An African-American outfielder who converted to Judaism, Maddox played 11 seasons in the majors. A graceful outfielder who could, and did, play any infield position, Maddox finished eighth in the American League MVP voting in 1974 while with the Yankees.
Born in New Jersey, Elliott attended The University of Michigan, and while there, took Judaic study courses. As a junior in 1967, he won The Big Ten batting title with an amazing .467 average. The following year, he was made the number 1 pick of The Detroit Tigers in the secondary phase of the draft. He spent the next two seasons in the minors.
In 1970, Elliott broke into the majors with the Tigers, hitting .248 in 10 games. Voted Detroit’s Rookie Of The Year, he was traded to the Washington Senators and the following year, moved with the team when they became The Texas Rangers. In 1974, Elliott converted to Judaism, and he was bought by The Yankees and had the best season of his career – he batted .303 and had a .395 on-base percentage. In 1975, Elliott hit .307 with the Yankees.
Elliott spent the final years of his career with the Mets, and then retired to Florida. Maddox was known for his smooth, elegant defensive play. He covered a lot of ground in the outfield, and yet still averaged only two errors a season over a seven year period.