Spahn and Sain and pray for rain…
Although Johnny Sain is famous for that phrase associated with the 1948 Boston Braves, he also made a considerable impact on the Yankees, both as a player and as a coach.
In 1942, Sain, age 24, made it to the majors with the Boston Braves. His manager was the one and only Casey Stengel. He started three games, relieved in 37 more, and was 4-7, six saves, with an ERA of 3.90, ERA+ of 85.
He then lost three full years due to WWII service.
Upon his return, Sain was a 20-game winner in 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1950, teaming up with Warren Spahn—thus the famous rhyme.
In 1946, Sain was 20-14, 2.21 with an ERA+ 157. He led the NL in CG and finished fifth in the MVP voting.
1947 saw Sain go 21-12, 3.52, ERA+ 112. He was named to the All-Star team and finished 16th in the All-Star voting. On April 15, 1947, it was Sain who was the first MLB pitcher to face Jackie Robinson.
In 1948, the Braves won the pennant. Across town, ..read more