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Maddux's success driven by his impeccable control

On Greg Maddux's 40th birthday, Tim Kurkjian looks at the amazing career the Cubs right-hander has put together.

Originally Published: April 14, 2006
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

When Greg Maddux made his major league debut in 1986, he was 20 years old, then the youngest pitcher in baseball.

"I've always thought it would be cool,'' he said a few years ago, "to leave as the oldest.''

Someday, he might get his wish. He turns 40 today, and based on how well he has thrown in his first two starts of this season, he might have several good years left.

This comes as no surprise to one of the men who knows him best, Orioles' pitching coach Leo Mazzone, who was Maddux's ...

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