07/27/2004 1:58 PM ET
Greg Maddux milestone wins
No. 1: Sept. 7, 1986. Cubs 11, Cincinnati 3 at Riverfront Stadium
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
Maddux: 9 IP CG, 11 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K
Making his first start, Maddux threw a complete game, 11-hitter for the win over Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium. He was the youngest Cub to pick up a complete game victory since Ken Holtzman did so in 1966. And it was in what would become typical Maddux time: 2 hours, 36 minutes. Maddux walked three and struck out four in the game, which ended the Cubs' seven-game losing streak. Bill Gullickson took the loss, lasting 1 2/3 innings. Ryne Sandberg went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for the Cubs and Chico Walker, Leon Durham and Shawon Dunston each hit home runs. The next day, Rafael Palmeiro made his Major League debut with the Cubs.
The Cubs lineup in 1986 was Durham at first, Sandberg at second, Dunston at short, Ron Cey at third, Jody Davis catching and outfielders Keith Moreland, Gary Matthews and Bobby Dernier. Maddux joined a rotation that included Dennis Eckersley, Scott Sanderson, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Trout, Jamie Moyer and Ed Lynch. Lee Smith was the Cubs closer.
Maddux actually made his big league debut on Sept. 3, 1986, as part of a two-day, 18-inning marathon between the Cubs and Houston Astros that began the day before. The two teams set a Major League record by using 53 players in the doubleheader, including 17 pitchers.
The game began on Sept. 2 and was suspended after 14 innings tied at 4-4. Nolan Ryan started for the Astros. When play resumed the next day, Maddux came on as a pinch-runner in the 17th inning and then went to the mound to pitch. The first batter grounded out, but Billy Hatcher then hit what proved to be the game-winning home run.
Maddux was 14-4 in 26 games at Double-A Pittsfield and Triple-A Iowa before his promotion.
The Cubs went 70-90 in 1986. In July that year, the team fired ball girl Marla Collins when it was revealed that she had posed nude for Playboy magazine. On Aug. 27, Ryan beat the Cubs 7-1 at the Astrodome to win his 250th game.
The New York Mets clinched the National League East with a 4-2 win over the Cubs at Shea Stadium on Sept. 17. Dwight Gooden threw a six-hitter that day.
And Maddux closed the season Sept. 29 against his brother, Mike, in the first ever meeting between two rookie brother pitchers. Greg won 8-3 at Veterans Stadium over the Philadelphia Phillies and ended the season 2-4. Mike finished 3-7.
No. 50: July 18, 1990. Cubs 4, San Diego 2 at Wrigley Field
Maddux: 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Maddux was the ace of the Cubs staff in 1990. He notched his 50th win with a victory over the San Diego Padres to improve to 5-9.
Earlier in the year, Maddux set a Major League record by making seven putouts in the April 29 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished with 39 putouts for the year to tie Vic Willis for the National League record, set in 1904. Maddux would match that again in 1991 and '93.
The Cubs' lineup was 1B Mark Grace, Sandberg, Dunston, 3B Luis Salazar and OFs Andre Dawson, Doug Dascenzo and Jerome Walton. On May 18, Sandberg finally made an error to end his streak of 123 perfect games (584 chances). On May 22, Dawson was intentionally walked five times by the Cincinnati Reds in the Cubs' 2-1 win.
No. 100: May 31, 1993. Braves 2, San Diego 1 at Fulton County Stadium
Maddux: 9 IP CG, 5 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 7 K
Maddux opened his first season in Atlanta with a win on Opening Day over the Cubs, a 1-0 decision at Wrigley Field. The right-hander gave up five hits over 8 1/3 scoreless innings to beat his former teammate and friend, Mike Morgan. Maddux now was part of a powerful rotation that included Tom Glavine (22-6, 3.20 ERA), John Smoltz (15-11, 3.62) and Steve Avery (18-6, 2.94).
That year, the Seattle Mariners selected Alex Rodriguez as the first pick in the amateur draft and the Philadelphia Phillies chose Scott Rolen in the second round.
