He was selected to the All-Star Team 14 times.
He was also pitching instructor for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Angels.
He served as pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians from 1972-73.
He won 20 games for 13 consecutive years, an ML record.
He is the winningest left-handed pitcher of all-time.
Signed as an amateur free agent in 1940 by the Braves.
He bats and throws left-handed.
He attended South Park High School in Buffalo, New York.
He is listed at 6'0 feet and 175 lbs.
He is the Atlanta Braves all time leader in wins (356), innings pitched (5046), shutouts (63) and games started (635).
He was elected into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.
During WWII, he earned the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
He was married to Lorene Southard, and had one child.
His nickname was "Spannie."