» September 29, 1986:
Two rookie pitchers face each other as the Cubs send Greg Maddux against the Phils to face his brother Mike Maddux. Greg wins, 8–3 in the first ever encounter between rookie brothers.
» June 26, 1987:
You gotta give him credit for trying. Paul Noce of the Cubs ties a major-league record (tied 11 days ago) in the 3rd inning by twice being thrown out trying to steal. A dropped ball leaves him safe at 2B after he is caught, then he is thrown out trying to steal 3B. Pittsburgh beats Greg Maddux and the Cubs, 5–2. Maddux will finish 6–14, his last losing season.
» April 29, 1990: The Cubs Greg Maddux sets a major-league record for pitchers when he records seven putouts in a 4–0 win over the Dodgers. Maddux will record 39 putouts for the year to tie Vic Willis's National League mark for the century set in 1904. Greg will then match it again in 1991 and 1993.
» September 16, 1990: Pirates ace John Smiley (12–7) scatters nine hits to top the Cubs Greg Maddux (17–12). The Bucs win 8–6, but the Cubs still lead by five 1/2 games over the Mets and Cardinals.
» October 6, 1991: Greg Maddux and the Cubs beat the Cards, 7-3, with Omar Olivares the loser. The Cards are thwarted in their attempt to become the first team since the 1912 Washington Senators to have 10 players with 10 or more stolen bases. In the 9th inning, Joe Torre inserts Tom Pagnozzi, with nine steals, into the game as a pinch runner, but Hector Villanueva throws him out. Yesterday, Pagnozzi reached base twice and both times the burly Villanueva gunned him down.
» April 7, 1992: At Opening Day in Philadelphia, Greg Maddux holds the Phils to six hits in seven innings and the Cubs win, 4–3.
» April 20, 1992: Greg Maddux beats the Phillies again, this time at Wrigley, 8–3. He also clouts a long home run onto Waveland Avenue.
» June 25, 1992: Chicago's Greg Maddux and New York's Vince Coleman almost get into a fight, but Maddux takes it out on the Mets by striking out 10 in a 3–1 Chicago win.
» July 5, 1992: Umpire Bill Hohn ejects an Atlanta Braves fan from the Braves-Cubs game for making obscene gestures. The gestures might have been meant for the Braves, who are shut out 8–0. Greg Maddux goes seven innings for the win over John Smoltz, giving up three runs. The other five come off Juan Berenguer, who lasts 1/3 of an inning. Chicago gets homers from Kal Daniels, Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, and Mark Grace.
» July 16, 1992: At a press conference in Pittsburgh, Greg Maddux announces that he has broken off negotiations with the Cubs management and would become a free agent after the season. Maddux is playing on a one–year contract. "I've given them two opportunities to sign me. I really think it should have been taken care of." Tomorrow, Maddux will beat the first–place Pirates.
» July 17, 1992:
Behind Greg Maddux, the Cubs beat first-place Pittsburgh, 2–1. Buc CF Andy Van Slyke has two hits and makes an unassisted DP.
» July 27, 1992: Sammy Sosa, disabled since June 13 after being hit on the right hand by Dennis Martinez and breaking a bone, bats leadoff and has three hits. He homers on the first pitch from Doug Drabek. In his first start at Wrigley since his announcement that he's leaving, Greg Maddux beats the Pirates, 3–2. In the 8th inning the Wrigley faithful give the ace pitcher a standing ovation.
» August 16, 1992: Greg Maddux allows four hits as the Cubs beat Houston, 1-0. Maddux goes the route, winning his 15th, beating Brian Williams.
» September 16, 1992:
The Cubs blow out the Phils 14–9 to give Greg Maddux his 18th win. Maddux gives up three earned runs in six innings. Led by Andre Dawson's four hits, the first four hitters collect 11 hits and 11 ribbies for the Cubs. Dave Hollins homers for the Phils, while Dawson, Ryne Sandberg and Rick Wilkins go deep for Chicago. Mark Grace makes his an error, ending his streak of 102 errorless games at 1B; his streak began after two errors on May 18 vs. the Dodgers.
