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.