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Eddie Matthews
#41 | Third baseman | Atlanta Braves


Edwin Lee Matthews

     The slugging third baseman played as a contemporary of Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda and teammate Hank Aaron, so he only led the league in OBA once and in runs created per 9 innings once.  Still, Mathews became the seventh player in major league history to hit 500 home runs, finishing his career with 512.  He walloped 30 or more round-trippers nine years in a row, reaching the 40-mark on four occasions.  In 1953, his 47 homers for the Milwaukee Braves established a single-season record for third basemen (since broken by Mike Schmidt) as he won the National League home run title.  He led the league again with 46 circuit clouts in 1959.

 

     Only Mike Schmidt and George Brett have posted more RBI than Matthews while playing third base - only Schmidt has more home runs.  His lifetime on-base average and slugging percentage are topped only by Schmidt.

 

"I'm just a beat up old third baseman. I'm just a small part of a

wonderful game that is a tremendous part of America today."

- Eddie Matthews

 

"My mother used to pitch to me and my father would shag balls. If I hit one up the middle close to my mother, I'd have some extra chores to do. My mother was instrumental in making me a pull hitter."

- Eddie Matthews

 


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