» September 30, 1992:
Greg Maddux blanks the Pirates, 6–0, to become the Cubs first 20–game winner in 15 years. He will tie Tom Glavine for the National League lead in wins.
» December 9, 1992:
The Braves sign free agent Cy Young Award and Gold Glove winner Greg Maddux to a 5-year contract, and then trade pitchers Charlie Leibrandt and Pat Gomez to the Rangers in exchange for 3B Jose Oliva. Leibrandt (15–7) saw his star fall in Atlanta when he gave up 11th-inning extra base hits in the 1992 World Series and the 1991 NLCS. Maddux, who turned down a $28.5 million contract extension in mid–season with the Cubs, signs for $28 million, $6 million less than the Yankees offered.
» April 5, 1993:
Greg Maddux, signed by the Braves as a free agent, allows five hits in eight 1/3 innings to beat his old team, the Chicago Cubs, 1–0.
» October 2, 1993: At Atlanta, Greg Maddux limits the Rockies to four hits, winning 10–1. One of the hits is by Andres Galarraga, and it comes on his 502nd trip to the plate, just qualifying him for the National League batting title at .370.
» October 7, 1993: The Braves even the NLCS at one game apiece by mauling the Phillies, 14-3, on 16 hits. The 14 runs are an LCS record. Terry Pendleton, Fred McGriff, Jeff Blauser, and Damon Berryhill each homer for Atlanta, as Greg Maddux cruises to the win. McGriff's dinger is upper deck.
» July 6, 1995: Atlanta P Greg Maddux shuts out the Dodgers, 1-0. In the process, he extends his streak of innings without issuing a walk to 49.
» July 13, 1995: Greg Maddux of the Braves defeats the Padres, 4-1. His streak of 51 innings without issuing a walk is ended when he gives up a free pass to opposing pitcher Joey Hamilton, a career .041 hitter.
» August 26, 1995: Atlanta P Greg Maddux ties a major league record by notching his 16th consecutive road win, a 7-2 victory over his former team, the Cubs. Maddux now shares the record with Denny McLain, Cal McLish, and Rich Dotson.
» October 7, 1995:
The Braves win their Division Series with a 10-4 victory over Colorado. Greg Maddux notches the win, and Fred McGriff homers twice for Atlanta.
» October 13, 1995: Atlanta wins its 3rd straight over Cincinnati, defeating the Reds, 5-2, behind Greg Maddux.
» October 21, 1995: The Braves beat Cleveland, 3-2, in Game 1 of the WS behind Greg Maddux. Fred McGriff homers for Atlanta, while Kenny Lofton becomes the 1st player since 1921 to steal 2 bases in one inning of a Series game. The 2 teams combine for only 5 hits, tying a WS record for fewest hits by both clubs.
» November 13, 1995: Atlanta P Greg Maddux wins the National League Cy Young Award for an unprecedented 4th straight time. Maddux had a remarkable 19–2 record with a 1.63 ERA, the 2nd year his ERA is below 1.80. Only Walter Johnson has done that.
» April 11, 1996:
The Padres defeat the Braves, 2-1, ending Greg Maddux's major league record streak of 18 consecutive road victories.
» May 12, 1996: Phils' P Mike Grace outduels Greg Maddux to beat the Braves, 6–0, matching his record. The unbeaten rookie retires the last 17 batters.
» May 17, 1996: Jermaine Dye, filling in for David Justice, smacks a home run in his 1st ML at bat to back Greg Maddux's 8–2 win over the Reds. Dye is the first Brave to debut with a homer since Chuck Tanner did it on April 12, 1955.
» June 7, 1996: Colorado rips Atlanta ace Greg Maddux for 11 hits and seven runs in three 1/3 innings on their way to a 21-hit, 19-8 victory.
» June 17, 1996: The Braves beat the Padres, 9–3, as Greg Maddux (6–5) wins his first in a month. The Pads, losers of 14 of 16 games entered yesterday's game tied for first in the National League West.
