1/26 Hall of Fame

In a tip of the cap to the Cubs, Greg Maddux has announced he will go into the Hall of Fame with no logo on his cap. The Baseball Hall of Fame announced the cap selections that will appear on the Hall of Fame plaques last week. Induction ceremonies will be Sunday, July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

According to a statement by the Hall, the plaque serves to reflect the totality of a career, details an individual’s accomplishments in the game in approximately 90 words, while listing each team on which an individual played or managed. The HOF works with the inductees on their decision. Here was Maddux’s statement regarding his pick of no logo:

“My wife Kathy and I grew up in baseball in Chicago, and then we had just an amazing experience in Atlanta with the Braves,” Maddux said. “It’s impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so wonderful. I can’t think of having my Hall of Fame induction without support of both of those fan bases, so, for that reason, the cap on my Hall of Fame plaque will not feature a logo.”

– Carrie Muskat

6 Comments

This was an intelligent decision made by an individual who exudes class. It reflects respect for Cubs’ fans especially, as most observers expected the man to represent the Braves’ organization since he spent the largest portion of his major league career with Atlanta.

I would agree about him showing class. I heard him say when you add up all his years in the Cubs’ minor league as well as in the majors it is almost as long as his stint with the Braves. I also believe, not in a prideful way, how we Cubs’ fans reacted and then supported Maddux all those years away from Chicago and for him to come back was just priceless. I was so blessed to see him pitch and win his 300th game as a Cub out in San Francisco! Maddux knew how much the fans supported him and continue to. I would not have been upset with him if he went in as a Brave because of what Himes did in regard to the contract negotiations back in ’92. So, for him to go in with no logo, I know may rub some folks in Atlanta the wrong way because they did not do to him what happened in Chicago, to me shows great deference and grace on his part. A tremendous ambassador for the game who is number 8th for all-time wins as a pitcher and hit most of his hrs (3), as a Cub! I hope our Cubs can be contenders again and that he can be a part of it, somehow. Arigatou Gozaimasu Maddux-san!

Totally agree. Am i mistaken that the hall chose Andre Dawsons cap or have the rules changed? Much respect though to Maddux or should i be as bold to say HATS OFF?

And Hats Off to jhosk, k.g. and Kenly Cub for being three of the most astute and gentlemanly fans on this site. Your posts are always interesting, thoughtful and on target in respect to baseball and fan participation!

My Cubs cap [with logo] is off to you, Greg!! I applauded you as a player, and as a person.

So he doesn’t plan to ever appear in Atlanta again?
What did they do to him to deserve this slap in the face?

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