Christy Mathewson

Birthdate
Death Date 08/12/1880
Debut Year 1901
Year of Induction 1936
Teams Giants, Reds
Position Pitcher

Christy Mathewson is the only man in history to rank in the top 10 all-time list in wins & ERA. He was part of the 1936 original induction class.

In the collection:

Rare signed image of Christy Mathewson

Rare signed image of Christy Mathewson

This book photo is signed by the Christian Gentleman, one of the first five inductees, Christy Mathewson. With 373 wins and a microscopic lifetime earned run average of 2.13, Mathewson was elected in the very first Hall of Fame election of 1936. Mathewson autographs are
Letter from then-NL President Ford Frick to autograph collector requesting Mathewson's signature

Letter from then-NL President Ford Frick to autograph collector requesting Mathewson's signature

Collectors of Hall of Fame autographs got started early. In this letter National League President Ford Frick responds to a fan’s request about obtaining a Christy Mathewson signature. The letter is dated August 2, 1939, less than two months after the Hall’s first
Mathewson calls Tuxedo,

Mathewson calls Tuxedo, "good, honest, companionable tobacco" in this original ad from 1916

Tuxedo Tobacco pulled together the greatest baseball players of the day for this advertisement. Hailing itself as, “The Perfect Pipe Tobacco”, Tuxedo secured the services of Christy Mathewson, manager of the Cincinnati Reds. According to the advertisement,
Christy Mathewson came to the Giants in a trade for HoF pitcher Amos Rusie

Christy Mathewson came to the Giants in a trade for HoF pitcher Amos Rusie

John T. Brush owned the Reds while eyeing the Giants. After the 1900 season, Brush as Reds owner “traded” Christy Mathewson straight up for the sore-armed Amos Rusie who hadn’t pitched since 1898. Bush sold his share in the Cincinnati club and bought the Giants for whom
Closeup of the Amos Rusie signature

Closeup of the Amos Rusie signature

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977, Amos Rusie died in 1942 and remains a difficult autograph to obtain. This piece is a government postcard complete with a postmark from Seattle, Washington where Rusie resided in his final years. The man once traded for Christy Mathewson won 246 games in his te
Reverse of Amos Rusie signed GPC with 6/1/1940 postmark

Reverse of Amos Rusie signed GPC with 6/1/1940 postmark

Government postcards provide aid to authenticating autographs. Collectors would send a postcard to the desired target. When the autograph returned in the mail it would contain a postmark verifying the exact date and place from where it was mailed. This postmarked reveals a June 1st, 1940 mailing fro

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