Maddux will go into Hall of Fame without a logo on plaque

Maddux will go into Hall of Fame without a logo on plaque
January 23, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

When Greg Maddux was elected into the Hall of Fame, everybody assumed he would go in wearing an Atlanta Braves cap.

It makes sense: 194 of Maddux's 355 wins and 363 of his 740 starts came in a Braves uniform. He also won three of his four Cy Youngs while in Atlanta.

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But he did get his start with the Cubs and re-signed in Chicago after his stint in Atlanta, making 298 starts and winning 133 games with the Cubs.

As such, Maddux's Hall of Fame plaque will not have a logo on it.

"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 in a statement released Thursday. "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 the support of both of those fan bases, so, for that reason, the cap on my Hall of Fame plaque will not feature a logo."

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Maddux could be starting a trend here. With the way free agency has changed the game and players on the move so often, it's possible many more will follow his lead in the future and enter the Hall of Fame without a logo.

As for the other members of the Class of 2014, Bobby Cox and Tom Glavine will predictably sport the Braves logo on their caps while Frank Thomas will boast the Chicago White Sox and Joe Torre will have the New York Yankees. Like Maddux, Tony La Russa also opted to go without a logo on his plaque.