Spahn’s 300th, 52 years ago tonight

On Aug. 11, 1961, 40,775 Milwaukee fans watched 40-year-old Warren Spahn become the first, and last, pitcher of the modern era to win 300 games as a Brave, defeating the Cubs 2-1. All but 7 of his 363 wins came in a Braves uniform. Spahn entered that game vs. the Little Bears 11-12 with an…

The golden anniversary of the greatest game ever pitched

Thanks to Chris Jaffe at Hardball Times for reminding me today is the 50th anniversary of the epic mound duel between Warren Spahn and Juan Marichal. (excerpted from a 2011 Office remembrance)  262. 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…

Maddux slighted again, and was Smoltzie better than Glavine?

I’m thrilled that the last pitcher chosen in ESPN’s ranking of the 100 greatest players in MLB history is the perpetually underrated Knucksie, #100 overall. Not so much with the highest-ranked pitcher: Roger Clemens. ESPN cautions its list is a “judgment-free zone where Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and even Pete Rose are welcome.” (Rose debased the game but earned every one of his…