Originally created 05/07/02

Sain, Bartholomay will join Braves hall



ATLANTA -- Johnny Sain, part of the two-man pitching juggernaut that led the Boston Braves to the 1948 pennant, and longtime Atlanta Braves executive Bill Bartholomay will be inducted into the franchise hall of fame this summer.

The pair are the ninth and 10th members of the Braves Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled Aug. 13.

Sain won 139 games in his major league career, most of it with the Boston Braves and New York Yankees. He won 20 or more games four times in seven seasons with Boston and, in 1947, was the first pitcher to face Jackie Robinson.

In the pennant-winning 1948 season, Sain and Warren Spahn combined for 39 wins, 24 of them by Sain. They pitched nearly every game down the stretch, spawning the rallying cry "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain."

Bartholomay led the group that bought the Braves, who had moved to Milwaukee, in 1962 and later moved the team to Atlanta. He is now chairman of the board for the Braves, and serves on the major league baseball ownership committee.

The other members of the Braves Hall of Fame are Hank Aaron, Lew Burdette, Ernie Johnson, Eddie Mathews, Dale Murphy, Phil Niekro, Spahn and Ted Turner.