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Christy Mathewson from the Chronology
Aug 7, 2001 - The Braves defeat the Astros 6-5 as Greg Maddux sets a NL record for consecutive innings without a walk. Maddux hurls 6 innings in the game to extend his streak to 70 1/3 frames without a free pass. The old mark of 68 innings was held by Christy Mathewson in 1913 and Randy Jones in 1976. Maddux leaves the game with the streak intact and is 14 IP away from the major league record set by Bill Fischer in 1962.
Sep 19, 1976 - Catfish Hunter notches his 200th career victory as the Yankees stop Milwaukee 2-1. Since 1901 only Christy Mathewson and Pete Alexander have hit the 200 mark before their 31st birthday but arm trouble will limit Catfish to 224 wins. He'll win 17 this year after 5 straight 20-win seasons.
Jun 22, 1976 - Randy Jones pitches the Padres to a 4-2 win over the Giants and ties Christy Mathewson's 63-year-old NL record by going 68 innings without a base on balls. He receives a standing ovation from the home crowd after striking out Darrell Evans to end the 7th. His streak ends when he walks C Marc Hill leading off the 8th. It is Jones's 13th win of the year.
Sep 27, 1970 - The Orioles rally for 2 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Indians Sam McDowell 4-3. Dick Hall wins his 10th game with 3 innings of hitless relief. He also walks no one and ends the year with more wins than walks-10 wins and only 6 walks in 61 innings. Not since Slim Sallee's 21 wins in 1919 when he walked 20 has a pitcher accomplished this. Bret Saberhagen in 1994 will be the next winning 14 and walking 13. Before Sallee Christy Mathewson had 2 seasons of more wins than walks.
Sep 8, 1963 - Braves P Warren Spahn (20-5) ties Christy Mathewson's NL record with his 13th 20-win season by notching a 3-2 victory in Philadelphia. Gene Oliver's 2-run HR in the 8th off Dallas Green is the deciding blow. At 42 Spahn becomes the oldest 20-game winner.
Sep 30, 1962 - P Bill Fischer of the Athletics concludes a ML record string of 841?3 consecutive innings without allowing a base on balls a record that tops Christy Mathewson's mark. Fischer walks Bubba Morton on 4 straight pitches and loses a 6-1 decision to Detroit. During his walkless streak his record was 2-10. His streak started on August 3 when he walked leadoff batter Bubba Phillips then pitched 8 walkless frames.
Sep 27, 1961 - Sandy Koufax (18-13) fans 7 Phils in the course of a 2-1 loss to set a NL record for strikeouts in a season: 269. This surpasses Christy Mathewson's 267 in 1903 which was accomplished in 367 innings pitched as opposed to Koufax's remarkable 255. Both runs off Sandy are unearned.
Apr 2, 1942 - Publisher A.J. Spink‚ in TSN‚ reports on the result of a poll of 100 former major leaguers and managers as to who their choice is as best player of all time. Ty Cobb is the overwhelming pick‚ getting 60 of the votes cast. The remaining 42 votes are divided among 14 players: Honus Wagner (17): Babe Ruth (11); and Rogers Hornsby and Ross Youngs (2 votes each). The following players each received one vote: Lou Gehrig‚ Ed Delahanty‚ Tris Speaker‚ Joe DiMaggio‚ Mel Ott‚ George Sisler‚ Eddie Collins‚ Christy Mathewson‚ Walter Johnson‚ and Jerry Denny. Among those who reveal they voted for Cobb are Speaker‚ Collins‚ Sisler‚ Johnson‚ Al Simmons‚ Connie Mack‚ and Jack Coombs.
Jun 6, 1939 - In Cleveland three Red Sox players throw a baseball 122 feet a second into a new photo-electric pitching meter (as noted by historian Dick Thompson). Three Cleveland Indians can only do 119 feet. Pitchers are not included in the test but 'unofficially' Bob Feller of Cleveland fires three balls into the meter from a distance of 20 feet. The best mark he recorded was 119 feet. His less-touted teammate pitcher Johnny Humphreys recorded 127 feet. There will be a contest for pitchers later. Jimmy Foxx Jim Tabor and Roger Cramer made it a clean sweep with a first-place tie in the contest. The Indians best is a tie at 119 feet by Ben Chapman Moose Solters and Jim Shilling. The Cleveland men who developed the speed meter said the only comparable scientific marks were made in 1917. Walter Johnson threw the ball 134 feet a second Christy Mathewson 127 and 'Smoky Joe' Wood 124. Their speeds were shown by a gravity drop interval recorder. In the contest that counts the Indians edge the Red Sox 8-7.
Feb 2, 1936 - The baseball writers vote for the first players to be named to the new Baseball Hall of Fame. Ty Cobb Babe Ruth Honus Wagner Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson each receive the requisite 75 percent of ballots cast. Active players also are eligible in this first election with Hornsby finishing 9th Cochrane 10th Gehrig 15th and Foxx 19th. Tainted former star Hal Chase receives 11 votes for 25th place and Joe Jackson has 2 votes to tie for 36th place.
Jun 3, 1930 - Grover Cleveland Alexander is released by the Phillies after posting a 0-3 record. He ends his career thinking he has the NL record for most wins at 373 one more than Christy Mathewson. In 1946 a win disallowed in 1902 is restored to Mathewson's record to leave the 2 pitchers at a tie.
