On November 7, 2006, Johnny Sain, a former pitcher who later gained notoriety as one of the most successful and influential pitching coaches in baseball, died at the age of 89 in Downers Grove, Illinois. Sain pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues and won 20 games four times, including three straight seasons. With the Braves he teamed with Warren Spahn to form the famous duo that prompted the saying “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.” His work with pitching staffs was remarkable. In 14 seasons as a coach, he produced 17 20-game winners. Known for his philosophy that running was unnecessary for pitchers, Sain’s star pupils were Jim Kaat, Stan Bahnsen, Mickey Lolich, and Wilbur Wood.

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