Christy Mathewson
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1880
Date of Death: 1925
Cause of Death: Tuberculosis
Religion: Baptist
Occupation: Football Player; Baseball Player/Manager, Author of Non-Fiction, Author of Fiction, Playwright
Spouse: Jane Stoughton
Children: Christy Jr.
Sports Team: Football:
Greensburg Athletic Association (1898);
Pittsburgh Stars (1902)
New York Giants (1900–1916),
Cincinnati Reds (1916-1918)
Military Branch: United States Army (World War I)
Fictional Appearances:
"Under Coogan's Bluff"
Type of Appearance: Direct

Christopher "Christy" Mathewson (August 12, 1880 – October 7, 1925), nicknamed "Big Six", "The Christian Gentleman", "Matty", and "The Gentleman's Hurler", was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher, who played 17 seasons with the New York Giants. He stood 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg). He was among the most dominant pitchers in baseball history, and ranks in the all-time top 10 in several key pitching categories, including wins, shutouts, and ERA. In 1936, Mathewson was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its first five members.

Christy Mathewson in "Under Coogan's Bluff"[]

Christy "Matty" Mathewson pitched for the New York Giants in their 1905 game against the Los Angeles Angels from 2040. He was beloved by Giants fans; several people promised the Angels that "Matty" was going to beat them.

During the game proper, Mathewson's pitching style (coupled with the more primitive game equipment) was frustrating for the Angels, though they were able adapt over the course of the game. Mathewson shared his teammates views on race, hitting Black player Keyshawn Fredericks in the side when he was first up at bat. Fredericks returned the favor, hitting Mathewson in the buttocks at the bottom of the third inning. The walk came to nothing.

By the eighth inning, the Angels had prove so dominant that Giants' manager John J. McGraw benched Matty and had Sammy Strang hit for him, and then had Joe McGinnity pitch in the ninth. It didn't help: the Angels won, 3-0.[1]