» April 19, 1952:
Eddie Mathews of the Boston Braves hits his first
ML HR off Ken Heintzelman of the Phillies in Philadelphia.
The Braves win 4-0.
» June 30, 1953:
Braves slugger Eddie Mathews has five straight hits in a 10 inning 6-4 win over the Redlegs.
» July 12, 1953:
Braves slugger Eddie Mathews hits the first grand slam in the history of the Milwaukee franchise, as the Braves sweep two from the Cardinals 10-1 and 4-3 in St. Louis.
» August 30, 1953:
Led by OF Jim Pendleton's three HRs, the Braves tie the Yankees' 1939 major-league record for the most HRs in a game with eight in their 19-4 win over Pittsburgh in the first game of a doubleheader. Pendleton is only the second rookie in history to hit three HRs in one game. In game two of the doubleheader, the Braves hit four more HRs to win 11-5. The 12 homers in a doubleheader shatters the previous mark of 9. Eddie Mathews's four HRs for the day give him an NL-leading 43; he will end the season with 47 HRs, 30 of them
on the road to set an major-league record.
» August 1, 1954:
Dodgers Clem Labine beans Joe Adcock in the fourth. Though he is wearing a batting helmet, Adcock is taken out of the game as a precautionary measure. His helmet apparently saves him from a serious injury. He will appear in the starting line-up the next day. Gene Conley reciprocates by knocking down Jackie Robinson in the sixth. Robinson ends up scrapping with Eddie Mathews. The Braves win 10-5, their 10th win in a row, as Conley runs his record to 10-5.
» September 6, 1954:
Eddie Mathews leads the Braves in 2 wins, 13-2
and 6-1, over the Cubs. Mathews has 8 straight
hits before lining out in his last at bat. The attendance
of 43,207 pushes the Braves over 2 million.
» May 18, 1955:
Milwaukee slugger Eddie Mathews undergoes an appendectomy and is lost for two weeks.
» May 30, 1956: The wind is still blowing out at Wrigley as Braves Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron and Bobby Thomson hit consecutive first-inning home runs against the Cubs Russ Meyer. Meyer then hits the next batter, Billy Bruton, with a pitch, and when Bruton charges the mound, both he and Meyer are ejected in the ensuing fight. The Cubs plate three in the 1st and reliever Turk Lown homers in the 2nd for his first ML roundtripper. Thomson adds another home run, but the Braves lose the first game 109. They hold on to win the 2nd, 119. Fifteen home runs in the two games, including four by Thomson, sets a ML-record in a doubleheader. All but three of the homers are solo.
» October 6, 1957:
With the score tied at 5-5, Eddie Mathews of
the Braves evens the WS at 2 games with a 2-run HR
in the bottom of the 10th. In the WS first famous
"shoeblack incident," pinch hitter Nippy Jones convinces
umpire Augie Donatelli that Tommy Byrne's pitch-hit
him on the foot.
» May 31, 1958: Braves Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, and Wes Covington homer in succession off Ron Kline of the Pirates in an 83 win. The same trio hit successive home runs on June 26th last year. Warren Spahn coasts to his 8th win.
» October 8, 1958:
The Yankees win the WS handily on Moose Skowron's
3-run HR off Lew Burdette in the 8th that puts the
game on ice 6-2. Eddie Mathews strikes out for
the 11th time, a record that will stand until l980
when broken by Willie Wilson of Kansas City. The Braves'
53 strikeouts are also a new WS record. This is Casey
Stengel's 7th championship, tying him with Joe McCarthy
for the most Series won.
» November 4, 1959: "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks wins his 2nd MVP award in a row on the strength of his 45 home runs and 143 RBI. Eddie Mathews finishes 2nd.
» April 17, 1960:
Eddie Mathews hits his 300th home run, off Robin Roberts, plus a double and triple, as Milwaukee beats Philadelphia 84. To date, only Jimmie Foxx hit his 300th at a younger age.
» July 13, 1960: Vern Law becomes the 2nd Pirate to win a 1960 All-Star Game, working two scoreless innings. Stan Musial comes off the National League bench and hits his record 6th and last All-Star Game home run. Willie Mays, Ken Boyer, and Eddie Mathews also homer in the 60 NL win, the 3rd shutout in All-Star Game history.
» August 15, 1960:
In the first of two games at Crosley Field, Frank Robinson and Eddie Mathews exchange punches after Robbie slides in hard at 3B in the 7th inning. Robbie comes out on the short end with a swollen eye, bloody nose, and jammed thumb, but comes back in the nitecap with a double and homer to lead the Reds to a 40 win. Bob Purkey wins the shutout, despite allowing 11 hits.
» June 8, 1961: Milwaukee sets a major-league record with four consecutive home runs in the 7th inning against the Reds. Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron hit back-to-back home runs off Jim Maloney; Joe Adcock greets reliever Marshall Bridges with another home run, and Frank Thomas sets the record. When these four teammates end their ML careers, they will have hit a combined total of 1,889 homers. For all the bombardment, the Braves lose 108.
» August 29, 1961: At Milwaukee, the Braves take over 3rd place from the Giants with a 13-inning, 76 victory. Eddie Mathews ends the game with his 26th homer. For SF, Willie McCovey cracks his 16th homer for his 3rd hit of the game, and the 20th hit in 45 at bats since his return to the Giants lineup. The Braves recognize a hot bat when they see one and, with 1st base open in the 11th, walk McCovey to get to Mays. Mays earlier drove in his 100th run, but grounds out to end the inning.
» June 8, 1965:
Joe Torre, Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, and Gene Oliver hit 10th-inning home runs, as the Braves win 82 at Chicago. It sets the major-league record for most home runs in an extra inning.
