‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #3
Greg Maddux – 1987 Donruss
No drama. No frills. Greg Maddux was the epitome of a hard-working pitcher. His talent was immense and he often came across as a calm and relaxed guy. But once Maddux took the mound, he was all about business and he excelled at a record pace.
After 23 seasons in the big leagues, Greg Madduxretired with 355 wins and 277 loses. He has pitched over 5,000 innings during the course of his career while starting 740 games. In his 23 seasons, Maddux threw 35 shutouts and pitched 109 complete games.
For his career, Maddux won 15 or more games in 18 of his 23 seasons; 17 of them being consecutive. Maddux won 20 or more in 2 seasons. He also eclipsed the 3,000 strikeout plateau with 3,371 career K’s. His ERA at the end of his career was 3.16.
As a pitcher in the National League for the course of his career, Maddux had a career batting average of .171. While considered to be a pretty good hitting-pitcher, Maddux hit 5 home runs and drove in 84 runs. He has 272 hits, 103 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases to his credit.
Greg Maddux won 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards. And in 9 straight seasons from 1992-1990, he placed in the Top 3 for the award 8 times. Greg Maddux is an 8-time All-star and has won 18 Gold Gloves for his dominance as a defensive pitcher.
In his best season of 1995, Maddux went 19-2 while throwing 10 complete games and 3 shutouts. In that season, his ERA was an amazing 1.63 and he struck out 181 batters while walking just 23. In that year Maddux won his 4th and final Cy Young award, a Gold Glove, and was an All-star.
Greg Maddux was played in 3 World Series contests while winning 1 championship title. In 1995 his Atlanta Braves were victorious. Maddux started 2 games in that match-up as he won 1 game and lost 1 game. In 16 innings of work, he struck out 8 batters and allowed 4 runs.