Our daily look back at the major events in history of the Braves continues. As always, we would like to thank Baseball-Reference and NationalPastime.comfor providing the background information for these articles.
This Day in Braves History: June 4
1940 - The Braves signed left-hander Warren Spahn out of South Park High School in Buffalo, New York. He would make his major league debut in 1942 appearing in two games before serving three years in the Army during World War II. He returned to the game in 1946 and went on to become the all-time winningest left-handed pitcher in history with 363 wins.
1975 - Atlanta selects Glenn Hubbard in the 20th round of the MLB Draft. Hubbard would make his major league debut in 1978 and spend the first 10 years of his 12-year career with the Braves.
1976 - Andy Messersmith allows one hit and struck out seven in a shutout win over the Montreal Expos. Pepe Mangual singled with one out in the ninth to break up the no-hitter.
1986 - Atlanta suffers a 12-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fulton County Stadium as Barry Bonds goes 4-for-5 and hits the first home run of his career off of Craig McMurtry.
1990 - Dodgers’ right-handed Ramon Martinez strikes out 18 in a three-hit shutout against the Atlanta Braves tying Sandy Koufax’s club record. It wasn’t all bad for the Braves that day though as they selected Chipper Jones with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1990 MLB Draft.
1999 - The Martinez brothers strike again as Atlanta falls in a battle of division leaders, 5-1 to the Red Sox. Pedro Martinez throws a complete game allowing just three hits and one run while striking out 16.