Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NICKNAMES OF THE '70'S #31: "SECRETARY OF DEFENSE" GARRY MADDOX

Up next in my "Nicknames of the '70's" series is former Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox, aka the "Secretary of Defense".
First up, the card I came up with:


Now, allow me to start by saying I looked high and low for a good image of Maddox out in the field, being that he was really known as a defensive master, but I could NOT find a single usable image.
On top of that, I couldn't even fins a good image of him from 1975/76, when he first joined the Phillies. I promise you, I was searching around like crazy.
Regardless, I went with a 1976 format since this was at the beginning of his run of eight straight Gold Glove Awards (1975-1982).
I'll always remember the classic line: "Two-thirds of the earth is covered by water, the other one-third by Garry Maddox", attributed to Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas. Just classic!
Now, with all this talk of his defensive abilities, Maddox was no slouch at the plate either.
By the time he retired after the 1986 season, he collected 1802 hits, with 337 doubles, 62 triples and 117 home runs, along with 777 runs scored and 754 runs batted in with a very nice .285 batting average.
He was also a threat on the base paths, stealing over 20 bases in eight straight seasons between 1973 and 1980.
But again, it was his stellar defensive work that he will always be remembered for, with a great nickname to boot: "Secretary of Defense".

11 comments:

  1. Good card. Never realized he was such a good hitter. Kinda gets lost with Mike Schmidt, Greg Kuzinski and others.

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  2. It's worth noting that Maddox was also a Vietnam War veteran.

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  3. Gary was a Real Main Dude in that Great 1980 Phillies Championship Run.

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  4. Too bad you couldn't have gotten a good photo of him tracking down a fly ball.

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    1. I promise you I tried finding one! It was killing me, especially because there were a handful of black and white period shots of him that would have been perfect.

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  5. According to Baseball Almanac, there are over 50 major league ballplayers who served in Vietnam. Besides Garry Maddox, the list includes Jim Bibby, Al Bumbry, Ed Figueroa, Jim Kern, Jerry Koosman, Thurman Munson, and Bobby Murcer. Perhaps this might inspire you to create a new series of 'missing' cards, eh?

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    1. This could be something Joe...Let me bounce it around in my head a while...Thank you, as always!

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    2. Interesting topic Joe. I am sure that there were a few older players, managers and coaches that may have been Korean War or even WWII vets that had cards in the 70's too.

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  6. Gary was the CF for 2 of my favorite outfields of the 1970's. Phillies (Greg Luzinski/Maddox/Bake McBride) & Giants (Gary Matthews/Maddox/Bobby Bonds).

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  7. Maddox was the reason the Phillies were able to get Luzinski in the lineup. He was a brutal outfielder, and Maddox was able to cover half of left field for him.

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  8. I believe Maddox appears in the background of the 1977 Topps card depicting the '76 NLCS as he's firing a ball back into the infield from deep center as Pete Rose rounds third base. That may be the only shot I can recall of him playing in the field.

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