Wednesday, May 31, 2017

TURN BACK THE CLOCK- EDDIE MATHEWS SLAMS HIS 500TH CAREER HOME RUN

Next up in my running “Turn Back the Clock” series is Hall of Fame slugger Eddie Mathews and his 500th career home run, hit while he was a member of the Houston Astros on July 14th 1967:


At the time Mathews became only the seventh 500-HR hitter in Major League history, on his way to 512 homers in his 17-year career, spent mainly with the Braves organization from Boston, to Milwaukee, on to Atlanta.
A beast of a hitter immediately upon reaching the Majors, in 1953 he hit 47 homers along with 135 runs batted in at the age of 21!
It would be the first of three straight 40-HR seasons, as well as nine straight 30+ homer campaigns, 10 overall.
By the time he retired after the 1968 season he easily wrote his way into Cooperstown, elected in 1978 with just under 80% of the vote.

5 comments:

  1. Mathews was such a stud. Does anyone know why the Braves traded him to Houston?

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  2. Braves felt Mathew's career was winding down (he had a pretty ordinary season in 1966) so they traded for Clete Boyer (who was years younger) to play third base, making Mathews expendable. He was just 7 homers short of 500 at the time of the trade.

    His later trade to the Tigers allowed him to retire as a World Series Champion after 1968

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    1. Good info. So Eddie won a World Series in 1957, lost one in 1958 ( both vs. Yankees) and won one vs Cardinals in 1968. Somewhat similar to Roger Maris, who ironically was part of the 1968 team that lost to Detroit ( but won in 1967 vs Red Sox after winning 2 and losing 2 as a Yankee).

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    2. Actually, Maris lost 3 World Series with the Yankees ( 1960 vs Pittsburgh, 1963 vs. L A., and 1964 vs. St. Louis).

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  3. Because of that trade to the Tigers in '67, the world never saw Mathews on a card in an Astros uniform (the hatless '67 image doesn't count). He was airbrushed as a Tiger in '68. It would have been cool to see cards of him in those uniforms, but Topps didn't do it.

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