Joss, MacPhail, Mathews inducted as Class of 1978
There was more than just power for Mathews. A career .271 hitter, Mathews led the league in walks four seasons as well.
“There’s nothing I can show him,” remarked Braves batting instructor and fellow Hall of Famer Paul Waner. “He’s just a natural.”
Mathews ended his career on top – as he was a member of the 1968 Detroit Tigers World Series team. All in all, he tallied two world championships, the other being with Milwaukee in 1957.
In his fifth year of eligibility, Mathews was named on 301 of 379 of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s ballots and joined Joss and MacPhail in the Class of 1978.
“The greatest honor of my career,” said Mathews following his induction into the Hall. “I’m just a small part of a wonderful game that is a tremendous part of America today. Baseball has been so good to me, everything I’ve got, I owe to it. I’ve tried to give it all I had.”
Andrew Kivette was the 2013 public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development