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Maddux wins 15th for 17th Straight Year

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Sep 24, 2004 5:50PM

AP photo: yahoo.comRemember 1987? Think Debbie Gibson, Poison, and Spuds McKenzie. That was also the last time Greg Maddux didn't win at least 15 games in a season! Maddux hit the 15 win milestone for the 17th straight year on Thursday, adding to the record he claimed from none other than Cy Young himself.

By beating the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, Maddux improved his record to 15-10 on the season, and helped push the Cubs back into the Wild Card lead -- a half-game up on the San Francisco Giants.

With eight games left, the Cubs remain in a fierce battle for the final playoff spot with the Giants and Houston Astros, who are 2 1/2 games back in the race. This battle will likely continue to the last day of the season, when Maddux will take the mound against his former team, the Atlanta Braves.