Why this card is awesome: Because it's easy to imagine what Topps what thinking when they gave him a crappy card number like #361. They just put superstar Tony Gwynn at #360 so they needed a scrub to put next. Maddux spent parts of 1986 and 1987 in the bigs with the Cubs and pitched poorly. Sure, he was just 21 at this point, but it didn't seem likely he would amount to anything. Umm....wrong.
That's two superstar cards in a row!
Cool stat: Check this out. At the moment, Maddux is 348-214 in his career, a .619 W-L%. That's good for 9th in career wins, and 10th all-time in W-L% among pitchers with at least 400 decisions. What do you think Maddux's record would be if we neutralized it on B-R.com? He's played mostly for winning teams, so you'd expect it to fall closer to .500, right? Wrong. His neutralized stats are 363-195, a .651 W-L%, and he'd have 7 different 20-win seasons, including 28-4 in 1994. And it's easy to forget, but this guy won 4 Cy Young awards in a row from 1992 to 1995, including the last 2 unanimously. Wow. (Note:
We can't officially add to our Hall of Fame count, but Maddux might be the first unanimous selection when he comes up for election around 2014 or 2015. With Roger Clemens being tainted by both alleged PED use and the ridiculous way in which he responded to the allegations, Maddux is now cemented as the best pitcher of the last 40 years.