The Hall of Fame will be welcoming several new members this summer and rightfully so. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will both likely be inducted into the Hall of Fame as members of the Atlanta Braves, but both also have special ties to the Chicago Cubs.
For Maddux it is easy; he was drafted by the Cubs in 1984 and had two successful stints in Chicago. He won his first Cy Young award as a Cub before going to Atlanta. During his return, he won his 300th game in a Cub uniform as well as joining the 3,000 strikeout club. His No. 31 is also retired at Wrigley Field alongside another great pitcher in history, Fergie Jenkins.
Tom Glavine’s tie to Chicago is much smaller but noteworthy as well. In 2007 as a member of the New York Mets, Glavine won his 300th game at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on a memorable Sunday night. Glavine is one of six left-hand pitchers in the 300-win club.
Both Glavine and Maddux were two of the best pitchers in the game during their prime. All of the wins, awards and accolades prove that during their time they were true masters of their craft. Maddux won 18 Gold Glove Awards, four Cy Young Awards, and had his number retired twice. Glavine also took home two Cy Young Awards, four Silver Slugger Awards and had his number retired by the Braves alongside Maddux.
For young pitchers growing up in the 1990s, Glavine and Maddux were icons. They each were excellent in-game pitchers and bona fide geniuses. In this era of stats and getting caught up in pitchers lighting up the radar gun, Maddux and Glavine did not do that. Neither were guys who threw 95 plus and just reared back and fired; they were guys who mastered the old adage of location, location, location.
Let us not forget that Glavine and Maddux both taught us that “Chicks dig the long ball.” In July, alongside former manager Bobby Cox, they will be well deserving of their enshrinement into Cooperstown. As a pitcher who did grow up during the 1990s, it is a great to see Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux officially become Hall of Famers.
Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.