Eddie Mathews

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Eddie Mathews, 3B


Career: 1952-68, Braves, Astros, Tigers
Fun fact: Only Brave to play for club in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta

Hit at least 30 home runs in nine straight seasons (1953-61) and came up one home run short of making it 10 straight in 1962. He finished his 17-year career with 512 home runs, and led the NL twice.

The legendary Ty Cobb watched Matthews as a minor leaguer, and said this: "I've only known three or four perfect swings in my time. This lad has one of them."

Previous rank: 39