Sunday, April 5, 2009
"31 and Done" in Atlanta!
The Atlanta Braves will induct Greg Maddux into the Braves Hall of Fame and retire his number 31 jersey on July 17th. He will become the sixth Brave to have his number retired, along with the number 44 of Hank Aaron, Eddie Matthew's 41, the number 3 worn by Dale Murphy, Phil Niekro's 35, and the 21 cloak of Warren Spahn. His illustrious career includes 355 career wins, 18 Gold Gloves, 4 Cy Young's, and a World Series ring. Maddux, who is 42 years old, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1984, and came to Atlanta as a free agent in 1993. That signing would have to rate in the top 5 of all free agent moves in the history of sports. Let the "Mad Dog" eat! He became one-third of the "Big Three", along with Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. He also became an integral part of Atlanta's record 14 consecutive division titles.