5. Eddie Mathews
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 13, 1931 in Texarkana, TX USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 15, 1952
  • Final Game: September 27, 1968
  • TSN All-Star - 1955
  • TSN All-Star - 1957
  • TSN All-Star - 1959
  • TSN All-Star - 1960
 
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The only player in franchise history to play for the organization when the team was in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta, Eddie Mathews is historically regarded as one of the best Third Baseman in the game’s history.

Mathews debuted in 1952 with the Boston Braves where he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting but in 1953 when the franchise moved to Milwaukee he would become an All Star for the first of nine times.  This was only his second season of seventeen years in the Majors yet it was arguably his best as he had career highs in Home Runs (47, which was also enough to lead the NL) Runs Batted In (135), a sweet Slash Line of .302/.406/.627 and he was second in MVP voting.  This isn’t to say that Mathews declined after this because he certainly did not.  Paired up with Hank Aaron, Mathews was one half of the most powerful dup in the National League.  The Third Baseman would have three more 40 Home Run Seasons, was a four time leader in Walks and again would have a second place finish in MVP voting (1959) while finishing in the top ten two other times.  It also can’t be forgotten that he was a critical part in the Braves winning the World Series in 1957.  He was also more than decent on the defensive side of the ball as he was a two time leader at his position in Total Zone Runs and was a top five finisher on seven more occasions.

As a Brave (Boston, Milwaukee & Atlanta) he would accumulate 2,201 Hits, 493 Home Runs, 1,388 RBIs with a Slugging Percentage of .517.

 

Eddie Mathews was traded after fifteen seasons with the Braves and in his last year in the Majors he would win his second World Series ring in a minor role with the Detroit Tigers in 1968.

Mathews would be chosen for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978 on his fifth year on the ballot.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Third Base
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent before the 1949 Season.
  • Departed: Traded to the Houston Astros with Arnold Umbach and a Player to be Named Later (which would be Sandy Alomar) for Bob Bruce and Dave Nicholson 12/31/66
  • Games Played: 2223
  • Notable Statistics: 1,452 Runs Scored
    2,201 Hits
    338 Doubles
    70 Triples
    493 Home Runs
    1,388 RBI
    66 Stolen Bases
    .273/.379/.517 Slash Line
    94.6 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1957)

    All Star (1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 & 1962)

    Highest On Base Percentage (1963)

    Most Home Runs (1953 & 1959)

    Most Runs Batted In (1961, 1962 & 1963)

    Highest Power/Speed# (1954)

    Highest Win Probability Added (1960)

    Most Putouts by a Third Baseman (1960 & 1961)

    Most Assists by a Third Baseman (1955, 1957 & 1958)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a Third Baseman (1954)

    Most Total Zone Runs by a Third Baseman (1958 & 1963)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Third Baseman (1963)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Third Baseman (1963)
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