Few players had more to do with the excitement of the Braves years in Milwaukee than Eddie Mathews. Known as the "Santa Barbara Bomber," Mathews hit 47 home run in the first year in Milwaukee. He went on to finish his career with 512, more than another other third baseman and tying him with the Cubs' Ernie Banks among the all-time sluggers.
Mathews' dramatic homer in the 1957 World Series kept the Classic alive, so the Braves could win the championship in New York. He and Henry Aaron became symbols of the Braves years. Mathews later managed the Braves when Aaron broke Babe Ruth's career home run record.