I love Jayson Stark’s Weird & Wild columns from The Athletic. Today, the first W&W column of this year contained this gem.
IT WASN’T A MADDUX — OR WAS IT? When Sandy Alcantara spun off a spectacular 1-0 shutout against the Twins on Tuesday, it took him exactly 100 pitches. That means the nitpickers in our midst undoubtedly told you it didn’t officially qualify as “a Maddux” — because the definition of “a Maddux” is a complete-game shutout in under 100 pitches.
Here’s the part of that gem that caught our eye: The reigning Cy Young Award winner won a 1-0 game in an hour and 57 frigging minutes — and went all nine innings!
So of course I set out to find the last time that happened. And the answer was …
Right! Greg Maddux himself. Except he did it twice in 16 days — on Aug. 20 and Sept. 5, 1995 — both times against the Cardinals (1:50 and 1:57, in that order). Now that’s a Maddux.
Some guy named Brian Anderson also made an appearance in the column as part of back-to-back homers.
He did not throw hard, but he had incredible movement on his fastball. Control was freakishly good. He was small for a pitcher, but could high jump close to 7 feet. He looked like Wally Cox, but played like Cy Young.
That was a pretty salty pitching staff. Maddox, Glavine, Smoltz and Avery. Of course Avery didn’t have the longevity of the others. Any one of those guys could give you a complete game.
Maddox was a magician on the mound. They all fielded their position and could hit too.
I wast he’s way back to the Horner, Murphy, Treadway ans Blauser says. Pendleton from the Csrds to the Braves. The SA from the Pirated Billiard, I can’t remember the catchers.
But I do remember palm ball blue light special Pitcher what’s was his name?
When I first got to the ATL in 1984 you could go the braves game(only lived 25 miles from the stadium)and spend 10$ for Field level ticket …I did several times and sat 20-30 rows behind Ted Turner.The Team was awful,wouldn’t be 5Kin the stands but was fun for me.
Pasquel Perez(missed a start driving around 285 which makes a complete circle around ATL so if you don’t exit off you will just keep going in circles lol) was with the Braves around that time.Biff Pocoroba caught for a while …Greg Olsen was Catcher when we went from worst to 1st in 91…
You had Eddie Lopez catching for a while Javy Perez caught for a long time and was very good.
The outfielders durning that run changed a few times. Andrew Jones didn’t last a real long time.
Furcal the SS flames out after some trouble in his personal life. They were fun to follow and were really good for a long time.