Nick Maddox

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Nick Maddox
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Born: (1886-11-09)November 9, 1886
Govanstown, Maryland
Died: November 27, 1954(1954-11-27) (aged 68)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 13, 1907, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 12, 1910, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 43–20
Earned run average 2.29
Strikeouts 193
Career highlights and awards

Nicholas Maddox (November 9, 1886 in Govanstown, Maryland – November 27, 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1907 through 1910 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Maddox is one of the few pitchers to throw a no-hitter in his rookie season.

He defeated the Brooklyn Superbas 2–1 at Pittsburgh's Exposition Park on September 20, 1907, one week after pitching a 4–0 shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in his major league debut. At the age of 20 years and ten months, he became the youngest pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter in major league history.

Not until Cliff Chambers in 1951 would another Pirate pitch a no-hitter, and the next no-hitter in Pittsburgh would not come until 1971, when Bob Gibson of the Cardinals no-hit the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. The Pirates' home stadium in between, Forbes Field, had not witnessed a no-hitter in its 61-year (mid-1909 to mid-1970) history. Through 2013, Maddox is still the youngest pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the majors.

Maddox was also the last Pirate to win his first 4 career starts (in 1907) until the feat was matched by Gerrit Cole in 2013.[1] William F. Kirk of the New York American in 1908 called Maddox a "...a well formed youth with a face like a dried apple."[2]

After his rookie season, Maddox spent two more years with the Pirates as a starting pitcher and finished his career in 1910 as a relief pitcher. In his career, he had 43 wins, 20 losses, and a 2.29 earned run average.

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Preceded by
Big Jeff Pfeffer
No-hitter pitcher
September 20, 1907
Succeeded by
Cy Young