Mad Dog moves to Atlanta

On August 10, 1997, pitcher Greg “Mad Dog” Maddux signed a five year, $57.5 million contract with the Atlanta Braves after seven seasons with the Chicago Cubs.

Maddux started his hall of fame career as a 20-year-old in 1986. He had two wins and four losses. His stats started to pick up in his third season with 18 wins and eight losses.

While playing with the Braves, Maddux lead the team in nine trips to the National League Championship Series and three runs in the World Series.

Maddux returned to the Cubs for the 2004 and 2005 seasons where he grasped his crowning achievement with win number 300. The milestone game ended in a 8-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Video source: MLB on YouTube

By his retirement in September 2008, Maddux pitched 15 shutouts and was named to eight All-Star teams. He won 18 Gold Gloves and four Cy Young awards.

Maddux’s number was retired by both the both the Braves and the Cubs in 2009. He was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame as a player in 2014.

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