7/22/2014 10:00 A.M. ET
Ten signature moments from Greg Maddux's career
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Ten top moments from the career of Greg Maddux, who will enter the Hall of Fame on Sunday:
Sept. 7, 1986: Cubs 11, Reds 3 -- First Major League win with complete game vs. Cincinnati
Maddux's Major League debut was not glamorous -- he entered as a pinch-runner in the 17th inning before yielding the game-winning homer in the 18th against the Astros on Sept. 2 -- but he made up for it five days later. He scattered 11 hits and three walks while allowing three runs to pick up his first win in the big leagues.
April 5, 1993: Braves 1, Cubs 0 -- Opening Day gem beats Cubs in Atlanta debut
Opening Day at Wrigley Field. What did Maddux do? He shut out his former team for 8 1/3 innings. Maddux gave way to Mike Stanton after allowing two baserunners in the ninth, but it set the stage for his first season with Atlanta, during which he won 20 games, posted a 2.36 ERA and won the National League Cy Young Award.
May 28, 1995: Braves 3, Astros 1 -- Near no-hitter vs. Houston
This was the closest Maddux came to a no-hitter. He held the Astros hitless until Jeff Bagwell led off the eighth with a home run to left field, the only hit Houston collected that day. Maddux wound up with his only complete-game one-hitter (he also allowed one hit in a five-inning complete game on April 27, 1997). This was one of 10 complete games Maddux threw in 1995 en route to a fourth straight Cy Young Award.
Oct. 21, 1995: Braves 3, Indians 2 -- Two-hitter against Cleveland in his first World Series game
Maddux's third trip to the postseason resulted in his first trip to the World Series, and he didn't disappoint in Game 1. With two unearned runs -- one in the first, one in the ninth -- the only blemishes on his ledger, Maddux outdueled Orel Hershiser to give the Braves the win. Atlanta went on to win the Fall Classic in six games, Maddux's only ring in 23 seasons.
Oct. 21, 1996: Braves 4, Yankees 0 -- Eight scoreless innings against the Yankees in the World Series
A year to the day after he dominated the Indians, Maddux gave the Yankees similar treatment, this time in Game 2 of the World Series. He scattered six hits during eight scoreless innings, throwing just 82 pitches, to give Atlanta a 2-0 Series lead. Maddux held the meat of the Yanks' lineup -- Wade Boggs, Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez -- to a combined 1-for-12. New York, however, won the next four games to capture the Series.
Sept. 30, 1997: Braves 2, Astros 1 -- Complete game gets Braves started en route to Division Series sweep over Houston
Maddux ceded only a fifth-inning RBI single to the opposing pitcher, Darryl Kile, on his way to another brilliant postseason outing. This one was in Game 1 against the Astros. He allowed seven hits and struck out six in nine innings.
May 2, 2001: Braves 1, Brewers 0 -- Strikes out 14 in a two-hit shutout of the Brewers
In what many consider the best game he ever pitched -- it produced a game score of 96 -- Maddux struck out a career-high 14 batters in his first of three shutouts that season. Milwaukee managed only two hits and a walk. Maddux retired the final 13 batters, eight of them via strikeout.
Aug. 7, 2004: Cubs 8, Giants 4 -- 300th career win
The game and date represent an important milestone in Maddux's career, but the game itself was pretty unspectacular. Maddux lasted five innings, yielding four runs on seven hits while striking out three. He also walked three, one of just two occasions he walked that many in a game that season. "Obviously, to win 300 games, you've got to have a lot of help," Maddux said afterward. "I've played on a lot of good teams, and a lot of times, you're only as good as the guys behind you. Today was a good example."
May 10, 2008: Padres 3, Rockies 2 -- Win No. 350
In one of the highlights of his brief time with the Padres, Maddux held the Rockies to one unearned run to become only the ninth pitcher to record 350 wins. This one was much more Maddux-ian than No. 300. He allowed three hits, struck out one and walked none in six innings -- all on 68 pitches. Trevor Hoffman recorded the save, then gave Maddux the ball.
Sept. 27, 2008: Dodgers 2, Giants 1 -- Surpasses Clemens in regular-season swan song
With six innings of one-run ball, Maddux collected victory No. 355 to move past Roger Clemens and into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time wins list. It was the last of his 744 regular-season games, 740 of them starts. After three postseason relief appearances, Maddux retired in December, setting up a Hall of Fame induction with old friend Tom Glavine five years later.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.