Eddie Mathews Stats

Eddie Mathews was born on Tuesday, October 13, 1931, in Texarkana, Texas. Mathews was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1952, with the Boston Braves. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Eddie Mathews baseball stats page.

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"She (his mother) used to pitch to me and my dad would shag and as I got older every time I hit a ball back through the middle, close to my mother I got an additional chore to do, so my mother was instrumental in making me a pull hitter." - Eddie Mathews (08/07/1978, Hall of Fame Induction Day Speech, Source ) [ Eddie Mathews Quotes ]

Eddie Mathews

Eddie Mathews Autograph on a 1993 Topps Archive Baseball Card (#67)

Eddie Mathews Autograph on a 1993 Topps Archive Baseball Card (#67)

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Birth Name:
Edwin Lee Mathews
Nickname:
The Brookfield Bomber - The Santa Barbara Bomber
Born On:
10-13-1931  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Texarkana, Texas
Year of Death Data Died On:
02-18-2001 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
La Jolla, California
Cemetery:
Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California
High School:
Santa Barbara High School (Santa Barbara, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
04-15-1952 (Age 20)
Last Game:
09-27-1968
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Eddie Mathews Pitching Stats

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Eddie Mathews Hitting Stats

1952 21 Braves 145 528 80 128 23 5 25 0 58 59 3 115 5 - 1 9 .242 .320 .447
1953 22 Braves 157 579 110 175 31 8 47 2 135 99 15 83 1 - 2 6 .302 .406 .627
1954 23 Braves 138 476 96 138 21 4 40 2 103 113 15 61 3 7 2 9 .290 .423 .603
1955 24 Braves 141 499 108 144 23 5 41 0 101 109 20 98 1 6 1 5 .289 .413 .601
1956 25 Braves 151 552 103 150 21 2 37 0 95 91 17 86 3 4 1 4 .272 .373 .518
1957 26 Braves 148 572 109 167 28 9 32 0 94 90 5 79 2 2 0 6 .292 .387 .540
1958 27 Braves 149 546 97 137 18 1 31 0 77 85 5 85 8 8 2 9 .251 .349 .458
1959 28 Braves 148 594 118 182 16 8 46 1 114 80 2 71 3 2 3 6 .306 .390 .593
1960 29 Braves 153 548 108 152 19 7 39 0 124 111 3 113 4 6 2 8 .277 .397 .551
1961 30 Braves 152 572 103 175 23 6 32 0 91 93 3 95 1 4 2 10 .306 .402 .535
1962 31 Braves 152 536 106 142 25 6 29 1 90 101 7 90 0 4 2 11 .265 .381 .496
1963 32 Braves 158 547 82 144 27 4 23 0 84 124 14 119 0 3 1 9 .263 .399 .453
1964 33 Braves 141 502 83 117 19 1 23 0 74 85 5 100 0 2 1 8 .233 .344 .412
1965 34 Braves 156 546 77 137 23 0 32 1 95 73 7 110 1 3 3 11 .251 .341 .469
1966 35 Braves 134 452 72 113 21 4 16 1 53 63 6 82 1 1 0 6 .250 .341 .420
1967 36 Astros 101 328 39 78 13 2 10 0 38 48 12 65 2 4 1 5 .238 .333 .381
1967 36 Tigers 36 108 14 25 3 0 6 0 19 15 0 23 1 2 2 1 .231 .331 .426
1968 37 Tigers 31 52 4 11 0 0 3 0 8 5 1 12 0 0 0 0 .212 .281 .385
17 Years 2,391 8,537 1,509 2,315 354 72 512 8 1,453 1,444 140 1,487 36 58 26 123 .271 .376 .509

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Eddie Mathews Fielding Stats

