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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; June 25, 1990 -- A special day for Spahn

Warren Spahn was one of the greatest athletes in Buffalo's sports history. How appropriate it was, then, for him to put a finishing touch on his career with a performance in his home town.

Spahn, who won an amazing 363 major league games in major league baseball, pitched in the National Old Timers baseball classic on this day. Fittingly, he was the winning pitcher in a 3-0 victory by the National League.

Lou Brock supplied all the offense that was needed when he led off the game with a triple off Bob Feller. Brock came in to score when Enos Slaughter grounded out against Early Wynn.

The National League team added two more runs in the second on singles by Don Kessinger and Don Blasingame followed by a double by Charlie Neal and a bounce out by Andy Pafko.

Sandy Koufax started the game and pitched to one batter, and got an out. Then Spahn came on in relief, and earned the win at the age of 69.

It was the last time Spahn ever took the mound in "competition." More than 17,000 fans in Pilot Field got to see it.

-- Budd Bailey

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