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Christy Mathewson

Christy Mathewson

Christopher "Christy" Mathewson (August 12, 1880 – October 7, 1925), nicknamed "Big Six", "The Christian Gentleman", or "Matty", was an American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He played his entire career in what is known as the dead-ball era. In 1936, Mathewson was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

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Christy Mathewson notched at least 20 wins in 12 straight seasons. In addition to 373 career wins, he posted a 2.13 career ERA and a 0.97 ERA in 11 World Series starts.

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Mathewson's demeanor might have been an asset to baseball. He had good looks, a college education and a deep moral code. He helped instill integrity into the game at a time when it was sorely lacking.

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Christy Mathewson was skilled outside the baseball field. He was an accomplished checkers player, once having defeated Newell Banks, world champion checkers player from 1917-22 and 1933-34

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Using his famous fadeaway pitch, Matty won 30 games or more four times in a season. A participant in four World Series, Mathewson's lone title came in 1905 when he tossed three shutouts in six days against the Athletics

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Mathewson held to his religious beliefs. He was a devout Christian who refused to pitch on Sundays.

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Mathewson also made a name for himself outside of professional baseball. He was a musician and singer, a World War I veteran, author of children's books, co-author of a Broadway play.

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The New York Giants paid $1,500 for Mathewson's contract from the baseball team in Norfolk. However, after six appearances and a record of 0-3, the disappointed Giants returned him to Norfolk, demanding their money back.

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The Cincinnati Reds drafted Mathewson in the Rule 5 draft. Days later, the Reds traded Mathewson back to the Giants for another player.

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Christy Mathewson and manager John McGraw would join the Giants in 1903. They would reverse the fortunes of the franchise that had been a laughingstock just a year before. The two men would become forever paired in baseball history.

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Mathewson helped reverse the Giants fortunes in 1903 by posting a record of 30-13. More than 25,000 fans attended his games at the Polo Grounds.

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