Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the induction of Nevadan Greg Maddux into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Below are his remarks:
Today, Nevada’s greatest baseball hero – in fact, one of the greatest baseball heroes, not of Nevada, but of all time – was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Greg Maddux is an extremely nice man, a man of humility. I have gone out to dinner with him and his lovely wife a few times. I know his brother well—who was also a professional baseball player. And he would be the first to tell you, when he was playing baseball, and today, about how average he was. I’m not a great athlete, but one of the best all-time. He started his career with the Chicago Cubs and went on to win 355 professional Major League Baseball games and four consecutive Cy Young awards.
Today, he received almost 98 percent of all votes cast—the second highest tally in the history of Hall of Fame Voting. So, I congratulate this good man, in the honor he received so deservingly. I repeat, a man of humility, a man who has probably the greatest control, in the history of baseball, of being able to throw a ball to a spot that he wanted. Not a big man. That’s an understatement. But he was precise in where he could throw that baseball. And I have such fond memories of Greg Maddux.
The last election was kind of a hard one. I called Greg, called him on his cell phone. I said, Greg I want you to be a Republican for Reid for me. He said, “I will do that.” I asked, “What are you doing?” He said, “I’m playing golf.” I asked, “Can you break 80?” He responded with, “If you leave me alone, I’ll break 70.”
I congratulate Greg on this honor.