Spahn & Sain & And Common Wisdom Will Rot Your Brain
Baseball fans may be aware of the saying “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.”
(Above–Spahn on the left and Sain on the right.)
These words are about the 1948 Boston Braves. Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain were two starting pitchers on the ’48 Braves team that won the American League pennant and then lost the World Series to the Cleveland Indians.
The Boston Braves, after a stop in Milwaukee for a few years, are the current Atlanta Braves.
The words are, as I have learned in researching this post, from a poem written by a Boston sportswriter named Gerald Hern.
Here is the poem—
First we’ll use Spahn
then we’ll use Sain
Then an off day
followed by rain
Back will come Spahn
followed by Sain
by two days of rain
The poem conveys the idea that the only decent starting pitchers for the Braves where Spahn and Sain. It suggests the only way the Braves could win was to have Spahn pitch one day, Sain another day, and then hope for rainouts that would get Spahn and Sain back on the mound without having to use other pitchers. (more…)