Phillies All-Decade Team 1970s: Homegrown Talent at the Forefront
Maddox was a 25-year old when the Phillies acquired him in a trade with the Giants for Willie Montanez on May 4, 1975. Maddox paid immediate dividends, hitting .291 with 25 doubles and 24 stolen bases in 99 games.
The 1976 campaign was probably the best overall season for Maddox at the plate. He hit .330 with 37 doubles, 68 RBI, and 29 stolen bases. He finished fifth for NL MVP and won his second of eight consecutive Gold Glove Awards.
Maddox had a bit of a power surge in 1977, hitting 27 doubles, 10 triples, 14 home run, and 74 RBI, and 22 stolen bases, while hitting .292. He continued his consistent bat, hitting above .280 for both 1978 and 1979 with a combined 62 doubles, 24 home runs, and 59 stolen bases.
From 1975 through 1979 Maddox had 42 outfield assists and just 29 errors. His 1979 season of two errors and .991 fielding percentage was the best of his career.
Maddox played for the Phillies into the first part of the 1986 season before retiring. The best defensive outfielder in franchise history is a shoo-in for the 1970s All-Decade Team.