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A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

NY Giants Mathewson Pitches 300th Win

Christopher “Christy” Mathewson was born in Factoryville, Pennsylvania in 1880. He began playing semi-professional baseball when he was 14 years old. Mathewson attended college at Bucknell University where he served as class president and played on the school’s football and baseball teams. He entered the minor leagues in 1899 and the very next season was with the New York Giants but did not do well and was sent back to the minors. Later that month the Cincinnati Reds picked up Mathewson only to trade him back to the Giants.

Mathewson started playing well for the Giants and developed a new pitch he termed the “fadeaway” (later known in baseball as the “screwball”), which he learned from either a teammate or a pitching coach. The Giants were in the 1905 World Series. Mathewson pitched shut-outs in Game 1, 4 and 5. In a span of only 6 days, Mathewson had pitched 3 complete games without allowing a run while giving up only 14 hits.

On June 13, 1912 Christy Mathewson won his 300th game in a 10-3 victory pitching against the Boston Red Sox. He is only the 8th pitcher to do so.

New York Giant’s Christopher “Christy” Mathewson – 1912

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