Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#183 Greg Maddux

About the Front: This is the last contemporary card featuring Greg Maddux as a Cub until 2004, as he spent the interim with the Braves.

About the Back: Maddux would become a repeat 20-game winner in 1993. 1992 and '93 were the only 20-win seasons in his Hall of Fame career, but he won 15 or more every year from 1988 through 2004, and at least 13 in each season through 2007.

Triple Play:

1. Greg won four consecutive Cy Young Awards (1992-1995), and a record 18 Gold Glove Awards. It's entirely possible that he wasn't really the National League's best defensive pitcher in each of those 18 seasons, but he's got the hardware.

2. He's eighth all-time with 355 wins, one ahead of Roger Clemens for the most W's post-Warren Spahn. Maddux is the winningest right-hander in the post-Deadball era (1920-present).

3. Maddux pitched in 23 different postseason series spread out over 13 seasons. In 35 games, including 30 starts, he had an 11-14 record with one save and a 3.27 ERA. He saved his best for the World Series, where he went 2-3 with a 2.09 ERA in five starts, including a two-hit complete game win in the 1995 Fall Classic opener.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: When I was picking out a jersey number for Little League in 1994, I had hoped to get #31, just like Maddux and Mike Piazza wore. But it was too small, and I happily settled for #35 (Mike Mussina and Frank Thomas' number).

Bill James Said: "With Clemens' off season, he obviously has to rank as the best starting pitcher in the majors today."

On This Date in 1993: March 25. The Brewers purchase catcher Tom Lampkin from the Padres. He will bat just .198/.280/.321 in 73 games in Milwaukee, but will hang around as a backup in the majors for another decade.

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