Pitching Ace Dead Ball Era
Known As A Gentleman And A Scholar
Christy Mathewson was a two sports letterman at Bucknell University he later made his mark in the game of baseball as a true gentleman and Ace pitcher of the New York Giants during the dead ball era of baseball.
Christopher "Christy" Mathewson (August 12, 1880 – October 7, 1925), nicknamed "Big Six", "The Christian Gentleman", or "Matty", was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball.
In the passage of history when a man or woman obtains the status of being honored for their outstanding achievement and the friends and local towns people erects a monument to signify this recognition it is an honor beyond words. Christy Mathewson Park in Christy's hometown of Factoryville, Pennsylvania has proudly honored their native son with his Statute.
During his 17-year career, Christy Mathewson won 373 games and lost 188 for an outstanding .665 winning percentage. His career ERA of 2.13 and 79 career shutouts are among the famous baseball players and one of the best all-time for pitchers, and his 373 wins is still number one in the National League
In 1936, Mathewson was one of the original five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Walter Johnson
"The Christian Gentleman" Pitcher
New York Giants (1900–1916) Cincinnati Reds (1916)
Cincinnati Reds (1916–1918)
In 1889, he joined Taunton (New England League) as a pitcher. He went to Norfolk (Virginia League) the following year and finished with a 20-2 record.
The hallmark of Mathewson's mound work was his incredible control. Mathewson only walked 1.6 batters per 9 innings in his career.
In 1918, Mathewson enlisted in the Army and served overseas. He was gassed during a training exercise and developed tuberculosis. He returned to the Giants in 1919-1920 to serve as a coach, but most of his time was spent fighting tuberculosis.
He served as part-time president of the Braves in 1923, and died two years later at the age of 47.
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"I can tell you this without hesitation the schooling and character building of Ivy League Universities with Christy Mathewson from Bucknell and Lou Gehrig out of Columbia is showing. Two of the reported true gentleman of baseball one of the dead ball era and the other in the heyday of our modern era game."
"Do you suppose schooling and the time of two World Wars were helping catalyst reasons forming the mannerly upbringing and purantanical demeanor of both Mathewson and Gehrig"