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  • Mark Welsh/2006Cubs Greg Maddux takes a moment before 2006 Chicago White Sox and Cubs game.

      Mark Welsh/2006Cubs Greg Maddux takes a moment before 2006 Chicago White Sox and Cubs game.

  • Greg Maddux reacts after giving up a two run HR to the Reds.

      Greg Maddux reacts after giving up a two run HR to the Reds.
    Daily Herald/2004

  • Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux waves to the crowd during a ceremony to retire his number 31 before a baseball game against the New York Mets in Atlanta, Friday, July, 17, 2009.

      Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux waves to the crowd during a ceremony to retire his number 31 before a baseball game against the New York Mets in Atlanta, Friday, July, 17, 2009.
    Associated Press/2009

  • Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Greg Maddux, center, wipes his brow as he talks to Cubs third baseman Luis Salazar (11) and manager Don Zimmer (4) during the third inning of the fourth game of the NLCS against the Giants, Sunday, Oct. 8, 1989, San Francisco, Calif. Maddux was pulled from the game in the fourth inning.

      Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Greg Maddux, center, wipes his brow as he talks to Cubs third baseman Luis Salazar (11) and manager Don Zimmer (4) during the third inning of the fourth game of the NLCS against the Giants, Sunday, Oct. 8, 1989, San Francisco, Calif. Maddux was pulled from the game in the fourth inning.
    Associated Press/1989

  • Former Chicago Cubs player Greg Maddux, right, shakes hands with Cubs' Ryan Theriot while celebrating with Ferguson Jenkins (not shown) at Wrigley Field as the Cubs retired the No. 31 both wore with the team, before the Florida Marlins and the Cubs baseball game, Sunday, May 3, 2009, in Chicago.

      Former Chicago Cubs player Greg Maddux, right, shakes hands with Cubs' Ryan Theriot while celebrating with Ferguson Jenkins (not shown) at Wrigley Field as the Cubs retired the No. 31 both wore with the team, before the Florida Marlins and the Cubs baseball game, Sunday, May 3, 2009, in Chicago.
    Associated Press

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Greg Maddux won his record 18th Gold Glove on Wednesday Nov. 5, 2008.

      Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Greg Maddux won his record 18th Gold Glove on Wednesday Nov. 5, 2008.
    Associated Press/2008

  • Four-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux announces his retirement at the baseball winter meetings in Las Vegas, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008.

      Four-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux announces his retirement at the baseball winter meetings in Las Vegas, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008.
    Associated Press

 
 

Here are 31 thoughts, facts, moments and memories of No. 31, Greg Maddux:

Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux got 97.19 percent of the vote as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux got 97.19 percent of the vote as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. - Mark Welsh/Daily Herald file photo
1 With 546 career putouts, Maddux is No. 1 in baseball history among pitchers. Next is Kevin Brown with 388.

2 When he signed with the Cubs for the second time in his career -- as a free agent in 2004 -- Maddux said, "It just felt right. I wanted to come back. I wanted to forget all the stuff that happened when I left."

3 Led the league in ERA for three straight seasons (1993-95), going 55-18 with a 1.90 ERA in 678 innings and a WHIP of 0.93.

4 Won four consecutive Cy Young Awards from 1992-95.

5 Maddux led the league in innings pitched for five consecutive years, from 1991-95.

Braves pitcher Greg Maddux fires in a pitch in the bottom of the first.

Braves pitcher Greg Maddux fires in a pitch in the bottom of the first. - Jeff Knox/2003

6 In 1988, Maddux threw more than 130 pitches in 6 starts. He threw 143 in his first start of the year, and 167 on May 17 when he went 10⅔ innings scoreless before a two-out, bad-hop, bases-loaded single in the 11th cost him the game.

Maddux was 15-3 after a 131-pitch outing on July 10, his fifth 130-plus pitch game of the season. He went 3-5 the rest of the way.

Cubs Greg Maddux pitches during Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs vs. The Pittsburg Pirates at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Cubs Greg Maddux pitches during Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs vs. The Pittsburg Pirates at Wrigley Field in Chicago. - Bob Chwedyk/2004

7 The number of times Maddux was booed at Wrigley Field on Opening Day 1993, when he made his first start for the Atlanta Braves. Maddux went 8⅓ innings and picked up the win in the Braves' 1-0 victory over the Cubs and Mike Morgan.

Greg Maddux was the starting pitcher during the Chicago Cubs 2004 home opener at Wrigley Field in Chicago, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Greg Maddux was the starting pitcher during the Chicago Cubs 2004 home opener at Wrigley Field in Chicago, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. - Mark Black/2004

8 With 97.19 percent of the Hall of Fame vote, Maddux recorded the eighth-highest percentage ever.

Cub fans cheer Greg Maddux back at the 2004 home opener at Wrigley Field.

Cub fans cheer Greg Maddux back at the 2004 home opener at Wrigley Field. - Bob Chwedyk/2004

9 Maddux pitched a 9-inning complete game, 4-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 22, 1997. He allowed 5 hits and no walks with 6 strikeouts.

The game took 2:07, and Maddux threw 76 pitches as the Cubs tried a new tactic. They swung early in at-bats, knowing Maddux always tried to get ahead in the count.

The Cubs made outs on the first pitch 11 times and the second pitch four times. Said Mark Grace after the game, "I guess that was a bad idea."

The marquee at Wrigley Field congratulates former Chicago Cubs player Greg Maddux on his election to the baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Chicago. Ma

The marquee at Wrigley Field congratulates former Chicago Cubs player Greg Maddux on his election to the baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Chicago. Ma - Associated Press

10 Maddux is 10th all time in strikeouts with 3,371.

Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker and starting pitcher Greg Maddux share a laugh before a game with the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker and starting pitcher Greg Maddux share a laugh before a game with the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field in Chicago. - Patrick Kunzer/2004

11 Maddux is 11th all time among pitchers in assists with 1,194.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Greg Maddux struck out eight and gave up one run in eight innings against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Greg Maddux struck out eight and gave up one run in eight innings against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday at Wrigley Field. - Daily Herald/2007

12 Maddux was first in the league in assists 12 times.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Greg Maddux reacts after giving up the second home run to the Philladelphia Phillies in the first inning Sunday at Wrigley Field. He pitched six innings and left the game losing by one run.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Greg Maddux reacts after giving up the second home run to the Philladelphia Phillies in the first inning Sunday at Wrigley Field. He pitched six innings and left the game losing by one run. - Daily Herald/2004
13 With 5,008 innings-pitched, Maddux is 13th all time.

14 Maddux had 14 stolen base attempts and was successful 11 times in his career. He had at least 1 stolen base in each of the last five years of his career, from age 38 to 42.

Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux acknowledges the crowd's cheers as he gets is 3,000th strikeout against Omar Vizquel of the Giants in 2005.

Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux acknowledges the crowd's cheers as he gets is 3,000th strikeout against Omar Vizquel of the Giants in 2005. - Joe Lewnard/2005

15 He finished his career 15th all time in batters faced with 20,421. Only 999 of them walked. His career WHIP was 1.14.

Chicago Cub Greg Maddux has trouble with his arm during the 4th inning of a 10-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Chicago Cub Greg Maddux has trouble with his arm during the 4th inning of a 10-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. - Daniel White/2005

16 Sixteen voters did not put a check mark next to his name on the Hall of Fame ballot. Seriously.

Winning pitcher Greg Maddux walks off the field to a standing ovation in the 7th inning of the Chicago Cubs' 14-6 win over the Boston Red Sox. The Cubs belted out 20 hits.

Winning pitcher Greg Maddux walks off the field to a standing ovation in the 7th inning of the Chicago Cubs' 14-6 win over the Boston Red Sox. The Cubs belted out 20 hits. - Daniel White/2004

17 Won at least 15 games in 17 straight seasons.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild, right, takes Greg Maddux out of the game as the Chicago Cubs battle the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2006 home opener, Friday.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild, right, takes Greg Maddux out of the game as the Chicago Cubs battle the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2006 home opener, Friday. - Daniel White/2006

18 Maddux won 18 Gold Gloves, the most in baseball history by any player at any position.

Cubs vs San Diego Padres, Pardes pitcher Greg Maddux talks to the media before the game.

Cubs vs San Diego Padres, Pardes pitcher Greg Maddux talks to the media before the game. - Mark Welsh/2004

19 This is the number of times combined that Maddux led the league in wins, ERA, WHIP, innings pitched and complete games.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux en route to his 300th career win, in a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, in San Francisco. The Chicago Cubs are retiring the No. 31 worn by both Ferguson Jenkins and Greg Maddux.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux en route to his 300th career win, in a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, in San Francisco. The Chicago Cubs are retiring the No. 31 worn by both Ferguson Jenkins and Greg Maddux. - Associated Press/Aug. 7, 2004
20 Maddux was 20 years old and the youngest player in baseball when he made his major-league debut on Sept. 3, 1986.

