This Day In Sports History (September 29th) – Maddux Brothers

It was on this day in 1986 that Greg Maddux faced his brother Mike Maddux, as the Chicago Cubs took on the Philadelphia Phillies.  This marked the first and only time in Major League history that two rookie brothers started against each other.

Greg would easily out-duel his older brother and pick up the win.  Mike only lasted three innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs, while Greg pitched an effective seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs while striking out seven.  This would be the only time the two brothers faced each other, as Mike bounced around from team-to-team, mostly as a relief pitcher.

There have been a total of eight pairs of brothers who started against each other in Major League history, most notably Phil and Joe Niekro, who did so on nine separate occasions throughout their careers.  The most recent brothers to do battle were Jeff and Jered Weaver, who did so in June of 2009.

Here is a tribute to Greg Maddux.

Notable Birthdays

Ken Norton Jr., NFL – Born September 29th 1966 (age 45) in Jacksonville, Illinois

Jake Westbrook, MLB – Born September 29th 1977 (age 34) in Athens, Georgia

Kevin Durant, NBA – Born September 29th 1988 (age 23) in Washington D.C.

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