On May 19, 1914 Christy Mathewson pitched his fourth complete game in 23 days to beat the Cincinnati Reds. The win was the 342nd of his career and elevated Matty to a tie for #4 on the All Time wins list with Tim Keefe. The only hurlers who had more victories were Cy Young (511), Pud Galvin (365), and Kid Nichols (362).
In the collection is this letter dated and signed that day by Matty’s primary catcher, Chief Meyers. An essential piece to John McGraw’s three consecutive National League championship teams, Meyers was one of the best-hitting catchers of the era. During those pennant-winning seasons of 1911-1913, Meyers led the Giants in average each year while hitting .334 with a .407 on-base percentage.
Here Chief endorses a catchers mitt made by Goldsmith’s Sons sporting goods.
The Native American from the Cahuilla culture writes, “In the game today, with the Cincinnati club with Mathewson pitching, I used the Model C.M. Catcher’s Mitt, made for me by your firm yesterday.
“In my many years of experience, I have never had a Catchers Mitt that I could use without extensive breaking in.
“The perfect balance, deep pocket, and excellent leather make it The Finest Mitt I have ever caught with.”
Meyers has boldly signed the bottom of the letter, “Chief John T. Meyers”.