Warren Spahn

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Warren Spahn, LHP

 

Career: 1942-65, Braves, Mets, Giants
Fun fact: Didn't get the first win until age 25


Six straight 20-victory seasons en route to the record (363) for a left-hander. But individual games tell the story: 18 strikeouts in a 15-inning game against the Cubs; the famous 16-inning, 1-0 loss to 25-year-old Juan Marichal when Spahn was 42; no-hitters at 39 and 40.

Led the NL in strikeouts four straight years with a fastball Johnny Mize said "does tricks as it reaches the plate."

Previous rank: 46

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