Rare Christy Mathewson bat added to Hall of Fame collection
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The bat has been passed down in Maxson’s family for generations. When they relocated from New York to Texas, the bat came with them, as an emblem of a small town’s rich history.
“I collected baseball cards for years in the 1970s. I had all the complete sets from 1952-today, and I sold my collection,” said Maxson. “There were a few pieces that I hung on to and (the bat) was one of them, because it was dear to my heart. It’s been in my office for years now. But I just wanted to do something with it that we can all enjoy together….A donation in our family name.”
The one-of-a-kind artifact now joins more than 40 Christy Mathewson-related pieces in the Hall of Fame Collection, adding to an already robust representation of one of the first five Hall of Famers.
“The bat fits into an ever-growing collection of Christy Mathewson artifacts in the Museum’s permanent collection that includes baseball cards, photos, programs, contracts, artwork, baseballs, uniforms, gloves, and trophies,” said Sue MacKay, Director of Collections at the Hall of Fame. “We were thrilled to receive a Mathewson sweater last year and the bat is a wonderful compliment to the entire collection.”
But for James Maxson, donating the bat to the Hall of Fame meant knowing it would be protected and shared with future generations to come.
“I’m just glad it is in a place that will live forever,” Maxson said. “When I know all the paperwork is done, we are going to make a trip up there to see it.”
Alex Coffey was the communications specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum