Bill Madlock---1975
This card subtly exemplifies Bill
Madlock's career... one that was
played in the shadows of anonymity.

A career .305 hitter and four-time
National League batting champ,
Madlock was one of baseball's
unheralded stars of the 1970s and
1980s.

After coming over to the Cubs in a
deal that shipped future Hall of
Famer Ferguson Jenkins to the
Rangers, Madlock promptly won
back-to-back batting titles as he took
over at the hot corner for Cub
Legend, Ron Santo.

Never content, the hapless Cubs
sent him to the Giants for a package
that brought in return an aging
Bobby Mercer. After two-plus
seasons of hitting
only in the low
.300s while he was miscast at second
base for San Francisco, Madlock was
shuttled to the Pirates in 1979, just in
time to join Willie Stargell, Dave
Parker and "The Family" who downed
the Orioles in the Fall Classic.

With the Pirates he settled in back at
third base and won two more batting
crowns, to become the first player
ever to win two titles with two different
clubs.

Along the way, he picked up the
nickname "Mad Dog" for his fiery
temper and inability to get along with
management. Madlock was ejected
18 times during his career and was
once suspended 15 games in 1980
for poking umpire Jerry Crawford in
the face with his glove after being
called out on strikes with the bases
loaded.

Maybe Madlock was constantly upset
about his secondary status in the
game, as he was named to only three
All-Star squads during his 15-year
career, primarily due to playing in the
shadows of future Hall of Famer Mike
Schmidt and Tinsletown's Ron Cey.

Here at the
Gods though, we place
Madlock's card in the spotlight, to
show off his career... and his shadow.


(5/27/08)