Warren Spahn becomes third lefty to reach 300-win mark
The Milwaukee Braves left-hander had collected a ball representing each of his major league victories, all labeled with the date, the opposing club and the score of the game.
The newest ball marked a special milestone: Spahn had just recorded his 300th career win, as the Braves defeated the Chicago Cubs 2-1 at County Stadium.
“I have every victory ball,” Spahn told the Associated Press after the game. “But I have to admit that four are not legitimate. I don’t have three because of game-winning homers and I missed another on a last inning hit by [Hank] Aaron.”
“First of all, I want to win 20 this year,” he said. “Then I’ll be back next year. I’m going to stay active as long as possible.”
The left-hander would achieve that goal, recording 21 wins to mark his 12th 20-win season.
When asked if he thought he could reach 400 career wins, Spahn was a bit more skeptical.
“Well, maybe I’ll try for 400,” he said. “But it seems awfully far away right now.”
Spahn did not ultimately reach 400, a mark that’s only been attained by Cy Young and Walter Johnson. But he did wrap up his 21-year career with the most wins ever by a left-hander, retiring at 44 years old with 363 victories.
Spahn was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973.
Janey Murray was the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum