves 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 90.0 3.8 12.9 1.48 3.99 2.70
1949 Braves 1 0 1.000 0 2 n/a 55.5 4.1 11.1 1.76 4.50 2.56
1950 Braves 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 106.0 3.2 8.2 1.72 5.87 3.41
1951 Braves 0 0 .000 0 3 n/a 116.0 4.3 6.4 1.50 4.75 3.16
1952 Braves 1 0 1.000 9 3 n/a 56.0 4.9 12.4 2.51 5.68 2.27
1953 Braves 0 0 .000 1 2 n/a 52.5 4.8 8.8 2.11 5.01 2.37
1954 Braves 0 0 .000 0 2 n/a 101.0 5.9 10.1 1.58 4.32 2.73
1955 Braves 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 20.3 4.1 5.8 1.69 4.03 2.38
1956 Braves 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 35.0 3.3 10.5 2.46 4.09 1.66
1957 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 47.0 3.8 11.8 1.42 3.69 2.59
1958 Braves 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 54.0 4.5 7.2 1.97 4.66 2.36
1959 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 52.0 3.7 13.0 2.04 4.41 2.16
1960 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 31.7 3.7 13.6 2.08 5.18 2.49
1961 Braves 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 23.5 2.8 6.3 1.80 3.94 2.19
1962 Braves 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 49.0 3.3 10.9 2.15 3.94 1.84
1963 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 45.0 3.8 15.0 2.08 3.54 1.70
1964 Braves 0 1 .000 1 0 n/a 59.0 5.9 11.8 1.50 4.04 2.69
1965 Mets 0 1 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 2.9 17.5 1.60 4.00 2.50
1965 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.2 21.0 1.62 4.27 2.64
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
21 Years 4 2 .667 18 15 n/a 53.5 3.8 9.9 1.80 4.43 2.46
Warren Spahn

Warren Spahn Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1942 Boston Braves 16 Undetermined - -
1946 Boston Braves 21 Undetermined - -
1947 Boston Braves 21 Undetermined Stats -
1948 Boston Braves 21 Undetermined - Stats
1949 Boston Braves 21 Undetermined Stats -
1950 Boston Braves 21 Undetermined Stats -
1951 Boston Braves 21 Undetermined Stats -
1952 Boston Braves 21 $25,000.00 Stats -
1953 Milwaukee Braves 21 $25,000.00 Stats -
1954 Milwaukee Braves 21 Undetermined Stats -
1955 Milwaukee Braves 21 Undetermined - -
1956 Milwaukee Braves 21 $50,000.00 Stats -
1957 Milwaukee Braves 21 $57,000.00 Stats Stats
1958 Milwaukee Braves 21 $65,000.00 Stats Stats
1959 Milwaukee Braves 21 $65,000.00 Stats -
1960 Milwaukee Braves 21 Undetermined - -
1961 Milwaukee Braves 21 Undetermined Stats -
1962 Milwaukee Braves 21 Undetermined Stats -
1963 Milwaukee Braves 21 $73,000.00 Stats -
1964 Milwaukee Braves 21 Undetermined - -
1965 New York Mets 21 Undetermined - -
1965 San Francisco Giants 21 Undetermined - -


Did you know Warren Spahn, who was named for President Warren Harding, won 363 games (#5 in the Top 1,000 / 13th member of the 300 Wins Club ), more than any other left-handed pitcher in Major League history?

Warren Spahn Hall of Fame Plaque
Warren Spahn | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1973 ( HOF )
The Warren Spahn Award , given to the Major Leagues' best left-handed pitcher, is named after Spahnie, who joined the Twenty-Wins Club thirteen times and threw two no-hitters. Baseball Almanac is honored to present these exclusive descriptions of those no-hitters researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), originally appearing in his book No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Warren Spahn', Page 201):

Warren Spahn (No Hitter No. 1) (Box Score: 09-16-1960 )

The fifth winningest pitcher ever to toe a big league rubber waited until he was 39 years old to pitch his first no-hitter. It came Friday September 16 on a humid, rainy night in Milwaukee before just 6,117 fans, the smallest crowd up to that point ever to attend a major league game at County Stadium.

The eighth place Phillies provided the opposition for the second place Braves. John Buzhardt was on the mound for the Phils. Spahn's record was 19-9.

The no-hitter came just 29 days after Spahn's teammate, Lew Burdette , had pitched a no-hit game against the very same Phillies.

In a magnificent performances, Spahn, mixing a live fastball with sharp breaking stuff, struck out 15 and walked two. He threw just 105 pitches, of which only 34 were balls. Only six balls were hit to the outfield.

Spahn fanned every batter in the Phillies' starting lineup except weak-hitting Bobby Malkmus at least once. He whiffed Tony Gonzalez three times.

The cocky southpaw breezed through the early innings, striking out six of the first nine hitters he faced. He retired Johnny Callison leading off the first on a fly to left, then got Malkmus on a grounder to short and Ken Walters swinging at a third strike.

Spahn struck out the side in the second, getting Pancho Herrera , Gonzalez and Cal Neeman to miss third strikes. His string of consecutive whiffs reached five in the third when he got Jim Woods on a 2-2 pitch leading off the inning. Ruben Amaro flew out to right to end the streak before Spahn fanned Buzhardt .

The perfect game was ruined in the fourth when Spahn issued a two-out walk to Walters . The runner was left stranded when Herrera hit a fly ball to center.

The Braves handed Spahn two runs in the bottom of the fourth when Hank Aaron singled and scored on Alvin Dark's triple. Dark came home on a sacrifice fly by Joe Adcock . Singles by Spahn, Bill Bruton and Eddie Mathews produced another run in the fifth. Milwaukee added its final run in the seventh when Bruton singled, stole second and came home aboard a single by Del Crandall .

Spahn issued his second walk in the fifth when he passed Neeman on a 3-1 pitch with one out. Neeman never advanced as Woods struck out and Amaro flew to right.

While he struck out at least two batters in five different innings, Spahn poured it on in the final innings. He fanned Herrera and Gonzalez in the seventh and pinch-hitters Tony Taylor and Lee Walls after one was out in the eighth.

In the ninth, Spahn got pinch-hitter Bobby Gene Smith to swing and miss a 1-2 pitch. Another pinch-hitter, Bobby Del Greco , fanned on three pitches for Spahn's fourth straight strikeout. Then Malkmus lined Spahn's first offering sharply back to the mound. The ball bounced off the pitcher's glove and skipped toward shortstop where Johnny Logan raced across the grass, swept up the ball and fired to first. The throw was slightly off-target, but an acrobatic split by the 6-foot, 4-inch Adcock nipped the runner by a half step.

Spahn finished his first no hitter as well as his 20th victory. He would finish the season 21-10.

Warren Spahn (No Hitter No. 2) (Box Score: 04-28-1961 )

Having pitched the first no-hitter of his long and distinguished career just five starts earlier, Warren Spahn became at the time the second oldest pitcher (behind Cy Young ) ever to hurl a no-hitter when he blanked the San Francisco Giants on a cold, snowy evening at County Stadium.

The temperature had dipped to seven degrees that morning in Milwaukee. It snowed during the day, and by game time the thermometer had risen only to 38 degrees. It was a night not fit for man nor beast, let alone a 40-year-old pitcher who was nearing the end of what would be a Hall of Fame career.

Just 8,518 showed up for the Friday April 28 game to watch the old master face Sam Jones and the first place Giants with their ball-crushing lineup led by future Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda and Felipe Alou .

After Spahn, making his third start of the season for the first place Braves and carrying a 1-1 record, retired the Giants in order in the top of the first, his teammates got him a lead in the bottom half that would stand up for the rest of the game. With one out, Frank Bolling singled. He went to second on a passed ball by Ed Bailey , and scored on Hank Aaron's sharp liner to right.

Spahn retired the next six Giants before walking Chuck Hiller on four straight pitches leading off the fourth. Harvey Kuenn was the next batter, and he bounced a Spahn screwball back to the mound, which the pitcher converted into a 1-6-3 double play.

The same situation occurred in the fifth inning when Spahn walked leadoff batter McCovey with four straight balls. Cepeda then grounded to Spahn, who again flipped to Roy McMillan who relayed to Joe Adcock for another 1-6-3 twin killing.

Spahn had little trouble the rest of the way. McMillan momentarily fumbled Jose Pagan's grounder while going far to his left in the sixth, and bobbled Kuenn's bouncer in the seventh, but both times he threw the runners out. On the next batter in the seventh, Spahn drew some added lunch when he struck out Mays on a screwball that he got up too high.

Good luck again prevailed in the ninth. On an 0-2 count, Bailey lifted a high pop foul near the Giants' dugout that Braves catcher Charley Lau dropped. Given a reprieve, Bailey fouled off four more pitches before finally striking out.

The next batter, the swift Matty Alou , dropped a textbook drag bunt down the first base line. Spahn, shunning fatigue, raced off the mound, scooped up the ball and made a back-handed throw to first that nipped Alou by one-half a step.

The last batter was pinch-hitter Joey Amalfitano , a pesky hitter who always bothered Spahn. But the lefty was up to the task this time. Amalfitano hit Spahn's first pitch for a two-bouncer to McMillan . The normally slick fielding shortstop juggled the ball briefly, but recovered in time to throw to Adcock for the final out.

Spahn had the second no-hitter of his career. He faced the minimum 27 batters, retiring five on strikeouts and walking two.

In his next outing, the ageless wonder pitched a two-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving up a misjudged fly ball for a hit in the third and a two-out single in the ninth. Spahn finished the season witha 21-13 record, making him a 20-game winner for the 12th season with one more yet to come.

Warren Spahn, No Hitter #2 Newspaper Clipping
Warren Spahn 2nd No Hitter ( Box Score ) | The Daily Republic | April 19, 1961
Warren Spahn served in the United States Army (from 1943 through 1945) during World War II, participated in the battle for the bridge at Remagen (and many other battles), was awarded a purple heart. The three time ERA Champion , four time Strikeout Champion , fourteen time All-Star was - as if he needed assistance - also immortalized in the Spahn & Sain poem (artwork / litho below).
Spahn and Sain
Spahn and Sain | Ron Lewis Litho | Baseball Almanac Collection

Last-Modified: April 23, 2019 3:05 AM EST

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