Of the 23 illustrious seasons Greg Maddux pitched in the major leagues, majority of them came as a member of the Atlanta Braves, and it's also the team most baseball enthusiasts remember Maddux playing for.
However, when Maddux officially enters the Hall of Fame this summer, he will not be going in as a Brave. In fact, the 355-game winner has chosen not to go with a team logo at all.
He explained his decision in a statement on Thursday:
My wife Kathy and I grew up in baseball in Chicago, and then we had just an amazing experience in Atlanta with the Braves. It’s impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so wonderful. I can’t think of having my Hall of Fame induction without support of both of those fan bases, so, for that reason, the cap on my Hall of Fame plaque will not feature a logo.
Maddux spent the prime of his career in Atlanta from 1993 to 2003. But it was the Chicago Cubs who originally drafted the right-hader in the 1984 draft. Maddux also spent brief time with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers before calling it quits in 2008.
For what it's worth, both Bobby Cox and Tom Glavine will wear Braves caps on their Hall of Fame plaque, but they are definitely in a much different situation than Maddux.
One member of the Hall of Fame class who will be joining Maddux as having no logo on his plaque is Tony La Russa. To be fair, though, he would face arguably a more difficult challenge of picking one team, as he won championships with both the Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals.
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