Garry Lee Maddox
(born September 1, 1949 in Cincinnati, Ohio
) is a former center fielder
in Major League Baseball
who was known for his outstanding defense.
Minor Leagues and Military Service
Maddox was drafted by the San Francisco Giants
in the second round of the 1968 amateur draft
. Maddox missed two seasons due to his service in the U.S. Army
during the 1969 and 1970 seasons. Exposure to chemicals in Vietnam left his skin highly sensitive, and he has worn a full beard ever since to protect his face.
San Fransisco Giants
Maddox reached the major leagues with the Giants in . On May 4, 1975, the Giants traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies
for first baseman Willie Montañez
after the Phillies had failed in their efforts to acquire Rusty Staub from the Mets. The Phillies traded Montanez with the intention to replace him at first-base with Dick Allen
. Maddox went on to win his first Gold Glove Award
as the top center fielder in the National League
. Montanez was traded away the next year.
Maddox's 1975 Gold Glove was his first of eight in a row. His sparkling play led Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas
to remark, "Two-thirds of the Earth
is covered by water, the other one-third is covered by Garry Maddox." (This quote has also been attributed to Ralph Kiner
, the Hall-of-Fame
slugger-turned-broadcaster for the New York Mets
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