Tag Archives: #31

Did You Know…

There are only two pitchers in major league history with more than 3,000 strikeouts and fewer than 1,000 walks – Ferguson Jenkins and Greg Maddux.

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**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – 2 of my favorite pitchers of all-time, these two players and their magnificent careers are intertwined for life!!!

More Pics And A VIDEO From The Braves’ Greg Maddux Jersery Retirement Ceremony…

As promised, here are more pictures from the big day in Atlanta.  Enjoy!!!

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And a SWEET video too!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/srahn/3731666588/

Pics From The Greg Maddux Jersey Retirement Ceremony In Atlanta

I am shocked by the lack of pictures that  I have been able to find from the Braves’ ceremony when they retired Greg Maddux’s jersey.  This guy was the heart and soul of their pitching staff for more than a decade and was one of the best pitchers in the game over the last 25 years.

He certainly deserves more than just these 2 pictures.  I am going to keep digging as I look for more pics from this historic event in Atlanta Braves history!!!

APTOPIX Braves Maddux Baseball

Braves Maddux Baseball

When I find more pics, I’ll put them up on the site.  Don’t worry…

More Pictures From The Fergie Jenkins & Greg Maddux Jersey Retirement Ceremony…

These pictures are courtesy of Chirs from ‘Project ’62’.  His seats were along the first base side, and YES I am extremely jealous!!!

Thanks for the great pics Chris!!!

Pictures From Wrigley Field…

May 3, 2009 will go down as a very memorable day for Chicago Cubs fans around the world.  Here are just a few pictrues from that wonderful day:

Billy Williams and Ryne Sandberg's flags fly on the right field foul pole by Let's Play Two.

Cubs retire "31" by hda9852.

 Maddux flag waves by Mick Wright.

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It’s Going To Be A Historic Day At Wrigley Field Today!!!

#31 finally gets to sway in the breeze at Wrigley Field alongside #10, #14, #23, and #26.

If you know my blog, you then know that Fergie Jenkins is my favorite pitcher from the 1960’s & 70’s and that Greg Maddux is my favorite from the 1980’s and 90’s.  I love the fact that they get to share this special moment together and I just wish I could be there in person to enjoy the occasion with them.  Luckily, the Cubs are playing the Marlins so the game will be televised in South Florida.  I hope they show a little coverage of this as I find this to truly be a grand event at Wrigley Field.  You have 40 years of wonderful Cubs history represented in 2 of the greatest pitchers from the last 40 years and 2 classy gentleman too.

Let’s take a quick look at what #31 has done in their combined careers.

Wins – 639

Complete Games – 376

Shutouts – 84

Strikeouts – 6563

Walks – 1996

K:Walk Ratio – 3.29 AWESOME!!

ERA – 3.25

Cy Young Awards – 5

All-Star Game Appearances – 11

Gold Gloves – 18

World Series Championships – 1

Hall of Famers – 1 with 1 on the WAY!!!!

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#31 – It’s About Time That They Did This….

Finally.  Finally.  Finally.

Yesterday the Chicago Cubs announced that they will be retiring #31 to honor the careers of Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux. 

In my opinion, this move is long overdue.  Jenkins and Maddux are 2 of my favorite pitchers of all-time and it will be nice to see them recognized together.  I was pretty shocked when the Cubs let Maddux wear #31 in 1987 when he debuted in Chicago, but he has certainly lived up to his potential and is possibly the best pitcher of the last 30 years.

While Maddux had a great career as a Cub, it would be easy to argue that his best years were in Atlanta with the Braves.  Jenkins on the other hand, had a magnificent career, and his best years were undoubtedly in a Cubs’ uniform.

Congratulations to 2 incredible pitchers and 2 quality people. 

I want to be at Wrigley so bad on May 3….

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Here are some links so you can check out the news as it broke around the sports world.

From ChicagoCubs.com

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090318&content_id=4012782&vkey=news_chc&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc

From ESPN.com

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3994049&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

From SportsIllustrated.com

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/03/18/cubs.jenkinsmaddux.ap/index.html?section=si_latest