Greg Maddux, Hall of Famer!

As Greg Maddux goes into the Baseball Hall of Fame today, here’s a look back at two posts from January (when he was elected) combined into one post as we honor the first former Peoria Chiefs player ever elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, here is a tribute to Greg Maddux by the numbers and with pictures. Congrats Greg!

Start with our 2010 Jersey Retirement ceremony in Peoria:

A look at Maddux by the numbers:

1 – Hits allowed by Maddux against Cedar Rapids on May 14 at home in a rain-shortened six inning game.

2 – Round in which Maddux was drafted by the Cubs in 1984 out of Valley High School in Las Vegas, NV

4 – National League Cy Young Awards won by Maddux and NL ERA titles won.

8 – National League All-Star Selections.

10 – Maddux ranks in the Top 10 on the Chiefs single season list for Wins, Innings Pitched, Starts and Complete Games

12 – Number Maddux wore with the Chiefs in 1985

13 – Wins for Maddux in 1985 with the Chiefs. He was 13-9 with a 3.19 ERA and 125 strikeouts. Maddux finished fourth in the Midwest League in wins and starts, fifth in innings pitched and 13th in ERA.

18 – Maddux’s age on Opening Day 1985 when he started against Springfield in a 4-1 Peoria home win with a franchise debut record 12 strikeouts over 8 innings of work.  The #18 also represents the number of Gold Gloves Maddux won, more than any player to ever play in the Majors.

21 – At-bats for Maddux in 1985 with the Chiefs (pre-DH). He hit .238 with a double and a RBI.

27 – Starts for Maddux with the Chiefs in 1985

31 – Number he wore in the Major Leagues, retired in Peoria, Chicago and Atlanta.

35 – MLB playoff appearances for Maddux

72 1/3 – NL record in 2001 for Maddux without issuing a walk

95 – Wins for Maddux as a Cub before signing a free agent deal in Atlanta in the winter of 1992.

97.2 – Percent of Hall of Fame ballots with Maddux’s name listed. Tom Seaver (98.8) in 1992 holds the all-time record.

300 – Win #300 came on August 7, 2004 against the San Francisco Giants

355 – Career wins, 8th all-time. One more than Roger Clemens and the most in MLB history since Warren Spahn retired in 1965 with 363.

546 – Career putouts. Most ever for a pitcher in MLB history.

740 – Career starts, 4th all-time.

999 – Career walks. Maddux is one of two pitchers (Fergie Jenkins) with more than 3,000 strikeouts and less than 1,000 walks issued.

1986 – Maddux debuted with the Cubs the season after he pitched in Peoria. His MLB debut came in the 17th inning of a September 2 game against Houston when he pinch ran for future Chiefs manager Jody Davis.

1988 – Maddux’s breakout season for the Cubs going 18-8

1992  – The first of four Cy Young Award seasons and the first 20 win season for Maddux.

1995 – The 1995 season was magical for Maddux and the Braves as he won his fourth straight Cy Young Award with one of the best pitching seasons in the last 40 years and the Braves won their first World Series in Atlanta. In 28 starts in 1995, Maddux issued just 23 walks and posted a 19-2 record with a 1.63 ERA.

2004 – Return to Chicago with a 16-11 season and a 4.02 ERA

2008 – Maddux’s final season. Split between San Diego and Los Angeles, Maddux made his final appearance in Chicago in game one of the NLDS with an inning of work against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He then threw twice in the NLCS against the Phillies, which his final outing in game 5.

2010 – Maddux has his number 31 retired in Peoria on June 11.

3000 – Strikeout #3000 came against the Giants on July 26, 2005

3371 – Career strikeouts, 10th all-time.

Here’s a clip of Maddux pitching from 1985 on WTVP with Ed Hammond on the call: 

 


Looking through my various spreadsheets I was able to get the result of 24 of Greg Maddux’s 1985 Chiefs starts. I didn’t have full box score lines on all of them but an hour with Microfilm at the Peoria Public Library allowed me to get all 27 results and box scores from the Peoria Journal Star archives. So here is the Greg Maddux Game by Game lines from 1985. Also includes an exhibition game in which Maddux pitched for AAA-Iowa against the Cubs, the Midwest League All-Star Game and a post-season start.

