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Full Name: John Franklin Sain Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/185 First Game: April 24, 1942
Birthdate: September 25, 1917 Final Game: July 15, 1955
Birthplace: Havana, Arkansas MLB Experience: 11 years
Died: November 7, 2006
Deathplace: Downers Grove, Illinois
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Born on September 25, 1917 in Havana, Arkansas, Johnny Sain (John Franklin Sain) played for the Boston Braves, New York Yankees and Kansas City Athletics over the course of his 11 year career. Sain broke into the bigs on April 24, 1942 with the Boston Braves, and put up a 3.90 ERA in 97 innings pitched in 1942, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Johnny Sain's best season was 1948, when he posted a 2.60 ERA, won 24 games and struck out 137 batters.

Sain's best years were those immediately after World War II, when he won 100 games for the Boston Braves before being traded to the New York Yankees during the 1951 season for Lew Burdette and cash. In 1948, he won 24 games, lost only 15, and finished second in the voting for that year's MVP Award. He and teammate Warren Spahn achieved joint immortality that year when their feats were the subject of a poem in the Boston Post which was eventually shortened to the epigram, "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain."

After retiring as a player, Sain spent many years as a well-regarded pitching coach.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1942 BOS N 40 3 4 7 3.90 68 54 42 0 0 6 97 79 8 63 0 4 5
1946 BOS N 37 34 20 14 2.21 129 80 65 24 3 2 265 225 8 87 0 3 2
1947 BOS N 38 35 21 12 3.52 132 117 104 22 3 1 266 265 19 79 0 3 4
1948 BOS N 42 39 24 15 2.60 137 105 91 28 4 1 314.2 297 19 83 0 2 5
1949 BOS N 37 36 10 17 4.81 73 150 130 16 1 0 243 285 15 75 0 1 4
1950 BOS N 37 37 20 13 3.94 96 139 122 25 3 0 278.1 294 34 70 0 5 2
1951 NY A 7 4 2 1 4.14 21 17 17 1 0 1 37 41 5 8 0 0 0
1951 BOS N 26 22 5 13 4.21 63 88 75 6 1 1 160.1 195 16 45 0 0 3
1951 Total 33 26 7 14 4.20 84 105 92 7 1 2 197.1 236 21 53 0 0 3
1952 NY A 35 16 11 6 3.46 57 70 57 8 0 7 148.1 149 15 38 0 0 2
1953 NY A 40 19 14 7 3.00 84 68 63 10 1 9 189 189 16 45 0 2 3
1954 NY A 45 0 6 6 3.16 33 27 27 0 0 22 77 66 11 15 0 0 0
1955 NY A 3 0 0 0 6.75 5 4 4 0 0 0 5.1 6 4 1 0 0 0
1955 KC A 25 0 2 5 5.44 12 28 27 0 0 1 44.2 54 10 10 4 0 0
1955 TOT A 28 0 2 5 5.58 17 32 31 0 0 1 50 60 14 11 4 0 0
Total NL 257 206 104 91 3.49 698 733 629 121 15 11 1624.1 1640 119 502 0 18 25
Total AL 155 39 35 25 3.50 212 214 195 19 1 40 501.1 505 61 117 4 2 5
Total 412 245 139 116 3.49 910 947 824 140 16 51 2125.2 2145 180 619 4 20 30

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1942 BOS N P 40 0 0 1 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1946 BOS N P 37 0 0 20 61 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 .988
1947 BOS N P 38 0 0 11 55 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .957
1948 BOS N P 42 0 0 21 48 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .972
1949 BOS N P 37 0 0 14 35 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .942
1950 BOS N P 37 0 0 14 42 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .933
1951 NY A P 7 0 0 1 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1951 BOS N P 26 0 0 13 28 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1951 Total P 33 0 0 14 38 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1952 NY A P 35 0 0 15 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .917
1953 NY A P 40 0 0 8 32 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .952
1954 NY A P 45 0 0 6 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1955 NY A P 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1955 KC A P 25 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1955 TOT A P 28 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total P 412 0 0 127 371 19 18 0 0 0 0 0 .963

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1942 BOS N 40 27 0 2 0 1 .074 .107 .074 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1
1946 BOS N 40 94 6 28 0 17 .298 .298 .340 2 1 0 0 0 10 0 0 2
1947 BOS N 40 107 13 37 0 18 .346 .364 .411 7 0 3 1 0 8 0 0 2
1948 BOS N 43 115 11 25 0 16 .217 .224 .261 3 1 1 3 0 16 0 0 4
1949 BOS N 39 97 10 20 0 3 .206 .222 .237 3 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 2
1950 BOS N 37 102 9 21 1 15 .206 .257 .255 2 0 6 3 1 7 0 0 2
1951 NY A 7 14 3 4 0 0 .286 .286 .357 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1951 BOS N 26 52 4 11 1 4 .212 .241 .308 2 0 1 3 1 4 0 0 6
1951 Total 33 66 7 15 1 4 .227 .250 .318 3 0 1 3 1 4 0 0 7
1952 NY A 47 71 4 19 1 14 .268 .297 .394 4 1 3 5 0 1 0 0 1
1953 NY A 41 68 8 17 0 8 .250 .301 .324 3 1 5 1 0 4 0 0 4
1954 NY A 45 17 1 6 0 5 .353 .421 .412 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
1955 NY A 3 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1955 KC A 25 8 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1955 TOT A 28 10 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 265 594 53 144 2 74 .242 .262 .291 19 2 14 13 2 50 0 0 19
Total AL 168 180 16 46 1 27 .256 .295 .344 9 2 10 7 0 6 0 0 6
Total 433 774 69 190 3 101 .245 .270 .304 28 4 24 20 2 56 0 0 25

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Detroit Tigers (1936).
  • Granted free agency (January 14, 1940).
  • Signed by Nashville (Southern Association) (@March, 1940).
  • Sold by Nashville (Southern Association) to Boston Braves (1942).
  • Traded by Boston Braves to New York Yankees in exchange for Lew Burdette and $50000 (August 29, 1951).
  • Traded by New York Yankees with Enos Slaughter to Kansas City Athletics in exchange for Sonny Dixon and cash (May 11, 1955).
  • Released by Kansas City Athletics (July 23, 1955).

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