Chicago Cubs fans are celebrating the news that former Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, votes on 97.2 percent of the ballots cast. It is the eighth highest percentage of votes and the third highest of any elected pitcher, according to a press release from the Cubs.
Maddux had many of his best years with the Atlanta Braves and will enter the Hall as a Braves player. He won a total of four Cy Young Awards, the first with the Cubs, 18 Gold Gloves over his career and one World Series ring, Cub fans will never forget what he meant to them and the team. He and Fergie Jenkins, already a Hall of Famer, both wore the number 31 during their playing days with the Cubs. The Cubs retired the number for both pitchers on May 3, 2009. The Braves retired his number 31 in Atlanta on July 17, 2009.
Maddux was originally selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 1984 Draft. Over 10 seasons with the Cubs (1986 to 1992 and 2004 to 2006) his record was 133-112 with a 3.61 ERA. He is ranked fifth in Cubs franchise history with 298 starts and ranked sixth in franchise history with 1,305 strikeouts. He will be inducted with his former Braves teammate Tom Glavine, who Maddux credits with teaching him that he could pitch even when he “wasn’t 100 percent.” That said, especially in his later pitching years he was known more for his precision than for strength, and his knowledge of baseball. He was affectionately referred to as Mad Dog or The Professor during his playing career. He had 17 consecutive seasons of 15 or more wins. On July 26, 2005 during his second stint with the Cubs, Maddux became the 13th member of the 3,000 strikeout club. He also became one of only four members of the 3,000 strikeout club to accomplish this feat with walking fewer than 1,000 batters.
Like Andre Dawson before him, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010 as a Montreal Expo, he is sure to see and feel the Cubs love as he makes his acceptance speech in July.