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Lot # 229: Rare Eddie Mathews Single Signed Baseball with Middle Name "Lee" JSA Cert. And Sticker

Starting Bid: $100.00

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Item was in Auction "2023 Winter Pop-Up",
which ran from 1/8/2023 7:00 PM to
1/22/2023 10:00 PM

Hall of Fame third baseman Eddie Mathews had one of the sweetest swings in baseball history. Presented is a rare single-signed baseball, with Mathews adding his middle name of "Lee," from this great Milwaukee Brave legend. The immortal Ty Cobb once said, "I've only known three or four prefect swings in my time. This lad [Eddie Mathews] had one of them." Eddie Lee Mathews was born in Texarkana, Texas in 1931, and moved to Santa Barbara, California when he when he was six years old. Mathews' beautiful left-handed swing attracted the attention of the Boston Braves, of the National League, and Mathews signed with the Braves in 1949, played in the minors for them, and made the Major Leagues in 1952, playing for the Braves in the team's last season in Boston. The next year, Mathews was on the inaugural Milwaukee Braves when the club moved to Wisconsin. Mathews played for every Milwaukee Braves club, and then played in the Atlanta Braves' first season when the Braves moved to Georgia. Mathews finished his career with the Houston Astros in part of 1967, and with the Detroit Tigers in '67-68. Mathews had a game winning home run in the tenth inning of Game 4 of the 1957 World Series as the Braves beat the New York Yankees for the World Championship, and Mathews was also on the World Champion Detroit Tigers in '68. When Eddie retired, he had 512 home runs, sixth in Major League history. Mathews is the only man to have played for the Braves' franchise in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. Mathews used a ballpoint pen writing in blue ink to single sign on the sweet spot of a Rawlings Official National League baseball (White). The ball has some minor discoloration and a few small stains, but it is in overall good condition. In a rarity for him, Mathews signed his name very formally, by adding his middle name, as "Edwin Lee Mathews." The signature is about a 9/10, and the ball comes with both a JSA Certification and a sticker.

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