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Today In Brewer History: 2500 for Spahn

A longtime Milwaukee Brave passed a major milestone 48 years ago today.


If not for Hank Aaron, the most often recognized former Milwaukee Brave would almost certainly be Warren Spahn. He moved with the team from Boston to County Stadium in 1953 and pitched there for 12 of the team's 13 seasons in town, accumulating six 20-win seasons, nine All Star appearances and a Cy Young Award.

On this day in 1965, though, he was making his second appearance as a New York Met when he added another milestone to his career list. He pitched a complete game against the Dodgers with five strikeouts, and the fourth was the 2500th of his major league career.

At the time Spahn was third on baseball's all-time list for K's, behind only Bob Feller (2581) and Walter Johnson (3509). Spahn finished the season and his career with 2583, enough for him to pass Feller for second at the time and for 25th place on the current all-time list.

With help from and the B-Ref Play Index, we'd like to wish a happy birthday today to:

Today is also the 47th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 400th home run, which we covered in this space last year, and the 25th anniversary of an 8-6 Brewer win over the Orioles in 1988 that dropped Baltimore to 0-14 on the season. We covered that event in this space two years ago.