» October 16, 1996: Atlanta, behind Greg Maddux, evens the NLCS at three games apiece with a 3-1 victory.
» October 21, 1996: Greg Maddux shuts out the Yankees by a score of 4-0, as the Braves take their 2nd straight as the visiting team. Fred McGriff's three RBIs give him a major league record 15 for the postseason.
» May 16, 1997:
Michael Tucker's 2-out double in the 9th breaks up Alan Benes' no-hitter. Benes, unfortunately, is matched against Greg Maddux, who holds the Cards scoreless for eight innings. The Braves finally push across a run in the 13th on Andruw Jones' infield dribbler to beat Cardinals reliever John Frascatore, 1–0. The teams combine for 33 strikeouts, three shy of matching the National League record for an extra-inning game set by the Giants and Mets in 23-innings in 1964.
» June 2, 1997:
In Atlanta, Padres rookie Heath Murray cops his first major league victory beating Greg Maddux, 5–4. Maddux (6-2) allows nine hits and all five runs in seven innings.
» June 13, 1997:
Baseball's two best teams deal their aces and once again Jimmy Key bests Greg Maddux, this time in the regular season instead of the World Series. Key gives up five hits in six 2/3 innings and the Orioles score four runs in the sixth inning for a 4–3 interleague victory over the host Braves.
» July 22, 1997: Greg Maddux parcels out just 78 pitches as the Atlanta Braves defeat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 in the opener of a doubleheader Tuesday. It is the lowest pitch total for a 9-inning complete game since Bob Tewksbury threw 76 for the Cardinals against the Reds on August 29, 1990. Chicago takes the second game 5-4.
» August 10, 1997:
Pitcher Greg Maddux signs a $57.5 million, 5-year contract with the Braves to become baseball's highest-paid player.
» September 30, 1997:
Atlanta scores single runs in the 1st and 2nd innings and Greg Maddux makes them stand up as the Braves hold off the Astros, 2-1, to take the lead in their playoff series.
» October 12, 1997:
Livan Hernandez holds the Braves to three hits and beats Greg Maddux, 2-1, in Game 5. Bobby Bonilla goes 3-for-3 for the Marlins.
» April 5, 1998:
In a duel of aces, Philadelphia's Curt Schilling strikes out 15 to beat Greg Maddux, 2–1.
» July 21, 1998:
Kerry Wood outduels Greg Maddux as the Cubs defeat the Braves before a sellout crowd. Woods strikes out 11 in seven 2/3 innings, the 6th time in 18 starts he's reached double figures. For Maddux (13–4), it is his first loss to his former team after seven wins.
» August 18, 1998: Greg Maddux wins his 200th game as the Braves double up the Giants, 8–4. Maddux allows one earned run to lower his National League best ERA to 1.65. In a rarity, the Braves collect nine hits—all doubles. Gerald Williams, Danny Bautista and Walt Weiss have two apiece, while Eddie Perez drives in three runs with another.
» September 17, 1998:
Denny Neagle pitches six shut out innings as the Braves win, 1–0, over Arizona. Neagle wins his 15th and joins ohn Smoltz, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine, all of whom have reached that level. The last team to have five 15-game winners was the 1930 Washington Senators.
» April 6, 1999: The Braves defeat the Phillies, 11–3, behind Greg Maddux. Maddux hits a home run and 2–run single in Atlanta's 8–run 4th inning, becoming the first pitcher since Todd Stottlemyre in 1996 to get two hits in the same inning.
» April 18, 1999: The Braves stroke 24 hits in pounding the Rockies, 20–5. Atlanta scores 10 runs in the 9th inning on the way to setting an Atlanta record for runs scored in a game. Andruw Jones has five hits, including a home run and triple, and drives home six runs, while Eddie Perez collects five singles. The Braves attack features at least one hit from everyone in the lineup except WP Greg Maddux.
