#Shortstops: First rate at third base
The person that Cobb was referring to was Eddie Mathews, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.
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In addition, he was added to the World Series roster for what would end up being a historic end to a historic career. The Tigers, on the back of Mickey Lolich’s three wins in the World Series, came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games and claim their third World Series title.
After his playing career ended, Mathews spent a few years out of baseball but ultimately returned to Atlanta as a coach in 1971. The following year he became manager for the Braves, where he managed former teammate Hank Aaron as he broke Babe Ruth’s all time home run record. In 1978, four years after his managerial career ended, Mathews was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“I’m just a beat up old third baseman,” Mathews said on his induction day on Aug. 7, 1978. “I’m just a small part of a wonderful game that is a tremendous part of America today.”
Meredith Tomich was a 2018 public programming intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development