Box 14, Folder 3, Document 38

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Box 14, Folder 3, Document 38

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Hanl{, Eddie Here on Visit,
' Aaron Says He Was Misquoted
Continued from Page 39 "I like it there very much. But, moved the many-times AU-Star
I will play wherever the club third sacker to first for a coucontract With general manager does.
ple days during tihe 1964 season.
John McHale early Friday, said
"I don't care for playing
he didn't know if he would move
"Actually, there's not much I
his family here in 1966. "It's can say about the club moving first at all," he said, "and
just something we'll have to just to Atlanta. I understand we're Bobby knows it. li you take
)Vait and see. I've got my fam- not coming this year for sure, a player in the majors off a
position he's used to playing
ily to think of and, especially, but will be here in 1966."
hie children," he said. "It will
The powerful left-handed and move him somewhere
be hard taking the children out slugger, long a citadel of fear new, he begins to lose confidence.
~f their school, taking them to to opposing National League
anew· place and asking them to pitchers, said, "I married a "I was never at ease at first,
nake new friends all over girl from Wisconsin. We have because I didn't have time to
in school, and . . . well, it's get acquainted with p 1 a y i n g
tih-ere. I didn't have time to
Mathews, a darling of Atjust gonna be tough.
lanta during a two-year stint
"It is a real bad situation, learn to play it. But, as far as
here with the Crackers of the though ," he said. "Milwaukee I know, I'm going to spring
Southern Association, said it fans have a right to feel resent- training at a third baseman.
"And, I hope I sil:ay there,"
was good being back.
ment. They are not upset at the
" It will be tough leaving Mil- players, but rather at the own- Mathews said.
Th e 100 Per Cent Wrong
waukee, though," he admitted, ers and management.
~---......._~= ===- -=:=--=-:;;;. "Atlanta will have a lot of Club's annual banquet jam- - - - living up to in matching Mil- boree will be held at the Amerwaukee as a baseball town," icana. Early Thursday Olympic
he said.
stars Robert Hayes, the world's
Aaron said this was his first fastest human, Ralph Boston
trip to Atlanta and quipped, and Dick Stebbins telephoned to
"It cer tainly beats fille weather cancel their intentions to atltend .
, we lett. When we climbed on
I the plane, it was eight degrees
below. " "We" refers tJo he and
his wife and Mr. and Mrs .
"This season, well," Aaron began with a chuckle, " I just hope
I can do better than I did
last year." With a .328 batting
average, 24 home runs and 95
runs batted in, a person wondered, out loud, "Just how much
"Well, last season I was a
defensive hitter. This year I'm
going to be an offensive hitter.
"Last season I went after the
pitches and failed to properly
pace myself. I was trying to
better my 45 home runs of
the year before, and in doing
so my overall hitting slacked,"
he said. "I'm going up to the
plate with a different attitude
this year though - I'm going
to take charge and hit 'my'
Aaron, whom veteran baseball
men have said "owns the greatest pair of wrists in baseball,"
is confident 1965 will be tlhe
'Year of the Braves.' "We can
win the pennant," he saiid, flatly.
"We have the finest young pitching in tihe league and, I- feel,
tlhe finest hi!Jting team in the
1 He said Tony Cloninger, Bob
Sadowski and Denny Lemaster,
the "youth" of tihe Braves pitching corps, should have banner
seasons. "I believe they'll win
at least 15 games apiece." He
also praised the hitting ability
of Dennis Menke, Felipe Alou
and Rico Carty and predicted
"good sea ons for them.
M at hews said, flatly, he
wants " no part of playing first
base. M~nager Bobby Bragan ;

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