The Professor 

Greg Maddux is my favorite pitcher of all-time.  He didn’t look like a professional athlete.  He didn’t even look like a guy you would see playing basketball at your local YMCA.  He is listed at 6 feet tall and that is probably being a little generous.  He would beat you with his mind, hence the nickname, “The Professor”.  Even though he looked more like someone who would do your taxes, Maddux is a hall-of-famer and firmly cemented as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history.

There are plenty of Maddux gems for us to re-live but let’s briefly look at a game Maddux started against the Chicago Cubs on July 22, 1997.  He pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and one run.  He did not walk a single batter and struck out six.  The best statistic is that Maddux threw 76 pitches and 63 of those were strikes.

Some other incredible Maddux stats…

  • In 1997, Maddux faced 893 batters.  He went to a 3-0 count on five of those batters.
  • He walked the leadoff batter in an inning 0.3 percent of the time.
  • Maddux faced 20, 421 batters in his career. Only 310 saw a 3-0 count and 177 of those were intentional walks.