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Baseball Hall of Fame weekend
HOF2002072834 - COOPERSTOWN, New York, July 28 (UPI) -- Former Boston and Milwaukee Braves left-handed pitcher and Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn waves as he is introduced at the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 28, 2002. Nearly 50 members of the Hall of Fame gathered for the induction of former St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres shortstop Ozzie Smith. Spahn is the winningest left-handed pitcher in history with 363 victories. jaf/bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI
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Warren Edward Spahn (April 23, 1921 – November 24, 2003) was an American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He played his entire 21-year baseball career in the National League. He won 20 games each in 13 seasons, including a 23-7 record when he was age 42. Spahn was the 1957 Cy Young Award winner, and was the runner-up three times, all during the period when just one award was given. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, with 83% of the total vote. (His eligibility was delayed, under the rules of the time, by 2 years of token minor league play.)

Spahn won 363 games, more than any other left-handed pitcher in history, and more than any other pitcher who played his entire career in the post-1920 live-ball era. He is acknowledged as one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball history. The Warren Spahn Award, given to the major leagues' best left-handed pitcher, is named after him.

Regarded as a "thinking man's" pitcher who liked to outwit batters, Spahn once described his approach on the mound: "Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing."

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