How much is Eddie Mathews worth?
|Net Worth:||$15 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Player|
|Date of Birth:||October 13, 1931|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Eddie Mathews
- Born: Oct. 13, 1931
- Hometown: Texarkana, Texas
- Died: Feb. 18, 2001
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 190 pounds
- Bats: Left
- Throws: Right
- Family: Married four times; sons Edwin Jr. and John; daughter Stephanie; stepdaughter, Sarah Doyle
- Primary position: Third baseman
Before The Bigs:
- Moved to Santa Barbara, Calif. as a child, where he started in football and baseball.
- Signed just after midnight on the day after his high school graduation with the Boston Braves for a $6,000 bonus.
- Hit .363 with 17 homr runs in 63 games at Class D High Point-Thomasville (N.C.) at age 17, then .286 with 32 home runs for the Southern League (Double-A) Atlanta Crackers in 1950. Spent most of 1951 serving in the Navy in the Korean War, but was discharged due to his father’s illness and his position as a sole supporter of his family.
- Won a spot on the big-league team out of spring training in 1952.
- One of the greatest third basemen of all-time, he ranks second all-time among players at the position in home runs RBIs, slugging percentage and total bases.
- In 17 seasons, he hit 512 home runs and had 1,453 RBI. Had a career OPS of .885. He was the seventh player to reach the 500 home run plateau, and hit more than 30 home runs in nine consecutive seasons.
- Was a 12-time National League All-Star, including every season from 1955-62.
- The only former player to appear in a Braves uniform when the franchise was in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta.
- With Boston in 1952, he hit .242 with 25 home runs and tied for third in Rookie of the Year voting behind Joe Black and future Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm.
- The Braves moved to Milwaukee before the 1953 season, and he hit 47 home runs that season, setting a National League record for third basemen that lasted 27 years, until Mike Schmidt hit 48 in 1980. Finished with a .302 average, 135 RBI and a 1.033 OPS. Finished second in MVP voting behind Brooklyn’s Roy Campanella.
- Followed up those seasons with 40 home runs in 1954 and 41 in 1955.
- Teamed with Hank Aaron to lead the Braves to the National League pennant in 1957, when he hit .292 with 32 home runs and 94 RBI. The Braves beat the New York Yankees in the World Series in seven games, and Mathews hit a game-winning walk-off home run in the 10th inning of Game 4.
- Hit 31 home runs in 1958, when the Braves repeated as NL champions, but lost to the Yankees in seven games in a rematch. Mathews was held in check in the World Series, going 4 for 25.
- Had perhaps his best season in 1959 at age 27, when he hit a career-best .306 with an NL-best 46 home runs and 114 RBI. The Braves lost in a three-game NL tiebreaker with the Dodgers. Finished second in MVP voting behind the Cubs’ Ernie Banks.
- Hit his 400th career home run in 1963.
- After a couple of down seasons, he had 32 home runs and 95 RBI in 1965, the Braves’ final season in Milwaukee. Slipped to .250 with 16 home runs in Atlanta in 1966 and was traded to the Houston Astros after the season.
- Hit his 500th home run off the San Francisco Giants’ Juan Marichal on July 14, 1967.
- Traded to the Detroit Tigers in August 1967 for a player to be named later. Hit six home runs in 36 games for the Tigers, who lost the pennant to the Boston Red Sox by one game.
- Spent most of the 1968 season on the disabled list and had surgery, but the Tigers won the pennant and the World Series, with Mathews playing in two of the games. He retired with his second World Series ring.
- Led the National League in walks four times (1955, 1961, 1962 and 1963).
- Combined with Aaron to hit 863 home runs as teammates, the most in big-league history, four more than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
- Appeared on the cover of the first issue of Sports Illustrated on Aug. 15, 1954.
- Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1978, his fifth year of eligibility, with 79.4 percent of the vote.
- Was manager of the Atlanta Braves for three seasons, from 1972 to 1974. He was manager when Aaron broke Ruth’s record with his 715th home run in 1974.
- His No. 41 jersey is retired by the Braves..
- Injured in a boating accident in 1996, he never fully recovered from a pelvis injury and died of pneumonia and respiratory failure at age 69 in 2001.
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