Christy Mathewson

Christy Mathewson
Birthdate 08/12/1880
Death Date 10/7/1925
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.

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Christy Mathewson was elected to Cooperstown in the first Hall of Fame ballot

Christy Mathewson was elected to Cooperstown in the first Hall of Fame ballot

This book photo is signed by the Christian Gentleman, one of the first five inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 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. His autograph is much sought-afte
Matty's catcher Chief Meyers writes about victory #342 that tied Tim Keefe for #4 on the All Time wins list

Matty's catcher Chief Meyers writes about victory #342 that tied Tim Keefe for #4 on the All Time wins list

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
Judge Landis praises Christy Mathewson, Mordecai Brown, and Walter Johnson

Judge Landis praises Christy Mathewson, Mordecai Brown, and Walter Johnson

Christy Mathewson retired in 1916 with 373 wins and remained on the minds of baseball fans and the American public alike. The legendary hurler was among the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1936. Five years after Matty’s retirement Baseball Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis wrote this
Christy Mathewson's 88-year old record was surpassed by Greg Maddux; here's the lineup card from the dugout

Christy Mathewson's 88-year old record was surpassed by Greg Maddux; here's the lineup card from the dugout

Christy Mathewson’s plaque in Cooperstown calls him, “Greatest of all the great pitchers in the 20th century’s first quarter…” and ends with, “Matty was the greatest of them all.” Many of his records have stood the test of time. In the collections is this li
Collectors seeking Matty's autograph got creative in their quest

Collectors seeking Matty's autograph got creative in their quest

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 induction ceremony on June 12, 1939. Frick eventually gained induction
Giants owner Horace Stoneham responded to requests for Matty's signature

Giants owner Horace Stoneham responded to requests for Matty's signature

The same autograph hound who received the letter shown in the preceding image continued his search for a Christy Mathewson autograph. Dated april 27, 1962, the letter comes 23 years after the previous attempt. This time autograph collector Myron Green turns to Giants owner Horace Stoneham in hop
Christy Mathewson came to the Giants in a trade for HoFer Amos Rusie on 12/15/1900

Christy Mathewson came to the Giants in a trade for HoFer Amos Rusie on 12/15/1900

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 Matty was p
Reverse of Amos Rusie signed GPC with 6/1/1940 postmark from Seattle, Washington

Reverse of Amos Rusie signed GPC with 6/1/1940 postmark from Seattle, Washington

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
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, Mathewson says, “Tuxedo g

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