The Atlanta Braves will honor their former pitcher Greg Maddux on July 17 by inducting him into the Braves Hall of Fame and retiring his uniform number. The induction will take place at a special luncheon and the uniform number retirement will occur in a pregame ceremony later that night before the Braves host the New York Mets.
“Greg is such a large and important part of this organization and his contributions to this team are immeasurable,” Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz said in a release. “We feel this is a great way to honor him and to thank him for his years here in Atlanta.” Maddux’s number 31 will be the sixth Braves uniform number to be retired, joining Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35) and Warren Spahn (21). The Braves also retired the number 42 along with all teams in Major League Baseball to honor Jackie Robinson. The recently retired Maddux spent 11 seasons with the Braves beginning in 1993, and was a member of the 1995 World Championship team. He was named the National League Cy Young Award winner four times, winning in four straight years from 1992-1995 – the first pitcher to win the award in four consecutive seasons. With 355 career wins, Maddux ranks eighth on MLB’s all-time wins list. He collected his record 18th Gold Glove Award in 2008.