On February 18, 2001, Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews dies at the age of 69, succumbing to respiratory failure caused by pneumonia. Born in 1931 at Texarkana, Texas, Mathews made his major league debut for the Boston Braves in 1952 and quickly established himself as a powerful threat from the left side, teaming with Hank Aaron to form a devastating duo in the middle of the Braves’ order. The only man to play for the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, Mathews concluded his career in 1968, participating in the Detroit Tigers’ World Series victory over St. Louis.