Monday, August 03, 2015

A piece of trivia associated with Warren Spahn

Within a post titled 12 Mind Blowing Baseball Statistics is mention that Warren Spahn had the same number of career base hits as career wins (363).

The article mentioned that Spahn batted below .200.

One recalls game 1 of the 1958 World Series, won by Spahn (pitching 10 innings), by a score of 4-3. A key hit in the game was delivered by Spahn. With two out in the fourth inning, Spahn singled off Whitey Ford, driving in Del Crandall and putting the Braves up 2-1. Spahn also singled in the ninth. Spahn was 2-4 in the game, striking out once. There were 13 Braves strikeouts in the game, headed by Eddie Mathews with three.

Overall, Spahn was 4-12 in the 1958 series, coming out at .333, above Eddie Mathhews 0.160. Spahn had three rbi's. The Braves total for the series was 24. In the 1958 Series, Spahn had twice as many hits (4) as wins (2).

[Spahn did a great job in the 1958 World Series. Bob Turley was incredible, coming back after a sound thrashing in game 2, in which Turley only faced 5 batters, of which only Eddie Matthews was retired (strikeout). Both Spahn and Turley posted records of 2-1. Lew Burdette homered off Turley's replacement Duke Maas in the first.]

Of Spahn's 363 hits, 35 were home runs (9.6%),

For Mickey Mantle, the numbers are 536/2415 (22.2%). For Hank Aaron, 755/3771 ( 20.0% ). For Yogi Berra, 358/2150 (16.7%).
For Al Kaline, 399/3007 (13.3%). For Bill Bruton, 94/1651 ( 5.7% )


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