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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Baseball legend Warren Spahn’s Anna Maria home

With some descent elbow grease…I’m sure the bloody Healter Skelter practice scrawls will come off the walls.

Warren Spahn named his cottage “The Mound.” Ironically, its address is the same number as his ERA in 1953 — 2.10, the best he ever posted.

Warren Spahn clearly enjoyed living on the beach, and sometimes after spring workouts you could see him rowing a 16-foot life raft in the Gulf for an hour to get into shape.

“The Mound” is one of a cluster of cottages that were built by Warren Spahn, though not all remain standing, and another is likely to fall soon.

All of the cottages in the neighborhood were named after baseball and had signs on the front. The other cottages were called “Home Plate,” “Infield,” “Outfield,” “Catcher’s Mitt,” “Shortstop” and “The Diamond.”

“The Mound” and “Home Plate” were next to each other on Cypress Avenue, and remain so today. Spahn sold “Home Plate” to Mathews, the Hall-of-Fame third baseman, in 1959. Those cottages now have non-baseball-related owners.

...The cottage is for sale and will likely be demolished for a more spacious, three-bedroom dwelling that meets the minimum height requirement for flood insurance. Asking price is $1.9 million.

Repoz Posted: July 24, 2011 at 01:01 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Something Other Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:50 AM (#3884527)
I remember going to a talk back in the 90s (it was on historical preservation and questions of attribution) by an architect--I think his name was Brian or Blair Schirmer--anyway, he said something like, "whenever you hear a report that so-and-so 'built' this or that house, 99% of the time they neither designed it, nor had anything to do with the labor of building it; it simply means that so-and-so paid for it."

Too bad TFA doesn't make it remotely clear what, if anything, Spahnie had to do with building the cottages.
   2. Justin T drives a crooked hoss Posted: July 25, 2011 at 03:06 AM (#3884533)
He apparently managed to get the address to be 2.10 Fir Avenue.

From the picture accompanying the article, I would be amazed and impressed if he built them for realz.
   3. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 25, 2011 at 03:21 AM (#3884538)
Warren Spahn named his cottage “The Mound.” Ironically, its address is the same number as his ERA in 1953 — 2.10, the best he ever posted.

Just as ironically, a "warren" is a house that rabbits live in.
   4. Something Other Posted: July 25, 2011 at 06:33 AM (#3884583)
I assume, given the caliber of your other posts, that you mean ironically ironically.

Warren Spahn named his cottage “The Mound.”
I can see it now:

Spahn: Let's visit The Mound this weekend, sweetie.
Mrs. Spahn (coyly): Which mound are you referring to, honeybunch?
Spahn: I wasn't being ironic, for Christ's sake. I just want to go to the damned beach!

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