Houston Trades Mathews to Detroit

Filed under Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros
August 17, 1967

Eddie Mathews ended a brief tour of duty with the Houston Astros with his trade to the pennant-contending Detroit Tigers. Mathews needs seven home runs to become the seventh player to reach 500 career home runs.
The Houston Astros traded veteran slugger Eddie Mathews to the Detroit Tigers Thursday night for a player or players to be named after the season. Mathews’ for 14 years a star third baseman with the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, was traded to the Astros last winter in a five-player deal. He is seven clouts from the 500-home run plateau. The deal was announced by Astros’ general manager Spec Richardson, who said he would not have traded Mathews to any club except a pennant contender. Detroit is currently in second place, three and a half games behind the Red Sox.

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