Episode 68 - Eddie Mathews

We continue apace with our coverage of notable Braves' players in history by talking about the only man to play in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, Eddie Mathews. Mathews was signed from Santa Barbara High School in California, making an immediate impression in the minors. As an 18 year old, he even played for the Atlanta Crackers at the old Ponce de Leon Park. By the time he reached the majors with Boston, he was already one of the best power hitters in the game and a capable third baseman. He would quickly become one of the best power hitters of all time. Mathews  Along with Warren Spahn and Hank Aaron, he propelled the Braves to two consecutive World Series in 1957 and 1958, winning the first one. Mathews was the first third baseman to hit 500 homeruns. After the 1966 season, the team's first in Atlanta, he would be traded to the Astros in perhaps the first of the Braves' bad trades in their early years of Atlanta. Then he would come back later as a coach and manager to little acclaim. None of that should overshadow his great abilities.

William Floyd