Eddie Mathews - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Dec 31, 1966:Traded Dave Nicholson and Bob Bruce(P) to Atl-N for Sandy Alomar, Eddie Mathews(IF) and Arnie Umbach
Aug 17, 1967:Traded Eddie Mathews(IF) to Det-A for Fred Gladding(P) and cash. Houston received Gladding on Nov 22

This Date in Astros History

Oct 13, 1931:Eddie Mathews is born in Texarkana, TX. He's the only man to play with the Braves while in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. With Houston, he bats .238 with ten homers before being traded.
Dec 3, 1964:General Manager Paul Richards sparks controversy when news leaks out during the Winter Meetings in Houston that he had offered the team's entire 40-man roster plus $5 million dollars for the 40-man roster of the Milwaukee Braves. Richards claimed to have had the backing of owners Bob Smith and Roy Hofheinz but the Braves shoot down the idea as a joke that got out of hand. Had it been consumated, future Hall of Famers like Hank Aaron, Phil Niekro and Eddie Mathews could have been Astros.
Dec 31, 1966:On New Year's Eve, the Astros bring perennial All-Star Eddie Mathews to Houston along with utilityman Sandy Alomar and pitcher Arnie Umbach from the Braves for pitcher Bob Bruce and outfielder Dave Nicholson. It's near the end of the line for Mathews, though, who plays just four months for the Astros.
Apr 11, 1967:Eddie Mathews beats his old Atlanta teammates in a 6-1 Opening Day victory. The Braves had traded their aging star to Houston that winter and he responds with two hits including a triple off Dick Kelley to key a six-run sixth inning. Mike Cuellar picks up the win.
Jul 14, 1967:Eddie Mathews rips a three-run homer off Juan Marichal, the 500th of his major league career . It helps the Astros topple the Giants, 8-6. Mathews had a similar chance two innings before when a mouse dashed from the Candlestick grandstands and scurried until Willie Mays shooed it under the outfield fence. Mathews fanned but Norm Miller followed with a three-run shot. Dave Giusti picks up the win and gets the game-winning hit.
Jul 16, 1967:Houston sweeps a twinbill against the Dodgers for the first time. Ron Davis bashes two run-scoring doubles while Don Wilson tosses seven shutout innings in the 4-1 opener. Eddie Mathews and Jim Wynn belt homers to lead the 8-2 nightcap win at Dodger Stadium.
Jul 24, 1967:Mike Cuellar tosses a two-hitter and notches a dozen strikeouts during a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia in eleven innings. Cuellar also scores the game-winner on a single by Jim Wynn. A sacrifice fly by Eddie Mathews plates the other Houston run.
Aug 17, 1967:Dave Giusti twirls an eight-hit shutout over the Dodgers, 4-0. A bases-loaded double by Ron Davis is the key blow. Houston deals first baseman Eddie Mathews to Detroit, eventually receiving reliever Fred Gladding and cash (not Norm) in return.
Nov 22, 1967:Astros receive pitcher Fred Gladding to complete the trade with Detroit for Eddie Mathews. The reliever compiles a 22-23 record with 76 saves over the next six years in Houston.
Jul 15, 1969:Astros erase a five-run deficit en route to a 10-7 triumph over Los Angeles. Norm Miller drives in three. Doug Rader has two RBI singles. Jim Wynn walks during the five-run fourth, breaking a league mark with his 11th straight game with a base on balls. Ex-teammate Eddie Mathews set the record in 1954.
Aug 8, 1972:Eddie Mathews gets his first managerial win, 8-4, over Houston behind the pitching of Denny McLain. It's Harry Walker, however, that acts like a rookie manager, listing Johnny Edwards twice in the batting order and leaving out Jesus Alou.
Feb 18, 2001:Eddie Mathews dies in La Jolla, CA at age 69. The Hall-of-Fame infielder plays just a few months with the Astros but treats them to one of the greatest milestones of his career.