This Date In Baseball History- December 8, 2008- pitcher Greg Maddux one of the all-time greatest pitchers in baseball history announced his retirement at the age of 42. Maddux retired with a win-loss record of 355-227 and a 3.16 ERA. He won 4 National League Cy Young Awards, made 8 All-Star teams, won 18 Gold Glove Awards, led the National League in wins 3 times and in ERA 4 times. He would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2014. During his long career 23 seasons Maddux will be remembered most for his days with the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves but he also spent some time with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres near the end of his career. Maddux was not a fireballer- but an artist who relied on his pin point control and ability to hit the corners. Incredibly Maddux only spent one stint in his entire career on the disabled list- and it wasn’t for arm issues but for nerve inflammation in his back in 2002. In his younger years his fastball topped off at 93 MPH and by his later years it was at 86 MPH but Maddux was an example that you can win without the overpowering fastball- he used his intelligence to outsmart the hitters. Also an example to teams- be patient with young pitchers- his first full season with the Cubs in 1987- he won 6-lost 14 and had an ERA of 5.61. Early in 1988 he found himself- went 18-8 with a 3.18 ERA and was on his way to greatness. Both the Cubs and Braves have retired his #31. I’d take a Greg Maddux over a Nolan Ryan every day of the week.