Runnin' Rebels To Honor Maddux Feb. 3
Jan. 21, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV men's basketball program has announced that its home game against San Diego State on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. will be "Greg Maddux Night" at the Thomas & Mack Center. Maddux - a longtime UNLV Runnin' Rebel fan and season-ticket holder - is considered by many to be the greatest Major League Baseball pitcher of his generation.
The evening's celebration will feature a halftime presentation honoring the future Hall of Famer, who announced his retirement from baseball in December 2008.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize the brilliant career of one of Las Vegas' favorite sons," said UNLV head coach Lon Kruger. "It should be a memorable night and we hope the community joins us in supporting Greg. He is the ultimate professional and has made this community proud for the past two-plus decades. This is a unique opportunity for Las Vegas to tell him 'thank you.'"
The four-time Cy Young Award winner grew up in Las Vegas and graduated from Valley High School in 1984 before being drafted by the Chicago Cubs. Having played for the Cubs (1986-92, 2004-06), the Atlanta Braves (1993-2003), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2006, 2008), and San Diego Padres (2007-08), Maddux finished his 22-year career with a record of 355-227 and an ERA of 3.16. His 355 victories rank him eighth all-time in Major League Baseball. He also collected a record 18 Gold Glove Awards for his superlative defensive skills.
The Las Vegan earned a World Series ring with the 1995 Braves and although he is known more for his pinpoint precision than sheer velocity, he ranks 10th all-time in strikeouts. Maddux ended his career in October pitching in the playoffs with the Dodgers.
He figures to become a Hall of Fame inductee on his first ballot when he becomes eligible in 2014.
"This is a fun opportunity to be associated with the Runnin' Rebels," Maddux said. "The Runnin' Rebels have always been Las Vegas' team and I've been a fan for a long time. We all want this to be a celebration for the entire community. I'm grateful for the career that I enjoyed and this is a good way to celebrate it with many people from home who have supported me for a long time."