Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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
  Tags: brewers, business, history

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   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 has a centaur for a mentor 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!

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Dingbat_Charlie
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogAlbert Pujols predicts he'll be everyday player at age 39
(24 - 6:26pm, Feb 18)
Last: baudib

NewsblogGiants manager Bruce Bochy will retire after 2019 season
(8 - 6:19pm, Feb 18)
Last: Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer

NewsblogJ.D. Martinez: ‘For a DH to win MVP, they’re going to have to walk on water’
(22 - 6:12pm, Feb 18)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogRob Manfred blames Bryce Harper for going unsigned
(21 - 6:09pm, Feb 18)
Last: bfan

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread, v.2019
(203 - 5:59pm, Feb 18)
Last: Mefisto

Gonfalon CubsSpring Training
(28 - 5:58pm, Feb 18)
Last: Pops Freshenmeyer

NewsblogJason Kipnis And The Dark Side Of An Increased Launch Angle
(1 - 5:57pm, Feb 18)
Last: bfan

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-18-2019
(11 - 5:11pm, Feb 18)
Last: Der-K: at 10% emotional investment

NewsblogCC Sabathia has chance to bolster Hall of Fame case before retiring after 2019 season
(78 - 4:48pm, Feb 18)
Last: Ithaca2323

NewsblogNY Post: Davidoff: The factors that conspired to create MLB’s free-agent freeze
(9 - 4:24pm, Feb 18)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (February 2019)
(183 - 4:13pm, Feb 18)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogFour teams are in on Mike Moustakas
(41 - 3:45pm, Feb 18)
Last: Der-K: at 10% emotional investment

NewsblogStroman unhappy with Blue Jays' lack of veteran leadership
(7 - 3:39pm, Feb 18)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogWalt Davis on Projections
(14 - 3:32pm, Feb 18)
Last: Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66)

NewsblogOT - 2018-19 NBA thread (All-Star Weekend to Twelfth of Never edition)
(42 - 3:16pm, Feb 18)
Last: tshipman

Page rendered in 0.2363 seconds
46 querie(s) executed