Monday, February 22, 2021

HOF Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux was one of those all-time no-doubt Hall of Fame pitchers. And he went in rightly on his first ballot after a 23 year career with Atlanta, the Cubs, the Dodgers, and the Padres. The Padres? Missed that! Why does it seem like all these great players have at least one season--or a partial season, with a totally off-the-wall team? His last couple of years, like Frank Thomas last week, were a palindrome, too: Dodgers-Padres-Padres-Dodgers in the seasons 2006 to 2008. 

This is Maddux's 2009 Topps card showing his full career stats. 


They are impressive but what the stats don't necessarily show is that he was a 4-time Cy Young winner, and 8-time All-Star, and 18-time Gold Glove recipient, a 4-time ERA title (ok, that shows), and was on the World Series winning 1995 Atlanta Braves. In that 1995 season, home slice went 19-2. Ridiculous. That was the last time he was given the Cy Young award and it capped four consecutive years of winning the award. 

I like the 2009 design and it forecasts the 2011 set, I think. The blue corners remind me of those little plastic things you tuck photographs into to keep them in place when mounted or framed. 

Thanks for stopping by!

10 comments:

  1. I love seeing a player's full or almost full stats on a card. Always brings me joy.

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    1. Me, too! That's why I started collecting the last cards of players. Sometimes Fleer gave a card where Topps, didn't, but I've committed to just seeking Topps cards.

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  2. I just one a Dodger Maddux card in an auction! It's just a shame so many of his Dodger cards are photoshop jobs.

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  3. Maddux was right up there with Griffey and Thomas when it came to guys you wanted to pull in the ‘90s.

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    1. And that was right when I was getting out of the hobby. I missed so much. (In some ways.)

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  4. I was pretty happy to see him sign with the Padres, because he's one of my all-time favorite players and that's my NL team. Although... I was pretty bummed when he got traded to the Dodgers. Up to that point, I was kind of hoping he'd end up being a two-team player.

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  5. Maddux is great. Truly great. So glad I got watch him so much with the Braves. Nice card too. Not that familiar with the set. May have to look into it some.

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  6. During the days of Ryno, Grace and Dawson I heard Maddog was a wicked practical jokester.

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