» May 4, 1999:
Mark McGwire hit a grand slam off Greg Maddux. It is the 12th grand slam of McGwire's career and just the 2nd regular season grand slam that Maddux has allowed (the 1st was to Benito Santiago in 1996). The Cardinals scored six runs in the 2nd off Maddux, which was the 1st time he's allowed six runs in an inning. For McGwire, it is also his 100th home run with the Cardinals, becoming the 24th player to hit 100+ home run with more than one franchise and the 14th player to hit 100+ home run in both leagues.
» October 12, 1999: The Braves defeat the Mets, 4-2, in the opening game of the NLCS. Greg Maddux gets the win for Atlanta, as C Eddie Perez hits a home run.
» June 3, 2000: Brian Jordan has four RBIs to lead the Braves to a 11-7 win over the Yankees. Greg Maddux (5 2/3 IP, 13 H, seven ER, three BB, five SO) allows hits to the first four batters he faces for the first time in his career. Roger Clemens (5 IP, six H, six R, four ER, four BB, seven SO) is equally ineffective and neither get a decision. Derek Jeter has four hits and two walks, just the 6th player to get four hits in a game off Maddux.
» September 18, 2000:
The Braves defeat the Mets, 6-3, as Greg Maddux extends his scoreless streak to 29 innings.
» September 23, 2000: The Braves whitewash the Expos, 10-0, clinching their 9th consecutive trip to the playoffs. Greg Maddux hurls the shutout, extending his streak of scoreless innings to 36 1/3.
» September 28, 2000:
The Mets defeat the Braves, 8-2, ending Greg Maddux's scoreless streak at 39 1/3 innings.
» October 3, 2000:
The Cardinals defeat the Braves, 7-5, in the 1st game of their NL division series. St. Louis scores six runs in the 1st inning off Greg Maddux, then hold on as the Braves take advantage of Rick Ankiel's wildness to get back in the game. Ankiel becomes the pitcher in 110 years to throw five wild pitches in an inning.
» April 11, 2001: The Braves defeat the Mets, 2-0, as Greg Maddux (7 innings), Mike Remlinger (1 inning), and John Rocker (1 inning) combine on a one-hitter. Todd Zeile's 2nd single is the only NY hit and Maddux retires the last 17 batters he faces. Maddux has more wins against the Mets (27–16) than he has against any other team.
» April 26, 2001: Luis Gonzalez bangs two home runs in Arizona's 13-6 win over Atlanta to tie the major-league record for home runs in the month of April with 13 held by Ken Griffey, Jr. His first home run, off Greg Maddux, ties the NL record. Steve Finley also homers off Maddux, a 3-run shot, and adds a triple and single to drive in five runs. Damian Miller has two homers, including a back-to-back shots with Erubiel Durazo in the 8th. Robert Ellis (3–0) is the winner.
» May 2, 2001: The Braves beat the Brewers, 1-0, as Greg Maddux hurls a 2-hitter and strikes out a career high 14. Maddux K's eight of the last 10 batters he faces as he hurls his 100th complete game. B.J. Surhoff's home run in the 3rd off Paul Rigdon is the only score.
» May 25, 2001:
Greg Maddux becomes the first Brave pitcher since Dick Rudolph in 1916 to throw two 1-0 shutouts in the same month as he whips the Pirates, 1–0. Maddux beat the Brewers, 1–0 on May 2. Rafael Furcal's RBI single off Todd Ritchie (0–6) is the winner. The Bucs waste a chance in the 8th when they have three singles, but two runners are caught stealing.
» June 5, 2001:
Greg Maddux outduels Javier Vazquez to give the Braves a 3–1 win over the Expos. The lone Expo run comes in the 4th inning when Maddux throws two wild pitches, the only time in his career he's thrown two in the same inning. Maddux lost his last outing a week ago to Vazquez, but will go undefeated in June and July.
» July 5, 2001: Atlanta's Greg Maddux notches the 250th win of his career with a 9–5 decision over Philadelphia.
