24. Johnny Sain
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 25, 1917 in Havana, AR USA
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 17, 1942
  • Final Game: July 15, 1955
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1946
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1948
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1948
  • TSN All-Star - 1948
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1948

There was a famous saying around the Boston Braves that waxed poetic about the late 1940’s Boston Braves:

First we'll use Spahn
then we'll use Sain
Then an off day
followed by rain
Back will come Spahn
followed by Sain
And followed
we hope
by two days of rain.

It was a great poem and there was. Lot of truth to that as for a time Sain had joined Warren Spahn in being an elite Pitcher.  Sain played in 1942 for one season before he served the U.S. in World War II and upon his return to Major League Baseball in 1946 he would go on a three season streak of 20 Wins, the first season seeing him finish fifth in MVP voting and the third would be a second place finish.  That year was when the Braves won the National League Pennant though they would fail to win the World Series.  He would win 20 Games again in 1950 and would win 104 overall for the Braves.

While Johnny Sain failed to win a World Series Championship with the Boston Braves later in his career he would win three World Series rings with the New York Yankees as a player and three more as a coach (two with New York and one with Detroit)

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Purchased from Nashville (Southern Association) 4/8/42.
  • Departed: Traded to the New York Yankees for Lew Burdette and $50,000 8/29/51.
  • Games Played: 257
  • Notable Statistics: 104-91 Record
    206 Games Started
    3.49 ERA
    121 Complete Games
    36 Games Finished
    11 Saves
    1,624.1 Innings Pitched
    698 Strikeouts
    3.58 FIP
    1.319 WHIP
    23.9 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1947 & 1948)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1946)
    Most Wins (1948)
    Most Innings Pitched (1948)
    Most Putouts by a Pitcher (1946 & 1948)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Pitcher (1946)

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