October 13, 1931, in Texarkana, Texas
February 18, 2001,
in La Jolla, California
Edwin Lee Mathews
Major League Debut:
Primary Team:Milwaukee Braves
Managed: Atlanta Braves (1972-1974)
Teams Played For:
Boston Braves (1952), Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965), Atlanta Braves (1966), Houston Astros (1967), Detroit Tigers (1967-1968)
1957 World Series, 1958 World Series, 1968 World Series
All-Star (9): 1953, 1955-1962
A feared left-handed slugger, Eddie Mathews became the seventh player in major league history to hit 500 home runs, finishing his career with 512. He walloped more than 30 round-trippers nine years in a row. In 1953, his 47 homers for the Milwaukee Braves led the National League and established a single-season record for third basemen that would last 27 years. A member of two World Championship teams, Mathews was the first athlete featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
"I've known three or four perfect swings in my time. This boy's got one of them."
— Ty Cobb, on seeing Eddie Mathews
Did You Know?...
Eddie Mathews was the only man to play for the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, and Atlanta Braves.
Hall of Fame
Elected to Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers in 1978, Player
301 votes on 379 ballots 79.42%
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