Icons of the Ivy: Greg Maddux
One of the best pitchers of his era, Greg Maddux began his ultimate run of domination with the Cubs in 1992.
That season, Maddux won 20 games and pitched to a 2.18 ERA in winning the first of his four consecutive NL Cy Young Awards. He was the first pitcher in MLB history to win the award four straight times.
Known as a control artist, Maddux won 355 career games, pitching to a 3.16 ERA with 3,371 strikeouts and 99 walks.
“He is one of four [retired] pitchers in major league history with over 3,000 strikeouts and fewer than 1,000 walks,” Cubs historian Ed Hartig said. “Greg Maddux was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2014.”
“Mad Dog” was the Cubs ace in 1989, when the team won the NL Eastern Division crown. Maddux pitched in games 1 and 4 of the NLCS against the Giants, a series the Cubs would lose 4 games to 1.
After the 1992 season, Maddux signed with the Braves and played 11 seasons in Atlanta. He returned to the Cubs in 2004. He picked up his 300th career win on August 7, 2004, against the Giants. He picked up his 3,000th career strikeout a year later, punching out Omar Vizquel to reach the feat.
Maddux finished with 133 wins as a Cub, posting a 3.61 ERA with 1,305 strikeouts.