1952 Braves 3B 142 142 3,807 438 3.1 419 160 259 19 21 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.97
1953 Braves 3B 157 157 456 495 3.2 465 154 311 30 33 n/a n/a n/a .939 27.53
1954 Braves 3B 127 126 3,351 379 3.0 366 112 254 13 28 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.95
1954 Braves LF 10 10 270 23 2.3 21 21 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .913 2.10
1955 Braves 3B 137 137 3,696 441 3.2 420 140 280 21 23 n/a n/a n/a .952 3.07
1956 Braves 3B 150 149 4,293 445 3.0 420 133 287 25 22 n/a n/a n/a .944 2.64
1957 Braves 3B 147 147 39 446 3.0 430 131 299 16 27 n/a n/a n/a .964 297.69
1958 Braves 3B 149 149 432 489 3.3 467 116 351 22 24 n/a n/a n/a .955 29.19
1959 Braves 3B 148 148 3,945 467 3.2 449 144 305 18 21 n/a n/a n/a .961 3.07
1960 Braves 3B 153 153 147 443 2.9 421 141 280 22 23 n/a n/a n/a .950 77.33
1961 Braves 3B 151 151 4,020 467 3.1 449 168 281 18 30 n/a n/a n/a .961 3.02
1962 Braves 1B 7 7 177 69 9.9 69 67 2 0 7 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.53
1962 Braves 3B 140 140 3,669 440 3.1 424 141 283 16 22 n/a n/a n/a .964 3.12
1963 Braves 3B 121 115 3,144 402 3.3 389 113 276 13 23 n/a n/a n/a .968 3.34
1963 Braves LF 42 42 963 70 1.7 64 63 1 6 0 n/a n/a n/a .914 1.79
1964 Braves 1B 7 7 165 61 8.7 59 54 5 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .967 9.65
1964 Braves 3B 128 123 3,234 392 3.1 377 130 247 15 19 n/a n/a n/a .962 3.15
1965 Braves 3B 153 146 3,864 433 2.8 414 113 301 19 19 n/a n/a n/a .956 2.89
1966 Braves 3B 127 115 3,069 371 2.9 351 114 237 20 31 n/a n/a n/a .946 3.09
1967 Astros 1B 79 68 1,806 620 7.8 612 572 40 8 50 n/a n/a n/a .987 9.15
1967 Astros 3B 24 20 534 58 2.4 55 22 33 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .948 2.78
1967 Tigers 1B 13 12 297 119 9.2 118 106 12 1 9 n/a n/a n/a .992 10.73
1967 Tigers 3B 21 19 462 45 2.1 42 14 28 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .933 2.45
1968 Tigers 1B 6 6 132 38 6.3 37 34 3 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .974 7.57
1968 Tigers 3B 6 5 99 13 2.2 13 3 10 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.55
3B Totals 2,181 2,142 42,261 6,664 3.1 6,371 2,049 4,322 293 369 n/a n/a n/a .956 4.07
1B Totals 112 100 2,577 907 8.1 895 833 62 12 75 n/a n/a n/a .987 9.38
LF Totals 52 52 1,233 93 1.8 85 84 1 8 0 n/a n/a n/a .914 1.86
17 Years 2,345 2,294 46,071 7,664 3.3 7,351 2,966 4,385 313 444 n/a n/a n/a .959 4.31

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Eddie Mathews Miscellaneous Stats

1952 Braves 6 4 .600 3 0 n/a 21.1 4.6 9.1 - - -
1953 Braves 1 3 .250 0 0 n/a 12.3 7.0 4.3 - - -
1954 Braves 10 3 .769 2 0 n/a 11.9 7.8 4.6 - - -
1955 Braves 3 4 .429 4 0 n/a 12.2 5.1 4.9 - - -
1956 Braves 6 0 1.000 2 0 n/a 14.9 6.4 5.8 - - -
1957 Braves 3 1 .750 1 0 n/a 17.9 7.2 6.1 - - -
1958 Braves 5 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 17.6 6.4 7.1 - - -
1959 Braves 2 1 .667 0 0 n/a 12.9 8.4 5.2 - - -
1960 Braves 7 3 .700 0 0 n/a 14.1 4.8 4.4 - - -
1961 Braves 12 7 .632 1 0 n/a 17.9 6.0 6.3 - - -
1962 Braves 4 2 .667 4 1 n/a 18.5 6.0 6.0 - - -
1963 Braves 3 4 .429 1 0 n/a 23.8 4.6 6.5 - - -
1964 Braves 2 2 .500 10 0 n/a 21.8 5.0 6.8 - - -
1965 Braves 1 0 1.000 9 0 n/a 17.1 5.0 5.7 - - -
1966 Braves 1 1 .500 16 0 n/a 28.3 5.5 8.5 - - -
1967 Astros 2 4 .333 13 0 n/a 32.8 5.0 8.6 - - -
1967 Tigers 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 18.0 4.7 5.7 - - -
1968 Tigers 0 0 .000 20 0 n/a 17.3 4.3 6.5 - - -
17 Years 68 39 .636 91 1 n/a 16.7 5.7 5.9 - - -

