- P, 1B, OF
- Big Six, Matty
- August 12, 1880
- 6' 1"
- 195 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 7-17-1900 with NY1
- Allstar Selections:
- 1905 TC, 1908 TC
- Hall of Fame:
The greatest pitcher in Giants' history, Christy Mathewson was an idol to his fans. A clean-cut, well spoken gentleman, Mathewson was a rare breed in the early days of 20th century baseball. The right-hander won more games than any other pitcher in National League history and was one of the first five players elected to the Hall of Fame. Linked: Fred Snodgrass, Fred Merkle, Three-Finger Brown, Amos Rusie, John McGraw
Best Season - 1905
All you really need to know is that Mathewson's ERA (1.28) was more than two-and-a-half runs better than his league's (2.93). His record was 31-9 (how he lost nine games is incredible) and he paced the NL in wins, ERA, strikeouts, and shutouts. In the Fall Classic he shut out the Philadelphia A's three times, allowing just 14 hits. It could very well be the greatest single season any pitcher has ever had.
"He was an inspiration to everybody and may we have more of his kind. His sense of justice, his integrity, and sportsmanship made him far greater than Christy Mathewson the pitcher." — Kenesaw Mountain Landis speaking at the memorial service for Christy Mathewson
December 15, 1900: Traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the New York Giants for Amos Rusie; July 20, 1916: Traded by the New York Giants with Bill McKechnie and Edd Roush to the Cincinnati Reds for Buck Herzog and Red Killefer.
World Series Aces
Pitchers who have hurled three complete game wins in one World Series:
Christy Mathewson, Giants (1905 vs. A's) 27 IP, 14 H, 18 K, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA
Babe Adams, Pirates (1909 vs. Tigers) 27 IP, 18 H, 11 K, 6 BB, 1.33 ERA
Stan Coveleski, Indians (1920 vs. Robins) 27 IP, 15 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 0.67 ERA
Lew Burdette, Braves (1957 vs. Braves) 27 IP, 21 H, 13 K, 4 BB, 0.67 ERA
Bob Gibson, Cardinals (1967 vs. Red Sox) 27 IP, 14 H, 26 K, 5 BB, 1.00 ERA
Mickey Lolich, Tigers (1968 vs. Cardinals) 27 IP, 20 H, 21 K, 6 BB, 1.67
Mathewson won his 300th career game on June 28, 1912, in a 10-3 beating of the Boston Braves. Matty also stoled home during the game.
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