Pitching in an era when virtually every other pitcher seemed to suffer from injury at some point, Greg Maddux was a model of steady, injury-free excellence for twenty-three years. Debuting with the Chicago Cubs in 1986, by 1988 Maddux began a string of 20 years of starting 30+ games that was broken solely by the 1994 player’s strike. He led the league in wins three times, and although he won 20 games only twice, he averaged 16 victories a season over his long career. His career win total of 355 ranks eighth all-time. Maddux won four Cy Young Awards in a row, including three as a part of an Atlanta Braves starting rotation that also featured Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. With the Braves, Maddux appeared in ten straight post-seasons and was a World Champion in 1995.
Maddux patiently sat for two rounds of photos for The Hall Ball when the first attempt was ruined by a technology malfunction.
January 22, 2014
Garden City, NY