Eddie Mathews was undoubtedly one of the greatest 3rd basemen ever to play the game. He played for 17 seasons (1952-68), beginning his career with the Braves, first in Boston and then moving with them to Milwaukee and Atlanta (the only player to do so). He also played with the Houston Astros (1967) and the Detroit Tigers (1967-68). He was one of the most prolific run producers in National League, topping 100 RBIs 5 times and hitting over 30 homers 10 times while leading the NL in homeruns in 1953 and 1959. He played in 12 All-Star games, was a member of pennant winners in Milwaukee in 1957 & ’58, and Detroit in 1968. He was twice a World Champion in ’57 & ’68. His lifetime career totals were 512 homeruns, 2315 hits, 1453 RBIs and .271 BA. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1978, and his #41 was retired by the Atlanta Braves in 2001.
April 25, 2015
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