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Braves’ Spahn Is Winningest Lefty in Major League History

Sept. 29, 1962 - Warren Spahn became the winningest left-hander in major league history today by pitching the Braves to a 7-3 triumph over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Milwaukee for his 327th victory. The 41-year-old Spahn, who didn’t win his first game until the age of 25, was hugged by his jubilant teammates as 11,339 fans cheered wildly. Spahn surpassed the 326 victories posted during a 17-year career by Eddie Plank, who pitched before Spahn was born. The left-handed Plank compiled his victories from 1901 to 1917 with Philadelphia and St. Louis of the American League, and St. Louis of the Federal League. Spahn, who reached the 300-victory mark last year, has been pitching for the Braves since 1946. He is ninth on the all-time list of winners.


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