On August 10, 1997, pitcher Greg “Mad Dog” Maddux signed a five year, $57.5 million contract with the Atlanta Braves after spending seven years with the Chicago Cubs.
Maddux was just starting his Hall of Fame deserving career. He had a slow start with the Cubs. His first season was 1986. The 20 year old had two wins and four losses. He did not do much better his second season. Season three was when things started to pick up, he finished with 18 wins and eight losses.
During his time with the Braves Maddux helped the team earn three trips to the World Series. He also made appearances in the National League Championship Series nine times. But, his crowning achievement was win number 300 which only the best pitchers with strong backup support can accomplish.
At the end of his career, Maddux accumulated 18 Gold Glove awards. He also pitched 35 shutouts band pitched in three of his eight All-Star game appearances. He was honored by a number retirement ceremony by both the Braves and the Cubs in 2009. His number, 31, will not be used by either team again to properly remember his contributions to the two teams.
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