Johnny Sain was born in Havana. It was 1917. OK, it wasn’t Cuba. But today in baseball that wouldn’t be unheard of. It was Arkansas.
He is best known for teaming up with Warren Spahn on the Boston Braves. He was with the Braves from 1946 to 1951.
Here are a couple of quick highlights:
- Born September 25, 1917 in Havana, Arkansas.
- Died November 7, 2006.
- A right handed pitcher.
- MVP in 1948 in the Braves’ pennant winning season. He led the NL in wins, complete games and innings pitched.
- He later became one the top pitching coaches in the majors.
- Pitched for 11 years. He won 136 games. He lost 116. His combined ERA was 3.49.
- His best years were after World War II. He won 100 games for the Braves.
- He was traded to the New York Yankees (Boo Hiss!!!) in 1951.
Probably too bad much of his good stuff is lost against the backdrop of Warren Spahn but he was great.