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 a publications intern in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum