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Monday, January 2, 2012

Blow Out the Candles January 2

Bill "Mad Dog" Madlock is celebrating his 61st birthday today.

A lifetime .305 hitter, Madlock won two batting titles with the Cubs (1975,1976) and another two with the Pirates(1981,1983).

Smiling here, Bill had a temper.  He was ejected from 18 games as a player and another 3 as a coach.

"I loved San Francisco because I got a chance to play with Willie McCovey. I loved Chicago because I loved playing with Billy Williams. But the Pirates, any time you win, and getting a chance to play with guys like Dave Parker, Stargell and Ed Ott was truly a treat…Chuck Tanner was my favorite manager. He was just unbelievable."


  1. I remember seeing Bill Madlock playing basketball as a "local celebrity" in basketball game against members of the Minnesota Vikings in 1975 in my small town. I don't think many people in the crowd knew who he was but I did have his 74 rookie card. It was a lot of fun.

  2. The only player with FOUR batting titles and NOT in the hall of fame. .305 lifetime average.


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