Braves Vault: Maddux dekes the catcher

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MLB.com is digging back into its massive video vault to uncover classic plays that you have loved, forgotten about or, perhaps, are discovering for the very first time. Watch these moments and many, many more on the MLB Vault YouTube page.

May 5, 1993: Maddux dances his way to a run
Sure, Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux was known more for pitching smart than throwing hard, but don't discount his athleticism. Maddux did win a record 18 Gold Glove Awards, after all, and we'll submit this play for consideration, too. After Jeff Blauser singled against the Pirates, Maddux motored home and turned what looked to be a somewhat easy out at the plate into a run, thanks to a high step over catcher Don Slaught's mitt and then a dazzling juke move around the Pittsburgh backstop.

"It looked like hockey," Pirates pitcher Bob Walk said the next day of Maddux's moves. "He's on a breakaway and he's trying to fake out the goaltender."

May 20, 2010: Conrad wins it with ultimate slam
This play had the joy of victory and the agony of defeat wrapped up in one split second. After the Braves had already scored three runs to put themselves back within shouting distance of the Reds, utility man Brooks Conrad drove a ball to the left-field wall at Turner Field. Reds outfielder Laynce Nix seemingly had a great chance at a catch, but the ball evaded his glove and bounced off the top of the fence, handing Conrad and the Braves a rare ultimate grand slam (a slam hit in a team's final at-bat when trailing by three runs). This was one of only 19 homers that Conrad would hit as a big leaguer, but one for which he'll always be associated.

April 21, 1982: Braves set record with 13-0 start
It's hard to believe now after the Braves' incredibly consistent run of success beginning in the 1990s through today, but Atlanta wasn't always a winning franchise. So that's why it truly felt like the 1982 Braves busted out of the gate with a Major League record-setting 13 wins to begin the season, capped off with a walk-off hit by Claudell Washington in game No. 13.

The Braves had not reached the postseason since 1969 and were sub-.500 the season before, but their 13-0 start was just enough to propel them into the October dance in '82. Atlanta barely played .500 baseball after its record start -- losing 11 straight games at one point in August -- but held on to win the NL West by one game. Dale Murphy took home the first of his back-to-back NL MVP Awards.

Aug. 2, 2007: Chipper moves to short
Hall of Famer Chipper Jones was a versatile fielder in addition to being an all-time switch-hitter, starting at four different positions on the diamond across his 19 seasons. But when Braves manager Bobby Cox replaced shortstop Edgar Renteria and chose to re-align his infield by putting Jones at shortstop in this 2007 game against the Astros, it likely raised an eyebrow or two at Turner Field. The 35-year-old Jones hadn't logged a single inning at shortstop in seven years, and had only started there 41 times as a much younger player.

Jones held his own, however, taking charge on a pop-up in no man's land near the third-base line and later ranging to his left to make a very shortstop-esque play. Switched over in the top of the eighth, Jones actually worked overtime at his new spot until the Braves finally lost in 14 innings.

May 10, 1970: Wilhelm is first to 1,000 appearances
It took nearly 100 years dating back to the founding of the National League for any big league pitcher to reach 1,000 career appearances, and it took a rubber-armed Hall of Famer to finally break that barrier. Hoyt Wilhelm was 47 years old when he became the first pitcher in the 1,000-game club, an even more remarkable achievement considering that he didn't debut in the Majors until 10 years after his first Minor League pitch.

When Wilhelm took the ball for the 1,000th time, fellow reliever Roy Face (who had just retired the year prior) was the next closest pitcher on the all-time appearances list at 848. It would take another 18 years before submariner Kent Tekulve joined Wilhelm as the second 1,000-game pitcher.

Oct. 19, 1999: Jones' walk wins pennant
When a team states its goal in Spring Training is to reach the World Series, its players probably never envisioned that dream being clinched with a 'Ball 4' call. But that's how the Braves punched their fifth and final Fall Classic ticket of the 1990s, as Andruw Jones drew a bases-loaded walk from Mets pitcher Kenny Rogers in the bottom of the 11th in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.

This remains the only game in MLB postseason history (let alone a pennant-clinching contest) to end on a walk-off walk.