Christy Mathewson is considered to be one of the best professional baseball pitchers in the history of baseball. He played for two teams during his career, the New York Giants (1900-1916) and the Cincinnati Reds (also in 1916). He was a five-time National League strikeout champion and a member of the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
Here are 10 fast facts about the legendary baseball player:
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The first fast fact about Christy Mathewson is that he was one of the charter members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He became a member in 1936.
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Out of all the pitches that he threw, his most recognizable one was called a “fadeaway,” which is now called a screwball. It has been reported that he learned to throw the pitch by the Negro League founder, Andrew “Rube” Foster.
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He once made an interesting statement about umpires in baseball. In his words, “Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile.”
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He established the record for most wins in a season by a National League pitcher, 37.
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Another fact about the legendary pitcher is that he threw three shutouts in the 1905 World Series.
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He also commented on the importance of his fans. He stated, “I owe everything I have to them when I’m out there on the mound. But I owe the fans nothing and they owe me nothing when I am not pitching.”
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Like some other professional baseball players, he had a cool nickname. His nickname was “The Christian Gentleman.”
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Mathewson was born in Factoryville, Pennsylvania. In 1965, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
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Another interesting fact is that he once spoke about how young a person should be when they are beginning to become interested in playing baseball. In his words, “A boy cannot begin playing ball too early. I might also say that while he is still creeping on all fours he should have a bouncing rubber ball.”
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He helped discover information about the fixed 1919 World Series by the Chicago White Sox.
“Christy Mathewson Fast Facts,” ChristyMathewson.com.
“Christy Mathewson Statistics and History,”Baseball-Reference.com.
“The Official Site of Christy Mathewson,” ChristyMathewson.com.