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1980’s Week: Greg Maddux’s shutout

3 months agoStaff Report

Marquee Sports Network heads back in time as 1980’s Week, proudly presented by Prevagen, continues tonight at 7 p.m. with Greg Maddux’s shutout against the Dodgers in 1989.

April 27, 1989 vs. Dodgers

A Greg Maddux-Orel Hershiser pitcher’s duel that did not disappoint, with the Cubs claiming a thrilling 1-0 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.

Maddux threw a complete game shutout, allowing only 5 hits and a pair of walks. Hershiser permitted 1 run in 7 innings on 3 hits and a walk.

The only extra-base hit in the ballgame was Gary Varsho’s RBI triple in the bottom of the 5th inning to score Maddux, who had singled a few pitches before.

It was Maddux’s only shutout of the season as the then-23-year-old finished 19-12 with a 2.95 ERA and in third place in NL Cy Young voting in 1989.

Hershiser somehow led the league in losses (15) despite a 2.31 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. He finished one spot (10 points) behind Maddux in Cy Young voting.

The 1989 Cubs won the division with a 93-69 record before losing to the Giants in the NLCS.

Fun Facts:

  • A Wrigley Field bleacher ticket cost $5.00 that year.
  • The highest-paid player in MLB that season was Hershiser, who made $2.76 million.

1980’s Week, proudly presented by Prevagen, airs each night this week at 7 p.m. on Marquee Sports Network. Click here to see the full rundown of featured games. 

Tony Andracki contributed to this story

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