Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Salute to the 15 Greatest U.S. Armed Forces Veteran MLB Players

Memorial Day Weekend Series- Part 9 of 16

No. 8 Warren Spahn

Warren Spahn got a late start in baseball due to enlisting in the U.S. Army, but made up for it by extending his career to the advanced age of 44. His remarkable baseball accomplishments were rivaled only by his distinctive military service.

He was awarded a "Purple Heart" and the "Bronze Star" for bravery during his three year stint. The Buffalo native also saw action in the "Battle of the Bulge" and at the "Ludendorff Bridge" and was awarded a battlefield commission.

When he returned to baseball during the 1946 season, he quickly established himself as one of the game's finest pitchers. Over the next 17 years, Spahn recorded an astounding 13 20-win seasons.

During that period, he was elected to 14 All-Star squads and won the MLB Cy Young Award in 1957. And, three other seasons he finished as the runner-up.

Spahns' 363 career wins rank him sixth all-time amongst major league pitchers, but first amongst left-handers. Besides being inducted into the Hall of Fame, MLB recognizes his excellence by awarding a trophy bearing his name to each season's top left-handed hurler.


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