December 27, 1954 – Former Duke University outfielder Al Spangler, who was optimistically compared to Richie Ashburn, signed his minor league contract with the Braves and was assigned to Jacksonville in the Sally League.

December 27, 1954 – Former Duke University outfielder Al Spangler, who was optimistically compared to Richie Ashburn, signed his minor league contract with the Braves and was assigned to Jacksonville in the Sally League.