How much is Christy Mathewson worth?
|Net Worth:||$3 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Hurler|
|Date of Birth:||August 12, 1880|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Christy Mathewson
- Born: Aug. 12, 1880
- Hometown: Factoryville, Pa.
- Died: Oct. 7, 1925
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 195 pounds
- Bats: Right
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Jane
- Primary position: Pitcher
Before the bigs:
- Played semipro baseball at age 14.
- Attended college at Bucknell University where he played football and baseball and was class president.
- He pitched for several minor league teams in Pennsylvania while still pitching for Bucknell.
- Was named to the Walter Camp All-American football team in 1898 as a drop-kicker.
- Left college in 1899 to sign with Taunton, a professional baseball team in the New England League.
- Following season pitched for Norfolk of Virginia-North Carolina League, where he compiled a 20-2 record. In mid-July of that season, the New York Giants purchased his contract for $1,500. He appeared in six games for the Giants that season.
- He was 0-3 with the Giants that year and they returned him to Norfolk after the season.
- Cincinnati Reds picked him up from the Norfolk roster, but in December they traded him back to the Giants.
- One of the best pitchers of all-time, he won 373 games, lost 188 (.655) in 17 seasons in the major leagues.
- Played the first 16 years with the New York Giants, was traded to Cincinnati his final year where he won one game. He also served as the Reds manager that season and the next two years.
- Career 2.13 ERA (eighth-best all-time) and 79 shutouts (third most) are among all-time best in major leagues. The 373 wins are tied with Grover Cleveland Alexander for the most in the National League, third most in MLB history.
- Won National League’s pitching triple crown (most wins, most strikeouts, lowest ERA) in both 1905 and 1908.
- Was the league’s ERA leader in five seasons (1905, 1908, 1909, 1911 and 1913).
- Five-time NL leader in strikeouts (1903, 1904, 1905, 1907 and 1908).
- Won 20 or more games in 13 seasons, won 30 or more games on four occasions. From 1903 to 1914, he never won fewer than 22 games.
- Led the Giants to five National League pennants and a World Series championship in 1905. He was the series standout, pitching four-hit shutouts in Games 1 and 5 and throwing a six-hit shutout in the series-clincher in Game 7. All three complete-game wins came in a six-day span.
- Mathewson, a devout Christian and would never pitch on a Sunday.
- Is credited with developing and throwing the first screwball, a pitch he called his “fade-away.” It was a reverse curve that would break in to right-handed batters.
- In 1918, two years after retiring from baseball, he enlisted in the United States Army for World War I. During a training exercise, he was accidently gassed and later developed tuberculosis.
- Returned to baseball a year later as a coach for the Giants for the next three years. During that time, he battled the illness that he had developed a couple years earlier.
- Returned to baseball in 1923 when he worked as part-time president of the Boston Braves.
- He died two years later, on the day that the 1925 World Series began. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Senators wore black arm bands during the series to pay tribute.
- Was one of the original five-member group of players elected to the first Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 (joining Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Walter Johnson).
- Bucknell later changed the name of its football stadium to Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
- His hometown of Factoryville, Pa., celebrates Christy Mathewson Day as a holiday on the Saturday closest to his birthday.
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