Mathewson, Christy

Christopher Mathewson
Born: August 12, 1880, Factoryville, Pennsylvania
Died: October 7, 1925, Saranac Lake, New York
Played For: 
New York Giants (1900-1916), Cincinnati Reds (1916)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1936

As charismatic and popular as any player in the early 1900s, the college-educated Christy Mathewson won 373 games over 17 seasons, primarily for the New York Giants. Using his famous fadeaway pitch, Matty won at least 22 games for 12 straight years beginning in 1903, winning 30 games or more four times. A participant in four World Series, Mathewson's lone title came in 1905 when he tossed three shutouts in six days against the Athletics. He set the modern National League mark with 37 wins in 1908.

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Did You Know: 
that Christy Mathewson was an accomplished checkers player, once having defeated Newell Banks, world champion checkers player from 1917-22 and 1933-34?
Mathewson pitched against Cincinnati yesterday. Another way of putting it is that Cincinnati lost a game of baseball. The first statement means the same as the second.
writer Damon Runyon