Christopher "Christy" Mathewson, nicknamed "Big Six", "The Christian Gentleman", or "Matty", was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played 17 seasons with the New York Giants. He was among the most dominant pitchers of his era and ranks in the all-time top-10 in major pitching... MORE
Christopher "Christy" Mathewson, nicknamed "Big Six", "The Christian Gentleman", or "Matty", was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played 17 seasons with the New York Giants. He was among the most dominant pitchers of his era and ranks in the all-time top-10 in major pitching categories including wins, shutouts, and ERA. In fact, he is the only pitcher in MLB history to rank in the top ten both in career wins and in career ERA. In 1936, Mathewson was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members. Mathewson grew up in Factoryville, Pennsylvania, and began playing semiprofessional baseball when he was 14 years old. He played in the minor leagues in 1899 with a pitching record of 201 wins and two losses. He then started an unsuccessful tenure with the New York Giants the next season but was sent back to the minors. Mathewson would eventually return to the Giants and go on to win 373 games in his career, a National League record. In the 1905 World Series, he pitched three shutouts, leading to a Giants victory. Mathewson never pitched on Sundays owing to his Christian beliefs, contributing to his nickname. The pitcher also played professional football for the Pittsburgh Stars for a short period of time before quitting. Mathewson served in World War I and died in Saranac Lake, New York of tuberculosis in 1925. LESS
In "Giants Past and Present," from MVP Books, author Dan Fost tells of the colorful history Giant nicknames, from Smiling Mickey Welch in the 19th century, through other pitching greats like "Big Six" Christy Mathewson and "The Meal Ticket" Carl Hubbell, and today's Tim "The Freak" Lincecum, and Pablo "Panda" Sandoval. Are nicknames disappearing from baseball? And who is Frosty the Sneerman? Watch and find out. This video features some of the photos from the book, as well as Fost telling some of the stories from the field at AT&T Park.
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