» July 17, 2001: Braves 1B Rico Brogna announces his retirement, effective immediately, opening a spot for Bernard Gilkey. The injury-plagued Brogna will coach high school football. Without him, the Braves win, 4–0, behind Greg Maddux's 34th career shutout. Maddux K's nine and walks none.
» July 22, 2001:
Greg Maddux wins his 9th straight, 8–2, over the Expos. Maddux strikes out seven in eight innings, and has now pitched 51 innings without a walk. John Smoltz, in his first-ever relief appearance, throws the 9th.
» August 7, 2001: The Braves defeat the Astros, 6–5, as Greg Maddux sets a NL record for consecutive innings without a walk. Maddux hurls six innings in the game to extend his streak to 70 1/3 frames without a free pass. The old mark of 68 innings was held by Christy Mathewson, in 1913, and Randy Jones, in 1976. Maddux left the game with the streak intact and is 14 IP away from the major league record, set by Bill Fischer in 1962.
» August 12, 2001: The Braves fall to the Diamondbacks, 9–1, as Greg Maddux's NL record streak for innings without allowing a walk is ended at 72–and–one–third. Maddux intentionally walks Steve Finley in the 3rd inning to end the streak. Arizona 2B Junior Spivey gets five singles in the contest, becoming the 5th rookie in 50 years to have a pair of 5–hit games in his first season. His other 5–hit contest was on June 21.
» August 17, 2001:
Atlanta's Greg Maddux pitches the Braves to a 2–1 win over the Giants and Livan Hernandez. Hernandez came into the game with eight straight hits and in his 1st at bat reached on an error. He goes 1–for-3. John Smoltz racks up his first regular season save, striking out four batters.
» October 3, 2001:
Cubs ace Jon Lieber picks up his 20th win of the season, beating the Reds, 13–7. He's the first Cubs 20-game winner since Greg Maddux in 1992. Sammy Sosa hits a 3-run home run for roundtripper No. 61, as the Cubs score five in the 7th. Sosa pushes his RBI total to 154 to lead the majors. Corey Patterson has four hits for Chicago while Corky Miller homers twice for the Reds. Cubs pitching coach Oscar Acosta resigns from the organization, effective immediately following the game, and will take a job with Texas.
» October 20, 2001: The Diamondbacks take a 3-1 lead in their series with an 11-4 victory over Greg Maddux and the Braves. Six of Arizona's runs are unearned as a result of three Atlanta errors. Luis Gonzalez hits a 3-run homer for Arizona while Andruw Jones connects for the Braves. Brian Anderson gets the win in relief of starter Albie Lopez.
» November 6, 2001:
Gold Glove award winners are announced. Ivan Rodriguez wins his 10th straight to tie Johnny Bench for the most by a catcher, Greg Maddux wins his 12th straight to extend his NL record for pitchers, and Roberto Alomar wins for the 10th time, the most ever for a 2B.
» April 17, 2002:
In the Braves' 2–1 win over the Mets, B.J. Surhoff makes a 9–3 fielding play; throwing out Jeff D'Amico at 1B on an apparent RBI single. Greg Maddux leaves in the 1st with lower back pain, but Kevin Millwood throws four innings of 2–hit ball.
» April 25, 2002: The Diamondbacks jump on Greg Maddux and score eight runs in the 5th inning and go on to defeat the Braves, 11–5. The D'Backs send 12 batters to the plate—11 off Maddux—and the future Hall of Famer helps by walking four batters—2 intentionally—in the 5th. He gives up 10 runs, six of which are earned. Damian Miller has four RBIs for Arizona.
» September 22, 2002:
The Braves beat the Marlins, 4–1, as Greg Maddux joins Cy Young as the only pitchers in ML history to win 15 or more games in 15 consecutive seasons.
» October 5, 2002:
The Braves take a 2–1 lead in their series with SF by pounding the Giants, 10–2. Keith Lockhart homers for Atlanta and Barry Bonds for SF. Greg Maddux goes the first six innings for the victory.
» November 14, 2002: The National League Gold Glove winners are announced. Braves P Greg Maddux wins his 13th straight award.