Date              Result            Opponent                 Line
April 12       W 4-1         vs. Springfield         8ip, 4h, 0r, 1bb, 12k. Team record K in debut
April 17      L 3-2             at Appleton              6ip, 3h, 3r, 2er, 2bb, 3k, E. Lost on UER.
April 22     W 8-1            vs. Beloit                   7ip, 5h, 0er, 4bb, 9k. Win (2-1)
April 28     ND W 6-5    at Springfield          7ip, 7h, 5r, 1bb, 7k. Chiefs win in 9th
May 3         W 3-2            at Springfield          CG 9ip, 7h, 2r, 2bb, 2k. Double at plate
May 8         W 8-3            vs. Burlington         6.1ip, 6h, 2er, 4k. Win (4-1)
May 14      W 2-1            vs. Cedar Rapids    CG 6ip, 1h, 1r, 2bb, 3k. Rain shortened
May 20      L 7-3             at Madison                5.2ip, 10h, 7r, 4er
May 25      W 6-2            vs. Madison            CG 9ip, 8h, 2r, 2bb, 6k Win (6-2)
May 30*   L 5-1              vs. Chicago              3ip, 3r. First 2 IP Sho. Ron Cey 2r 2b.
June 4       L 3-1              at Quad Cities         7ip, 6h, 3r, 2er, 6k. Dante Bichette 2-3 2b
June 9       W 9-7            at Quad Cities         8.2ip, 9h, 7r, 6er, 5bb, 7k
June 14    L 4-1              at Beloit                    7ip, 9h, 4r, 3er, 2bb, 6k
June 20    W 9-4            vs. Wisconsin        6.1ip, 10h, 4r, 1bb, 2k
June 25    W 11-6           at Springfield        6.1ip, 9h, 6r, 5er, 1bb, 3k. 3-4, rbi
June 30    W 4-1            vs. Cedar Rapids  CG 9ip, 5h, 1r, 0bb, 8k
July 5        W 12-2          at Waterloo           CG 9ip, 7h, 2r, 3bb, 6k
July 8**   ND L 4-2      Midwest League   1ip, 0h, 0r, 0bb, 0k
July 13     ND W 5-4     vs. Madison           5ip, 7h, 4r, 3bb, 3k
July 18     ND L 4-2 (12)  at Madison        8.1ip, 7h, 2r, 1er, 0bb, 2k
July 23    L 8-7                vs. Quad Cities     4.1ip, 7h, 6r, 3bb, 2k. QC scored 6 in 4th
July 28    W 6-2             at Burlington        6.1ip, 5h, 2r, 2bb, 4k
Aug 2       L 1-0               vs. Clinton             8ip, 7h, 1r, 2bb, 3k
Aug 7       L 4-1               vs. Wausau       6ip, 4h, 3r, 1er, 3bb, 6k. Mickey Mantle in att
Aug 13 G2 ND L 3-2    at Wausau             5.2ip, 6h, 2r, 1er, 4bb, 1k
Aug 18    W 8-3              at Clinton              5.2ip, 6h, 1r, 2bb, 6k Win (13-7) last win
Aug 23    L 5-4               at Burlington        6.1ip, 7h, 4r, 3er, 2bb, 1k
Aug 28    ND W 9-8     vs. Quad Cities     5ip, 9h, 5er, 4k. Chiefs clinch Division title
Sept 2     L 4-1                vs. Quad Cities    CG 9ip, 3h, 4r, 0er, 2bb, 5k
Sept 7*** L 5-3             vs. Kenosha         4.1ip, 8h, 5r, 1k. Game 2 MWL Finals

*exhibition game between the Iowa Cubs & Chicago Cubs in Des Moines, IA
**Midwest League All-Star Game in Cedar Rapids, IA
***Midwest League Finals Game 2 vs. Kenosha

Microfilm of 1985 files for the Peoria Journal Star

Microfilm of 1985 files for the Peoria Journal Star

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