Cubs Hall of Famer Greg Maddux is celebrating his 54th birthday Tuesday by raising money for those who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Maddux created a GoFundMe and promised to match all donations up to $54,000. The money will be split evenly between Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, Feeding America and Candlelighters, a nonprofit dedicated to childhood cancer, Maddux wrote in the description of the fundraiser page.
It’s important to give back. I will match all donations up to $54,000 to celebrate my 54th birthday. Support covid relief efforts here https://t.co/cQzfYBgeqy— greg maddux (@gregmaddux) April 14, 2020
“Thank you for donating to my page, any amount is appreciated!” Maddux wrote.
As of 5:30 p.m., Maddux’s GoFundMe had already raised more than $6,000.
Maddux, now an analyst for MLB Network, encouraged people to follow his twitter @gregmaddux, where he’ll be sharing updates on the fundraiser’s progress. He’s also live-tweeting reruns from some of his favorite career games this week on MLB Network.
Maddux, who was drafted by the Cubs in 1984, played his first seven seasons of 23-year major-league career in Chicago, where he captured his first Cy Young Awards in 1992.
After a contract dispute the following offseason, Maddux joined the Braves as a free agent and won three more Cy Young Awards. He rejoined the Cubs in 2004 but was traded to the Dodgers in 2006.
Maddux, an eight-time All-Star, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.