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Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux excel from baseball diamond to golf course
When former Atlanta Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this Sunday, there more than likely won't be any mention of their exploits on the golf course on their plaques. But there very well could be.
Glavine and Maddux, who helped pitch the Braves to the World Series title in 1995, are both regulars out on the course and both maintain pretty impressive handicaps.
Maddux, who plays most often in the Las Vegas area, carries a 3.9 handicap out onto the course, according to the USGA's Golf Handicap and Information Network. Glavine has his former teammate beat with his 3.4 on a pair of Georgia courses, according to GHIN.
How does Maddux look out there? Take a look at his swing, compared to former Braves teammate John Smoltz's swing.
Not bad for guys who made their living on a baseball diamond. Then again, golf is not something these two picked up after retirement from baseball. Both played regularly on days they didn't pitch, and Maddux now runs a charity outing every year in Las Vegas.
Maddux even competed in the American Century Championship last weekend, finishing 45th. "Mad Dog" has become a staple at the celebrity event, having played in every one since his first year following his baseball career (2009), and finishing a career-best 33rd in 2011.
Glavine hasn't competed in any big events but he still carries the reputation as a golfer. When the announcement was made in January that he and Maddux had been elected into the Hall of Fame (along with former Chicago White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas), the duo appeared on MLB Network to participate in a chipping contest.
(Skip ahead to 1:50 to see Maddux hit first)
The crazy part about this is Maddux and Glavine may not have even been the best golfers on the Braves in the mid 1990s. Smoltz was another avid golfer and has on multiple occasions tried to qualify for the U.S. Open.
Smoltz, who could be inducted into the Hall of Fame as soon as next year, has also competed in every American Century Championship since 2010, and has ended each championship in the top 10.
While not as good as any of the three pitchers, former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was another golfer on those Braves teams. He participated in the past two ACC events following his retirement after the 2012 season. At the PGA Championship last year, Jones talked with PGA.com about his golf career.
If that wasn't enough of a Braves conection for you, there is more. The manager of those teams, Bobby Cox, will also enter the Hall of Fame as a manager this weekend and now sponsors a charity golf outing to benefit the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Georgia.
The Braves were a dominant team in the 1990s with five National League pennants, and probably could have fielded one of the best golf teams during that time if that had been a contest. Instead, those teams will have to settle for one World Series title and a couple Hall of Famers. Not a bad consolation prize.
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