Mathews hits 500th career home run
Ironically, two years earlier, Bob Wolf wrote in the Sporting News that with fewer than 125 home runs between the Braves pair and Ruth-Gehrig, “it would seem that only a trade could keep (Mathews and Aaron) from breaking it.”
Mathews finished his career with a .271 batting average, 512 home runs and 1,453 runs batted in over 17 seasons – and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978. He is one of 10 players to hit 30 or more home runs in nine straight seasons.
A two-time National League home run champion, the Texas native played on two championship teams: With the Braves in 1957 and the Detroit Tigers in 1968.
Mathews passed away on Feb. 18, 2001 in La Jolla, Calif.
Chris Blake was the 2010 publications intern in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum