FAVORITE BRAVES PLAYERS OF THE 1970'S
#11 GARY MATTHEWS
ATLANTA BRAVES 1977-1980
The main thing I remember about Gary during his time with the Braves is that he always played hard (Unlike Willie Montanez, who seemed to be downright nonchalant at times). I still have lots of memories of Gary's helmet flying off his head after a hit. Gary's acquistion from the Giants was a free agent move that was much more successful than the free agent signing of Andy Messersmith. His 1980 trade to the Phillies for Bob Walk not so successful. My number one Matthews memory is from May 30, 1978. The bottom of the tenth in a tie game. I remember Doug Bair of the Reds first pitch to Gary. Let's just say there was a mighty crack of the bat and Doug just walked off the mound without even looking to see where the ball landed.