As a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan, it pains me that Greg Maddux won’t have a Braves logo on his Hall of Fame plaque. Due to his fondness for both Chicago and Atlanta – Maddux played in over 300 games with both teams – he will enter Cooperstown without a logo.
Below is a statement on his decision:
“My wife Kathy and I grew up in baseball in Chicago, and then we had just an amazing experience in Atlanta with the Braves. 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.”
It’s hard to argue with the guy. The Cubs and Braves both played significant roles in his career. Fellow entrant, Tony La Russa, will also eschew having a logo, declining to chose between the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals.
No matter the logo, the induction ceremonies will be a wonderful day for Braves fans all over. With Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox entering alongside Maddux, there should be plenty of great stories remembering Atlanta’s wonderful run in the ’90s and early ’00s.