Nicholas Maddox (November 9, 1886 in Govanstown, Maryland – November 27, 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1907 through 1910 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Maddox is one of the few pitchers to throw a no-hitter in his rookie season.
|Born: November 9, 1886|
|Died: November 27, 1954 (aged 68)|
|September 13, 1907, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 12, 1910, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||2.29|
|Career highlights and awards|
Not until Cliff Chambers in 1951 would another Pirate pitch a no-hitter, and the next no-hitter in Pittsburgh would not come until 1971, when Bob Gibson of the Cardinals no-hit the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium, nor would another Pirate pitch a no-hitter in Pittsburgh until John Candelaria did so in 1976. The Pirates' home stadium in between, Forbes Field, had not witnessed a no-hitter in its 61-year (mid-1909 to mid-1970) history. Through 2013, Maddox is still the youngest pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the majors.
Maddox was also the last Pirate to win his first 4 career starts (in 1907) until the feat was matched by Gerrit Cole in 2013. William F. Kirk of the New York American in 1908 called Maddox a "a well formed youth with a face like a dried apple." After his rookie season, Maddox spent two more years with the Pirates as a starting pitcher and finished his career in 1910 as a relief pitcher. In his career, he had 43 wins, 20 losses, and a 2.29 earned run average.
- "Pirates' Cole wins 4th straight to start career – Yahoo! Sports". Yahoo!. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers