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Greg Maddux

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Biography:

Legendary Major League Baseball pitcher Greg Maddux was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2014 in his first year on the ballot, placing himself in a group of only 47 first ballot hall of famers ever in America’s favorite pastime. Greg was well-known for his pinpoint accuracy and control of the ball as well as his inept ability to pitch to each individual opposing batter’s weaknesses. He is probably best known for his stretch with the Atlanta Braves from 1993-2003 in which he helped guide the team to the division title every year as well as a World Series championship in 1995.

Sports Speaker Greg began his career in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs in 1986 as the youngest player in the MLB at that time. His 18 wins in 1988 began a streak of 17 straight seasons with 15 or more wins, an MLB record that still stands today. After winning his first Cy Young Award, Greg signed on with the Atlanta Braves where he joined future hall of famer Tom Glavine, a fellow starting pitcher who was also inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Greg in the class of 2014. Throughout his career, Greg’s pitching statistics were incredible notching 355 total wins, 18 Gold Glove Awards, and 4 total Cy Young Awards that he won a record setting 4 consecutive years in a row. He was also an 8-time all-star appearing in his first in 1988 with the Cubs and his last in 2000 with the Braves. During his major league career he played for 4 teams including the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.

Greg has been giving back to those in need since his move to Atlanta in 1993 when he founded The Maddux Foundation. The foundation provides financial support to other charities to help children in need and also provide support to battered women. They have long supported Candlelighters, a childhood cancer fund and SafeNest, a shelter for battered women. His biggest event is the Greg Maddux Celebrity Invitational golf tournament held each year in Las Vegas.