Choosing between number 2 and number 3 was one of the hardest choices to make on this list. Both terrific pitchers, but in the end I had to give Warren Spahn the slight edge over Maddux. He started his Major League Career with the Boston Braves in 1942. After the 1942 season, Spahn spent 3 years inactive from the league due to his military service. He returned to the majors in 1946, posting an 8-5 record with a 2.94 ERA. He made his first all-star team the next year, while also accomplishing his first 20-win season. Spahn was extremely consistent over the years, but a CY Young award always seemed to elude him. Finally, in 1957, at the age of 36, Spahn captured his first and only CY Young award. He posted 21 wins with a 2.69 ERA. Spahn did not load up the CY Young awards or have the eye popping ERA numbers like Maddux did some years, but it was his career consistency that gave him the edge over Maddux. Spahn pitched 21 years in the majors, and all but one of them with the Braves. He collected 363 wins, which is 6th most in MLB history. He finished with a career 3.09 ERA and an unbelievable 382 complete games. At the tender age of 42, Spahn posted a 23-7 record. It was the 13th time he won 20 games in a season. Only one can imagine what kind of career numbers Spahn could have had if he did not spend 3 years in the military. Spahn’s number 21 was retired by the Braves in 1965. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1973. Spahn is a legend in Braves history and deserves the number 2 spot on this list.
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