That’s how many pitches were thrown by 42-year-old Warren Spahn 48 years ago today. On the 262nd, Willie Mays homered to break a scoreless tie. In the bottom of the 16th.
“He ought to will his body to medical science,” said Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell, who was in attendance at Candlestick Park for the epic duel won by Juan Marichal, who hurled 16 shutout innings.
Speaking of Hall of Famers, there were seven in this game. The Cooperstown-bound moundsmen fared best; Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Mays, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda were a combined 4-for-26 against Marichal and Spahn.
That may all sound impressive but, in Spahn’s case, it really wasn’t. The Buffalo-born southpaw recorded only two strikeouts, and, according to advanced metrics, he should’ve given up 6 runs and 18 hits.
What a joke. If Spahn, who averaged 4.4 K’s/9 innings in his career, pitched today he’d get zero respect from the statistically inclined.
Postscript: Five days later, Spahn shut out the Houston Colts. And yes, he went the distance.