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Elliott Maddox
Outfielder/Third Baseman/First Baseman
Born: December 21, 1947 (1947-12-21) (age 62)
East Orange, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 7, 1970 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1980 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
Batting average     .261
Hits     742
Home Runs     18
Career highlights and awards

Elliott Maddox (born December 21, 1947, in East Orange, New Jersey) is a Jewish African-American right-handed former Major League Baseball American player from 1970 to 1980 for the Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators/Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Mets.

He attended Union High School in Union, New Jersey. He then went on to attend the University of Michigan, and while there took Judaic studies courses. As a junior in 1967, he won the Big Ten batting title with a .467 average.

Maddox converted to Judaism later in life.[1]



In June 1966 he was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 4th round of the draft, but did not sign. In June 1968 he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (20th pick) of the draft (secondary phase).

Minor league career

In 2 minor league seasons, in 1968 and 1969, Maddox batted .303.

Major league career


Detroit Tigers (1970)

As a 22-year-old, he played 109 games for the Tigers in 1970.

Washington/Texas Senators (1971-73)

In October 1970, he was traded by the Tigers with Denny McLain, Norm McRae, and Don Wert to the Washington Senators for Ed Brinkman, Aurelio Rodríguez, Joe Coleman, and Jim Hannan.

In 1972, he stole 20 bases, a career high.

New York Yankees (1974-76)

In March 1974 the New York Yankees purchased him from the Rangers.

In 1974, the year that he converted to Judaism, he was 6th in the American League with a .303 batting average for the New York Yankees, 4th in the league in on base percentage (.395), and had 14 assists from the outfield. He came in 8th in the league in Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player voting.

In 1975, he slipped on the field in Shea Stadium and suffered an injury to his knee. He later sued the New York Yankees as his employer, the New York Mets as lessees of Shea Stadium, and the City of New York as owners of the stadium. In a famous decision entitled Maddox v. City of New York, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that Maddox knew of the condition of the grass at the time and decided to play anyway. Therefore he assumed the risk, and the defendants were found to be not liable for any damages that occurred to him.[2][3]

In 1975, he batted .307 (.369 against lefties, and .360 with 2 outs, and runners in scoring position) with a .382 on base percentage, and came in 8th in the league in hbp (7).

Baltimore Orioles (1977)

In January 1977 the Yankees traded Maddox and Rick Bladt to the Baltimore Orioles for Paul Blair.

New York Mets (1978-80)

In November 1977 he signed as a free agent with the New York Mets.

In 1980 he led the league in being hit by the pitch (6).

Philadelphia Phillies

In June 1981 he signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies.


Maddox was an excellent defensive player, who could play both infield and outfield positions. While he played primarily outfield, he also played third base, shortstop, second base, and first base in his career. His fielding percentage in the outfield was better than the league average every year that he played.

Hall of Fame

In 2007, Maddox was inducted into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame.[3]

External links


  1. ^ The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes by Peter S Horvits page 100
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]


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