The game is listed as Sept. 2, but Maddux pitched an inning in relief in a suspended game that was restarted at Wrigley Field on Sept. 3.

He gave up 1 run and 1 hit, a home run to Houston's Billy Hatcher and took the loss. He actually entered the game as a pinch runner for Jody Davis in the bottom of the 17th, thus making his first big-league appearance.

Chicago Cubs starter Greg Maddux sets to deliver his pitch in the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis Sunday, April 23, 2006. Maddux and the Cubs defeated the Cardinals 7-3.

Chicago Cubs starter Greg Maddux sets to deliver his pitch in the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis Sunday, April 23, 2006. Maddux and the Cubs defeated the Cardinals 7-3. - Associated Press

21 He threw 194 innings or more 21 times, including 18 seasons of 200-plus innings, 12 seasons of 225-plus innings and seven seasons of 245-plus innings.

22 Number of times Maddux faced Ryne Sandberg during his career. Sandberg went 7-for-22 (. 318) with 1 RBI and 4 strikeouts.

Luis Gonzalez (. 325) had the best career against Maddux with 10 homers and 23 RBI, the most of any player in both categories.

Barry Bonds (. 265) had the most walks (24), Ray Lankford the most strikeouts (33), and Craig Biggio tied Gonzalez with the most hits (40).

23 In his 23 seasons, Maddux won a single World Series ring, in 1995 when the Braves defeated the Indians in six games.

On Oct. 21, 1995, the Braves beat the Indians 3-2 in Game 1 with Maddux throwing a 2-hitter in his first World Series game. He allowed 2 unearned runs and defeated Orel Hershiser.

24 Of the 24 first-place votes for National League Cy Young in 1992, Maddux collected 20 and easily captured the award for the first of his four straight while posting a WAR of 9.2, the highest of any player in baseball.

Ted Wilcox, left, and Matt White work to complete a number 31 sign that will be displayed outside Turner Field after the Braves retire the number 31 in honor of former pitcher Greg Maddux in Atlanta on Friday, July 10, 2009.

Ted Wilcox, left, and Matt White work to complete a number 31 sign that will be displayed outside Turner Field after the Braves retire the number 31 in honor of former pitcher Greg Maddux in Atlanta on Friday, July 10, 2009. - Associated Press/2009

He won his 20th game in his final start for the Cubs before hitting free agency, a complete-game shutout of the Pirates at home on Sept. 30, lowering his ERA to 2.18.

He also led the league in starts (35) and innings (268) with a 1.01 WHIP.

The Cubs told him at the all-star break that he had a lot to prove, having never won 20 games or a Cy Young. He did both. They still shut the door on him.

In this Sept. 22, 2002, file photo, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Greg Maddux delivers to a Florida Marlins batter in the first inning of a baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta. Mad Dog and Glav were fixtures in the Atlanta Braves rotation for years, and now they await word on another possible honor that will keep them together: induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In this Sept. 22, 2002, file photo, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Greg Maddux delivers to a Florida Marlins batter in the first inning of a baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta. Mad Dog and Glav were fixtures in the Atlanta Braves rotation for years, and now they await word on another possible honor that will keep them together: induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. - Associated Press
25 With a Wins Above Replacement of 106.9 (Baseball-Reference), Maddux is 25th among all players in baseball history.

26 Maddux was 26 years old on Dec. 12, 1992, when he signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves.

27 With a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.37, Maddux is 27th all time (minimum of 1,000 innings-pitched).

28 It took only $28 million over five years for the Braves to sign Maddux in December 1992, just $3 million more than the Cubs offered in December 1991. The Yankees offered $37 million.

29 The number of batters faced by Maddux on May 28, 1995, when the Braves beat the Astros 3-1 in a game that took 2:19.

Maddux allowed only 1 hit, a solo homer on an 0-2 pitch by Jeff Bagwell leading off the eighth inning. The Braves committed an error, and Maddux walked one. It was the closest he came to pitching a no-hitter.

30 Maddux made 30 postseason starts, including 27 for the Braves, 2 for the Cubs (1989) and 1 for the Dodgers (2006).

31 With 355 career victories, No. 31 is eighth in baseball history, 1 ahead of Roger Clemens.

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