Indians-Cubs World Series 2016: Maddux, Jenkins to throw out Game 4 first pitch

On Friday night, Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams threw out the first pitch prior to Game 3 of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.

On Saturday, the Cubs will turn to two of the best pitchers in franchise history -- specifically, Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins -- to do the deed:

Jenkins pitched part of 19 seasons, more than half of those with the Cubs. He compiled impressive marks with Chicago -- a 119 ERA+ and 3.40 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 2,600-plus innings -- and won the 1971 Cy Young Award. His 53.2 wins above replacement total with the Cubs is the most for a pitcher in franchise history.

Maddux's accomplishments are fresher in the mind, but we'll list them all the same. He pitched for Chicago in 10 of his 23 seasons, tallying a 112 ERA+ and 2.39 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Maddux won the 1992 Cy Young Award before departing to Atlanta, yet his 33.8 WAR with the Cubs ranks eighth in franchise history.

The Cubs wouldn't mind if Game 4 starter John Lackey channels a little of both -- prime Jenkins and prime Maddux -- as he tries to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

CBS Sports Staff

R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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