Warren Spahn Net Worth

How much was Warren Spahn worth?

Net Worth:$5 Million
Profession:Professional Baseball Player
Date of Birth:April 23, 1921
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.82 m

About Warren Spahn

American professional baseball player Warren Spahn had a net worth of $5 million dollars at the time of his death, in 2003. Spahn played in Major League Baseball as a left-handed pitcher in 1942 and then from 1946 until 1965, most notably for the Boston Braves, who became the Milwaukee Braves after the team moved west before the 1953 season.
  • Born: April 23, 1921
  • Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Died: Nov. 24, 2003
  • Height: 6-foot
  • Weight: 172 pounds
  • Bats: Left
  • Throws: Left
  • Family: Wife, LoRene; son, Greg
  • Primary position: Starting pitcher

Before the bigs:

  • Led his high school team to two city championships and went undefeated his last two years, including a no-hitter his senior season.
  • Most scouts thought he was too skinny, but the Boston Braves signed him to a contract for $80 per month. Spahn turned down a scholarship offer to Cornell.
  • First season was in 1940 in the PONY League with the Bradford Bees, but it ended prematurely when Spahn tore tendons in his shoulder. Had more bad luck the following year when he was sidelined when an errant teammate’s throw struck him in the face, causing a broken and permanently disfigured nose.
  • For Evansville in the Three-I League, he had league-highs of 19 wins, seven shutouts and an ERA of 1.83. At one point he threw 42 consecutive scoreless innings.
  • Enlisted in the U.S. Army in World War II in 1942. He was there until returning home in May 1946 when the Braves immediately placed him on their roster at age of 25.

Career Highlights:

  • One of the best left-handed pitchers of all-time. In a 21-year career, mostly with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves, he won 363 games (sixth all-time), losing 245. He recorded 2,583 strikeouts and pitched 5,242 innings with a career ERA of 3.09.
  • During a 15-year stretch from 1949-63, Spahn won at least 20 games in all but three seasons. Led the NL in wins in eight seasons.
  • When he retired after the 1965 season, his strikeout total was the highest ever by a left-handed pitcher. Led the league in strikeouts four consecutive seasons (1949-52) and finished among the top 10 nine other years. His best was 191 in the 1950 season.
  • Spahn also allowed 434 home runs in his career, seventh-most in major league history.
  • Durable and dependable, he started at least 32 games for 17 years. Recorded 382 complete games and led the league in that category nine times, including seven consecutive seasons (1957-63) with between 18 and 23 complete games.
  • Despite his model of excellence and consistency, he only won one Cy Young Award. That was in 1957, when he garnered 94 percent of the vote. He was second three times (1958, 1960, 1961) and third once (1956).
  • Was named to the National League All-Star team 17 times, including a stretch from 1949 to 1963 where he was a participant in 13 of 15 seasons, including both games in 1959, 1961 and 1962, when the league played two All-Star games.
  • Spahn was also a good-hitter for a pitcher and still holds the NL record for career home runs with 35.
  • Spahn appeared in his game seven days after the Braves put him on their roster in early June 1946. In his first start on July 14, Spahn beat Pittsburgh. Went 8-5 with a 2.94 ERA as a rookie.
  • Blossomed into a dominant starter in 1947, recording 21 wins, the first of a major-league record 13 times that he won 20 games or more. He also led the NL in ERA, the first of three seasons (1953 and 1961) that he accomplished the feat.
  • In 1948, with teammate Johnny Sain posting a 24-15 mark and Spahn going 15-12, a popular poem was written by a Boston Post sports editor which would be later condensed to “Spahn and Sain and Pray for Rain.” The poem was composed shortly after the Braves duo went an incredible 8-0 in a 12-game stretch that included rainouts.
  • Threw the first of his two no-hitters at age 39. The second came the following year on April 28, five days after his 40th birthday.
  • At age of 42 in 1963, Spahn enjoyed one of his best seasons, going 23-7 while leading the NL in complete games (22) and posting a 3.04 ERA.
  • Went 6-13 in 1964, only his second losing season in 19 years with the Braves. He was sold to the New York Mets, where he also served as the team’s pitching coach. He was 4-12 in 1965 for New York before being traded late in the season to the San Francisco Giants, where he went 3-4 with a 3.39 ERA to end his career at age 44.

After retirement:

  • Was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 in his first season of eligibility, garnering 83 percent of the vote.
  • Managed the Triple-A Tulsa Oilers for five seasons, winning 372 games from 1967 to 1971. His 1968 club won the Pacific Coast League title.
  • Later was a pitching coach with the Cleveland Indians and a California Angels minor-league team.
  • The Braves retired his No. 21 jersey in 1965.
  • Was selected for the all-time All-Star baseball team by Sports Illustrated in 1991 as the left-handed pitcher.
  • Is enshrined in the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame (1973) and is a charter member of both the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame (1985) and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame (1991).
  • Died of natural causes at his home in Broken Arrow, Okla. in 2003 at age 82.

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