It was Maddux's first 20-win season, and he finished 20-10 with a 2.36 ERA. He picked up career win No. 100 in front of 45,850 at Fulton County Stadium to end a two-game losing streak. The Padres had a powerful offensive trio in Tony Gwynn, Gary Sheffield and Fred McGriff. Roger Mason took the loss.
No. 150: Sept. 27, 1995. Braves 6, Philadelphia 0 at Veterans Stadium
Maddux: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
The Braves were loaded again in '95 with Maddux, Glavine (16-7, 3.08 ERA), Smoltz (12-7, 3.18), Avery (7-13, 4.67) and Kent Mercker (7-8, 4.15) in the rotation. During a nine-game winning streak in July, Maddux shutout the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 to extend his streak of innings pitched without issuing a walk to 49. That streak would end July 13 at 51 innings when he walked San Diego pitcher Joey Hamilton, a .041 career hitter.
He issued 23 walks that season over 209 2/3 innings to lead the Majors. Opponents batted .197 against him and he was third in strikeouts with 181.
On Aug. 26, Maddux beat the Cubs 7-2 at Wrigley Field for his 16th consecutive road win, a record shared with Denny McLain, Cal McLish and Rich Dotson.
Maddux notched career win No. 150 on Sept. 27 in his final start of the year. Mark Lemke provided the offense, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Marquis Grissom added a solo homer. Maddux finished 19-2 with a 1.63 ERA, the second time he would ended the season with an ERA under 1.80. Only Walter Johnson had done that.
That year, Maddux won the Cy Young award unanimously for the second straight season. The only other pitcher to do that was Sandy Koufax. It also was Maddux's fourth consecutive Cy.
No. 200: Aug. 18, 1998. Braves 8, Giants 4 at Turner Field
Maddux: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K
The Braves won the NL East in 1998 with a 106-56 record and Maddux was responsible for 18 of those wins. This year, Atlanta had five starters with at least 15 wins (Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, Kevin Millwood and Denny Neagle), the first team to do so since the 1930 Washington Senators.
Maddux brought out the best in his opponents. He lost a 2-1 duel to Philadelphia's Curt Schilling on April 5. Schilling struck out 15 in that game.
On July 21, Chicago's Kerry Wood beat Maddux 3-0 at Turner field. Wood fanned 11 in 7 2/3 innings, and it was the first time Maddux had lost to his former team after seven wins.
Maddux won his 200th career game against the Giants and Kirk Rueter. He gave up one earned run to lower his ERA to 1.65. The Braves backed him with nine hits, all doubles, and catcher Eddie Perez had three RBIs.
No. 250: July 5, 2001. Braves 9, Phillies 5 at Turner Field
Maddux: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K
Maddux recorded his 250th win over Philadelphia. That year, he still had Glavine (16-7, 3.57 ERA) and Kevin Millwood (7-7, 4.31 ERA) as teammates. Paul Bako was Maddux's personal catcher. Brian Jordan went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs to back the right-hander.
Maddux set a Major League record that season by not issuing a walk for 72 1/3 innings from June 20-Aug. 12. He matched his career-best 10-game winning streak, June 5-July 27, when he went 10-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 11 starts. He was named both June and July Pitcher of the Month in the National League.
No. 300: Aug. 7, 2004. Cubs 8, Giants 4 at SBC Park
Maddux: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K
Maddux became the 22nd big league pitcher to reach 300 career wins, although it took a team effort. He didn't have his best stuff, struggling to locate his fastball, and needed help with five Cubs relievers pitching in. The right-hander had re-signed with the Cubs in February and reached the milestone in his second attempt. His opponent won't forget the game. San Francisco's Brad Hennessey was making his ML debut.
A sellout crowd of 42,578 packed SBC Park, including several Cubs fans, and gave Maddux a standing ovation when he was pulled. He didn't make a curtain call. Maddux didn't think that was right on the road.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.