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This Day in Braves History: Atlanta signs Greg Maddux

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Maddux would sign the largest guaranteed free agent deal ever for a pitcher.

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This Day in Braves History: December 9

1941 - The Braves acquire outfielder Tommy Holmes from the Yankees in exchange for Gene Moore and Buddy Hassett. Holmes will go on to set a National League record with a 37-game hitting streak. Holmes’ record would be broken in 1978 by Pete Rose.

1976 - The Rangers trade Jeff Burroughs to the Braves for Adrian Devine, Ken Henderson, Dave May, Roger Moret, Carl Morton and an estimated $250,000. Burroughs will slug 41 homers during his first season with Atlanta.

1984 - The Los Angeles Kings draft Tom Glavine in the fourth round of the NHL Draft. He is selected ahead of future NHL Hall of Famers Brett Hull and Luc Jean-Marie Robitaille.

1992 - Greg Maddux signs a five-year, $28 million deal with the Braves. The deal is the largest guaranteed contract ever for a pitcher. Maddux would spend the next 11 seasons with the Braves compiling a 194-88 record to go along with a 2.63 ERA in over 2,500 innings.

1992 - Atlanta trades Charlie Leibrandt and Pat Gomez to the Rangers for infielder Jose Oliva.

2013 - Hall of Fame chairman Jane Forbes Clark announces the induction of managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa into Cooperstown next summer. The trio was elected unanimously by the Expansion Era Committee.