Greg Maddux’s First Big League Win

Greg Maddux picked up his first major league win on September 7, 1986: an 11-3 win over the Reds in Cincinnati. Here is the game summary, source unknown:

At 20, Greg Maddux (1-1) became the youngest Cub pitcher to win a game and the youngest to throw a complete game since Ken Holtzman in 1966, when he was a 20-year-old. Maddux scattered 11 hits in his first big-league start. He walked three and struck out four. Maddux also collected his first big-league hit in the fifth inning and added a line single in the seventh.

Maddux, the youngest Cub since Mel Hall came up in 1981, also became the youngest pitcher to win a game in the National League this season. “I’m kind of awe-struck now,” Maddux said. “Some of the guys I saw in the clubhouse when I first walked in I watched when I was 10 years old. I remember watching Gary Matthews play at Dodger Stadium when I was about 6 years old. That’s kind of nice.”

“I don’t think it’s fair to expect Greg to lead the league in strikeouts,” said Jim Colborn, his pitching coach at Triple A Iowa. “He’s not a strikeout pitcher and he probably won’t ever win 25 or 30 games in the big leagues. But he should have a good big-league career.

“He’s a good competitor and he’s fun to watch, especially knowing that he’s just finished his paper route a couple of years ago. He’s one of my favorite pitchers.”

You can read more about Maddux in ’86 here, here, and here.

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