» August 20, 1965: Eddie Mathews hits his 28th home run as the Braves win 43 at Pittsburgh. The duo of Mathews and Hank Aaron, 1954-65, becomes the top home run tandem in ML history, passing the Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig total of 772 home runs while playing together.
» April 21, 1966:
The Braves trip the Phils, 54, as Chris Short's wild pitch past Bob Uecker allows the winning run to score. Eddie Mathews sets a major-league record by playing his 2009th game at 3B, topping Eddie Yost's mark.
» August 9, 1966:
In Atlanta, 52,270 watch as Felipe Alou hits a leadoff home run off Sandy Koufax. The Dodgers tie it, but Eddie Mathews adds a 9th inning solo home run to beat the Dodgers' ace 21.
» December 31, 1966: After 15 seasons with the Braves in three different cities, 3B Eddie Mathews is traded to the Astros, with P Arnie Umbach and a player to be named, for P Bob Bruce and OF Dave Nicholson.
» July 14, 1967: Eddie Mathews becomes the 7th member of the 500-HR club, connecting off loser Juan Marichal as the Astros beat the Giants, 86.
» August 17, 1967:
The Tigers trade P Fred Gladding and cash to the Astros for veteran Eddie Mathews.
» September 8, 1967: The Tigers move into a first-place tie with the Twins, as Eddie Mathews and Jim Northrup hit home runs, and Mickey Lolich beats Tommy John 41 at Chicago.
» August 24, 1971:
At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks hits his 512th and final home run, connecting off the Reds Jim McGlothin in the 4th inning. Ernie moves past Mel Ott into an 8th place tie with Eddie Mathews on the all-time list. Chicago beats Cincy, 54. The Cubs will lose 10 of their next 12, however, to drop out of contention.
» August 7, 1972:
Eddie Mathews takes over as Braves manager following the dismissal of Luman Harris. Things don't change as the Reds squash the Braves, 91, at Riverfront Stadium.
» April 8, 1974: In the 4th inning, of the Braves home opener 74 win against the Dodgers, Henry Aaron parks an Al Downing pitch in the left-CF stands for career home run 715, breaking Ruth's once thought to be unapproachable record. With former teammate Eddie Mathews watching as Braves manager, that makes 1,227 home runs for just two players. After Downing walks the next two batters, Mike Marshall makes his first appearance as a Dodger, and the first of a record 106 appearances this year. As noted by Dave Smith, the Dodgers are wearing black arm bands this game (and for the next few) in memory of Ken McMullen's wife, who died just before the season started.
» June 21, 1974: The Braves fire manager Eddie Mathews, the only man to play for the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. Clyde King is hired to replace him.
» January 19, 1978: The BBWAA elects Eddie Mathews to the Hall of Fame. The former 3B is named on 301 of 379 ballots.
» August 7, 1978: Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, and Larry MacPhail are inducted at Cooperstown.
» October 4, 1980: Mike Schmidt's 2-run home run in the top of the 11th inning gives Philadelphia a 64 win over Montreal, clinching the NL East title for the Phillies. The home run is Schmidt's 48th of the season, breaking Eddie Mathews's single-season record for 3B set in 1953.
» June 20, 1985: Reggie Jackson's 513th home run sparks the Angels to a 40 win over the Indians and moves him past Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews into 10th place on the all-time list.
» July 9, 1987: Mike Schmidt hits his 513th career home run off Atlanta's Zane Smith to move past Eddie Mathews and Ernie Banks into 10th place on the all-time list, but the Phillies lose to the Braves 116.
» June 10, 1992: At Milwaukee, Mark McGwire hits his 22nd homer of the year and his career 200th. It comes in his 2,852nd at bat, and he is the 5th quickest to reach 200. The fastest was Ralph Kiner (2,537), then Babe Ruth (2,580), Harmon Killebrew (2,584) and Eddie Mathews (2,811). Winning for first-place Oakland is Ron Darling (63).
» May 21, 1996: At Fenway Park, Seattle pounds out 19 hits to beat Boston, 137. Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the 7th-youngest player to collect 200th homers, when he connects in the M's 6-run 4th inning: Mel Ott, Eddie Mathews, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron were all younger. Jay Buhner hits a 2-run shot in the inning, the 5th game in a row he's connected, and Edgar Martinez adds four hits in the game.
» August 12, 1998: Seattle loses to Toronto, 115, despite a home run by SS Alex Rodriguez. It is the 100th homer of Rodriguez's career, making his the 4thyoungest player to reach the plateau. The only players to do so at a younger age were Mel Ott, Tony Conigliaro, and Eddie Mathews.
» September 17, 1999:
The Cardinals score nine runs in the 4th inning on their way to an 11-8 win over the Astros. Mark McGwire hits home run #56 on the season, and the 513th of his career. Big Mac passes Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews on the all-time list.
» April 2, 2001:
David Wells pitches six strong innings and Magglio Ordonez hits a 3-run as the White Sox beat the Indians, 74 in the opener for both teams. Colon gives up all seven Chicago runs. The bright spot for the Tribe is Juan Gonzalez, who bangs two homers, the 1st Indian with two home runs on Opening Day since Duke Sims, in 1968. Gonzalez also became just the 4th player to twice hit two home runs on Opening Day (Eddie Mathews: 1954, 1958; Raul Mondesi: 1995, 1999; Joe Torre: 1965, 1966).
» April 3, 2002:
The Giants defeat the Dodgers, 120, as Barry Bonds hits a pair of home runs for the second day in a row. He becomes only the second player in history to begin a season with a pair of 2HR games. Eddie Mathews was the other.