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This Day in Georgia History

April 14, 1966

Greg Maddux Born

Atlanta Braves pitching great Greg Maddux was born in San Angelo, Texas. He spent part of his early life in Spain, before his family settled in Las Vegas, NV. Maddux was taken in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago Cubs in 1984, and made his major league debut in 1986. After a difficult first season, Maddux soon established himself as one of the game’s premier pitchers. He played for the Cubs for seven years, winning the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in the National League in 1992. Between the 1992 and 1993 season, Maddux signed with the Braves as a free agent. He would pitch in Atlanta for eleven seasons, winning the Cy Young Award in 1993, 1994, and 1995. He was the first pitcher in history to win the award four consecutive years. Not only a great pitcher, Maddux also fielded his position exceptionally well, winning the Gold Glove as the best defensive pitcher eighteen times in his career. After leaving the Braves after the 2003 season, he had brief stints with the Cubs again, the San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles Dodgers, before retiring in 2008. On July 17, 2009 was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame.