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This Day in Baseball - The Daily Rewind

This podcast is for the baseball fan with a curious mind. We bring you one event from each day in the calendar and go well beyond the box score. Our stories are brief and fun and come with some surprises.

Feb 7, 2021

On May 18, 1962, At County Stadium Future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn beats the Mets on a 3 hitter. Hank Aaron, Mack Jones, and Eddie Mathews homer for the Braves. Gil Hodges knocks one out for the Mets.

Mathews makes his debut at first base,

Af­ter 14 years in organized baseball, Milwaukee’s strong man Eddie Mathews had a case of the jitters. The shift from his regular spot at third to first base shook his normally steel-like nerves.

“I was scared stiff out there,” the 30-year-old slugger admitted with a grin af­ter his debut as a first baseman Friday night in the Braves’ 5-2 victory over the New York Mets.

"I was really nervous out there ' and kept thinking about all the things I didn't know about playing first," Mathews said. "I never felt that way in a game before but then I never had played first.