THIS BAT is an Adirondack (model 11SA) with "MATHEWS" block
stamped on the barrel.
EDDIE MATHEWS used this
bat in the final Braves-Cardinals
series of 1955. In the first game, a 4-2 Braves win, he planted his 40th home run of the year off of the Busch Stadium pavilion roof onto Grand Avenue. The next day he dropped a long fly into the right field pavilion seats, taking advantage of Auggie Busch's decision to remove the pavilion screen after the 1954 season, for his 41st round-tripper in a loss to the Redbirds in the second game. The all-star
third baseman drove home 101 runs with
a total of 69 extra base hits and an average
of .289 in 1955.
HALL OF FAME third-baseman,
Eddie Mathews hit over 30 home runs nine years in a row from 1953
WHERE DID THIS BAT COME FROM?
ALL-STAR: 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962
Mathews cracked more than 30 home runs nine years in a row
In 1953, his 47 homers for the Milwaukee Braves led the National League and established a new single-season record for third basemen
EDDIE MATHEWS and Hank Aaron were the most feared 1-2 punch in baseball history.
the most feared sluggers in the National League in the 1950s,
Mathews began his Major League career on April 15, 1952 with the
Boston Braves at age 21. The strong-armed and fiercely competitive
slugger played for 17 seasons for the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves,
Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers and ended
his big league playing career in 1968.
Mathews became the seventh player in major league history to hit
500 home runs, finishing his career with 512. He walloped more than
30 home runs nine years in a row. In 1953, his 47 homers for the
Milwaukee Braves led the National League and established a single-season
record for third basemen, since broken by fellow Hall of Famer,
Mike Schmidt. Eddie had a league leading 109 RBI in 1955, when
he hit 41 home runs.
Mathews was also a good
fielding third baseman with a rifle arm and hit 40 or more home
runs each of the team's first three seasons in Milwaukee. The Braves
won pennants in 1957 and 1958, with Mathews and Hank Aaron forming
the most feared 1-2 punch in baseball. During their years as teammates,
Mathews and Aaron combined for a record 1,267 home runs 60
more than Babe Ruth and Lou
Gehrig hit together.
EDDIE MATHEWS became the seventh player in major league history to hit 500 home runs.
In 1959, Mathews won his second and last home run title, with 46.
He also hit .306, scored 118 runs, and had 114 RBIs that year. He
hit 23 or more home runs each of the next six seasons and had 32 or
more three times.
In 2,391 games, Mathews had 2,315 hits including 354 doubles,
72 triples and 512 home runs. He had 1,453 RBIs, scored 1,509 runs
and was a nine-time National League all-star third baseman.
After playing with the Braves for one season after they moved to Atlanta in 1966, Mathews was with the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers in 1967. He ended his major league career with the Tigers in 1968.
As a testament to his stellar career, Mathews was elected to the Baseball
Hall of Fame in 1978 with 80 percent of the vote.
EDDIE MATHEWS: Did you know...
...Mathews combined with Henry
Aaron to hit the most homers as teammates (863) - more than
Ruth and Gehrig. Further,
Mathews and Aaron are the only teammates to hit 400 homers each
as teammates (442 for Hank, 421 for Eddie).
...Mathews and Aaron homered
in the same game 75 times. That total is two more than Babe Ruth
and Lou Gehrig, and ranks
as the all-time record.
Mathews played 2,181 games at the hot corner, 112 at first base, and 52 in the outfield (most of them in 1963, when the Braves wanted to get Denis Menke some playing time at third base!)
MATHEWS on the cover of SPORT
From 1954 to 1966, Mathews and Aaron
led the Braves attack. During those 13 seasons they ranked No. 2
(Aaron) and No. 4 (Mathews) in baseball in games played. They were
first and third in hits (Aaron leading), second and fourth (Mathews)
in runs and runs created, first and third (Mathews) in RBI, and
their combined 863 homers were the most by teammates ever. Aaron
clubbed 442, Mathews 421, good for second and fourth in baseball
over that stretch. Perhaps no team in history has had two such great
sluggers over that long of a period. Babe Ruth and Lou
Gehrig teamed for ten seasons, while Willie
Mays and Willie McCovey
were paired for 13 1⁄2 seasons, but didn't enjoy the same
success, relative to their league, as Aaron
...Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe
Adcock and Frank Thomas become
the first four players ever to hit successive home runs in a game
on June 8, 1961. They did it in the seventh inning against Cincinnati.
Mathews was the first athlete featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
...Mathews was a National League all-star in 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962.
THIS ISSUE of Sports Illustrated published in June 1956 extolled the "power of the Braves, " and featured Eddie on the cover.
...Mathews was signed by the Boston Braves before the 1949 season as an amateur free agent. On the evening of his high school graduation, Mathews signed his big-league contract with the Braves, while he was wearing his tuxedo for the dance.
...Mathews was traded by the Atlanta Braves in Dec. 1966 with a player to be named later and Arnold Umbach to the Houston Astros for Dave Nicholson and Bob Bruce. The Atlanta Braves sent Sandy Alomar Sr. (February 25, 1967) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.
...Mathews was traded by the Houston Astros in Aug. 1967 to the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named later. The Detroit Tigers sent Fred Gladding (November 22, 1967) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.
...Mathews was released by the Detroit Tigers in Oct. 1968.
...Mathews was the only man to play for the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves and Atlanta Braves.
...Mathews became a coach with the Braves after retiring. He took over as manager during the 1972 season and was fired during the 1974 season.
...Mathews was born October 13, 1931 in Texarkana, Texas. He died February 18, 2001 in La Jolla, California at age 69.
EDDIE MATHEWS, middle, was among this quintette
of Braves who produced the biggest power show of the 1953 season.
On Aug. 30 the group racked up eight home runs in the first game
of a double-header in Pittsburg to set a new National League record.
The Braves then added four more round-trippers in the nightcap for
a day's total of 12 to smash the senior loop records for a double-header
and the total for two successive games. The Braves' record-tying
home run parade in the first game, above left to right, included
Jack Dittmer, Johnny
Logan, Mathews (who socked a pair), Jim Pendleton (who hit three)
and Del Crandall. Mathews
and Logan each hit one out in the nightcap also.
ONE OF THE MOST FEARED sluggers during the
1950s, Mathews played for 17
seasons for the Boston Braves, Milwaukee
Braves, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros
and Detroit Tigers
EDDIE MATHEWS was a National League all-star in 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962.
hits the dirt to score one of his career
EDDIE MATHEWS was featured on the cover of the premier issue of Sports Illustrated in August 1954.
EDDIE MATHEWS was elected to the Baseball
Hall of Fame in 1978 with 80 percent of the vote.