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Eddie Mathews Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1952 Boston Braves 41 $6,000.00 - -
1953 Milwaukee Braves 41 $10,000.00 Stats -
1954 Milwaukee Braves 41 $35,000.00 - -
1955 Milwaukee Braves 41 $50,000.00 Stats -
1956 Milwaukee Braves 41 $50,000.00 Stats -
1957 Milwaukee Braves 41 $50,000.00 Stats Stats
1958 Milwaukee Braves 41 $55,000.00 Stats Stats
1959 Milwaukee Braves 41 $50,000.00 Stats -
1960 Milwaukee Braves 41 $65,000.00 Stats -
1961 Milwaukee Braves 41 $67,500.00 Stats -
1962 Milwaukee Braves 41 $65,000.00 Stats -
1963 Milwaukee Braves 41 $62,500.00 - -
1964 Milwaukee Braves 41 $57,500.00 - -
1965 Milwaukee Braves 41 $55,000.00 - -
1966 Atlanta Braves 41 $57,500.00 - -
1967 Houston Astros 11 "     " - -
1967 Detroit Tigers 7 $57,500.00 - -
1968 Detroit Tigers 7 $75,000.00 - Stats
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Did you know that Eddie Mathews is the only player in Major League history to be a player on the Braves roster when they were in Boston (he was on their team in 1952), Milwaukee (1953 through 1965 / every season they existed), and Atlanta (1966)?

Eddie Mathews Hall of Fame Plaque
Eddie Mathews | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1978 ( HOF )
In 1953 , Eddie Mathews hit 47 home runs, the most in a single season by a third baseman , and a feat mentioned on his Hall of Fame plaque (above). The record stood for thirty-three years, until Mike Schmidt hit 48 at the hot corner in 1980 - a mark tied once by Adrian Beltre in 2004, and broken in the American League by Alex Rodriguez , who had 52 in 2007. Please join Baseball Almanac as we take a look at more numbers of interest as they relate to one of the greatest third baseman in baseball history :

4 - Eddie Mathews was the first Braves player to hit 40-or-more home runs in a single season, first eclipsing the plateau in 1953 , a feat he duplicated four times during his career ( 1954 , 1955 , 1959 ). Hank Aaron tied Cap'N Eddie after reaching the plateau in 1957 , 1960 , 1962 , and 1963 , then set the current franchise record in 1966 , his fifth, and padded the mark in 1969 , 1971 and 1973 (eight total instances). Since Hammerin' Hank & Mathews, only one Brave has done it more than once. Do you know who it was? [ Answer ]

41 - Eddie Mathews wore uniform number 41 with the Braves , the second player in franchise history to use the number, behind Chet Lemon . When Cap'n Eddie hung up his cleats in 1968, the team did not re-issue the number and in 2001, they officially retired it, making Mathews the last player who will ever wear #41 .

63 - Eddie Mathews was ranked fifty-first by The Sporting News when they released their list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players in the history of baseball.

512 - Eddie Mathews was the seventh player in baseball history to enter the 500 Home Runs Club , finishing his career with 512 (sixth most in Major League history at that time). On July 14, 1967 , Mathews hit his historic 500th homer off Juan Marichal , the first (and to date only) member of the 500 Home Runs Club to join via a Hall of Fame pitcher.

863 - Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron hit, while teammates, 863 combined home runs, the most in baseball history for two teammates (second place belongs to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig ).

2,181 - Eddie Mathews played 2,181 games at third base, the most in Major League history at the time of his retirement - as well as the most assists by a third baseman in a career (4,322), the most chances handled at third (6,371), and the most total chances (6,664).

Eddie Mathews, who appeared on the cover of the very first Sports Illustrated ever published , "was considered the best hitting prospect in baseball, and even Hall of Famer Ty Cobb marveled at the youngster's ability, 'I've only known three or four perfect swings in my time,' said Cobb (in Thar's Joy in Braveland: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves , SABR Digital Publishing, 03/28/2014, Page 124). 'This lad has one of them.'"
Eddie Mathews, Sports Illustrated Cover
Eddie Mathews | Sports Illustrated (1st Issue) | August 16, 1954

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