Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXIV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/29/2011
The days of “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain” were far, far in the rear view mirror in Sain’s final season of 1955. In a move to make roster space, Sain and Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter were sent to Kansas City for cash in May of 1955. Sain called it a career just two months later on July 15th.
In 1948, it was Sain who propelled the Braves to the World Series, winning an NL best 24 wins and 28 complete games. Sain finished second to Stan Musial in the NL MVP voting that season – although Musial was the runaway choice, having produced arguably the most dominant season by any hitter in NL history before or since.
Traded to the Yankees in 1951, Sain became a fixture for the Yankees as a reliever and spot starter. In 1954, Casey Stengel handed Sain the closer’s role and he responded, saving a league best 22, while closing out 39 games.
So take home this card of one of baseball’s all-time great pitchers. Sain may not be in Cooperstown, but ask any hitter who faced Sain in the clutch – chances are you’ll hear stories of pitches that were more than Hall of Fame caliber.
POP Report: Highest graded example. 1 of 6 PSA 9’s.
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