Mathews, Eddie

Edwin Lee Mathews
Born: October 13, 1931, Texarkana, Texas
Died: February 18, 2001, La Jolla, California
Played For: 
Boston Braves (1952), Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965), Atlanta Braves (1966), Houston Astros (1967), Detroit Tigers (1967-1968)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1978

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 lasted 27 years. A member of two world championship teams, Mathews was the first athlete featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Eddie Mathews was the only man to play for the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves and Atlanta Braves?
I've known three or four perfect swings in my time. This boy's got one of them.
Ty Cobb, on seeing Eddie Mathews