Greg Maddux is, without a doubt, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time.
Of course, you probably already knew that because of his eight All-Star appearances, 4 Cy Young Awards, 18 Gold Gloves, two retired jerseys (Cubs and Braves), and one lifetime membership in the National Baseball Hall of Fame … but it bears repeating.
And while we could admire dozens of amazing accomplishments throughout his Major League career, this one always stuck out to me, in particular.
On July 22, 1997, Greg Maddux through a complete game against the Chicago Cubs … using just 76 (!) pitches!
Take a look:
To be sure this wasn’t him throwing a “Maddux,” because the Cubs did score a run (a “Maddux is when a pitcher tosses a complete game shutout under 100 pitches), but holy hell – 76 pitches?! That’s it?! Are you kidding me?
He’s the G.O.A.T.