Former Cubs great Greg Maddux elected to the Hall of Fame
(Photo by Stephen Green)
The career numbers speak for themselves—a 3.16 ERA, 355 wins, 18 Gold Gloves, eight All-Star appearances and four consecutive Cy Young awards. And those are just the glamour stats.
So when the 2014 Hall of Fame class was announced Wednesday, it was no surprise Greg Maddux topped the inductee list, receiving a remarkable 97.2 percent of the vote. Maddux was picked on 555 of 571 ballots submitted by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, the eighth-highest total in voting history and the third-highest for any pitcher.
Despite a wiry 6-foot, 170-pound frame, “The Professor”—as he was known for his vast understanding of the game and ability to dissect the plate with pinpoint accuracy—was one of the most dominating pitchers of his era, and one of the best of all time.
Maddux is the 51st former Cubs player, manager or executive to earn induction. After 23 big league seasons, he retired in December 2008 as the eighth winningest pitcher in the history of the game with 355 wins, 133 coming in his 10 seasons on the North Side. He won the first of his four Cy Young awards with the Cubs in 1992, going 20-11 with a 2.18 ERA in 35 starts.
A second-round pick in the 1984 draft, Maddux went 133-112 with a 3.61 ERA in his two stints with the Cubs (1986-92, 2004-06). Two of his eight All-Star appearances were in a Cubs uniform, as were six of his 18 Gold Glove awards.
“I join my family, the Cubs organization and Cubs fans in congratulating Greg on this tremendous honor,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “He is one of the greatest pitchers of all time and a tremendous competitor who earned the nickname ‘Mad Dog’ whenever he took the mound. Greg’s near-unanimous selection to Baseball’s Hall of Fame is the ultimate salute to an extraordinary career.”
On May 3, 2009, the Cubs retired Maddux’s No. 31 jersey, making his number (which he shares with fellow Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins) the fifth to be retired by the organization.
Joining Maddux in the 2014 class were former Braves teammate Tom Glavine and White Sox slugger Frank Thomas.