May 28, 1926 - A Boston-New York old-timers' game is played for a Christy Mathewson Memorial at Bucknell before the regular Giants-Braves game in Boston. The Braves then win 5-3 over the Giants.
Jul 24, 1923 - In Philadelphia Yankee pitcher Carl Mays beats the Athletics 9-2 for his AL record 24th straight win over Philadelphia. (the record was listed for years at 23 wins but historian Lyle Spatz recalculated it at 24. This matches the ML high of Christy Mathewson who won 24 straight). He started with doubleheader victories on August 30 1918 while pitching for the Red Sox. The Yankees score 5 in the 8th and another 3 in the 9th on Ruth's 3-run homer which lands on the roof of a house across 20th street. His 23rd homer ties the mark of Cy Williams.
Feb 20, 1923 - Christy Mathewson becomes president of the Boston Braves after buying the club for $300000 with New York attorney Judge Emil Fuchs and Bostonian James McDonough. The deal does not include Braves Field which still belongs to James Gaffney. There are also 85 minority stockholders.
Jun 28, 1922 - Christy Mathewson in a Saranac sanitarium for treatment of tuberculosis throws out the first pitch for a game at Saranac Lake NY.
Mar 30, 1922 - Christy Mathewson is elected the first president of the "B" Club of Bucknell.
Sep 30, 1921 - Prior to the Braves-Giants game the Giants Old Timers take on the Giants regulars in a 5-inning contest. Twenty thousand fans cheer as former stars Christy Mathewson Roger Bresnahan George Wiltse Art Devlin Larry Doyle and Fred Tenney whip the current Giants 2-0. The regular game is called because of rain after one inning but only 4000 fans ask for a refund.
Jun 9, 1920 - Former Chicago OF Lee Magee loses his suit against the Cubs. He had charged that he was released without just cause last February. While on the witness stand Magee admitted to having bet on the first game of a doubleheader with Cincinnati on July 25 1918 while a member of the Reds. He said he bet $500 along with Hal Chase. He said he found out after the game that the money had been bet on Boston and stopped payment on the check to the bookmaker. Chase's check went through. The Reds won the game in the 13th on Roush's HR. Christy Mathewson testifies that as the Reds manager he was suspicious that all was not right in the game.
May 19, 1920 - In Chicago the Giants beat the Cubs 8-6 in 12 innings but lose John McGraw for 5 days. McGraw's game long hectoring of umpires Bill Klem and Charley Moran earns him a 5-day suspension. Christy Mathewson will "act as executor of the Giants' personal estate" (NY Times) in McGraw's absence.
Oct 2, 1919 - Charles Comiskey tells NL president Heydler that Sox manager Kid Gleason is suspicious of his players. Heydler confers with Ban Johnson who takes no action fearing it will look like revenge against Comiskey with whom he has been feuding. As the games unfold reporters Ring Lardner and Christy Mathewson do not like what they see. Chicago reporter Hugh Fullerton will raise questions during the winter. Comiskey will offer a reward for information but the 1920 season will open with the same lineup for Chicago minus Chick Gandil who will be in the PCL.
Aug 27, 1918 - After today's doubleheader split with the Braves in Cincinnati Christy Mathewson resigns as Reds manager to accept a commission as a captain in the chemical warfare branch of the Army. He leaves the team in 3rd place with a 61-57 record. Heinie Groh takes over for the last 10 games of the season going 7-3.
Aug 9, 1918 - With Sherry Magee at 1B for Cincinnati the Pirates defeat the Reds 4-3. Carmen Hill wins it in relief of Pete Schneider. Reds manager Christy Mathewson suspects 1B Hal Chase of taking bribes to fix games and suspends him "for indifferent play." He will be formally charged after season by owner Herrmann but will be acquitted by NL Prexy Heydler. During the hearings John McGraw said that if Chase is found innocent he would hire him for the Giants. But Prince Hal will be reinstated and play for the Giants in 1919.
Aug 19, 1917 - As part of a benefit for the 69th New York regiment-which is about to depart for France-the Giants move up the date of a game against the Cincinnati Reds. The 2100 European-bound troops march from the armory on 25th Street and Lexington Avenue to the East River at 34th Street where a ferry takes them to the foot of 157th Street. The troops parade to the Polo Grounds entering through the Eighth Avenue gate and drill on the field. A concert follows. Then the Giants play their first official Sunday game within the city limits. More than 25000 fans watch the Reds shut out the Giants 5-0. The Giants circumvent the Sunday law by stipulating that they are charging patrons for the concert then allowing them to watch the game for free (with all proceeds turned over to war charities). But city officials try to prosecute the two managers-Christy Mathewson of Cincinnati and John McGraw of New York-for violating the Sunday Blue Law. Mathewson and McGraw will be called to court two days after the game but the charges against them will be quickly dismissed by Magistrate Frank McQuade who actually praises them. (McQuade a rabid Giants fan later becomes part owner of the team.)
Sep 4, 1916 - To help draw a Labor Day crowd and because of their longtime rivalry Christy Mathewson and Three Finger Brown agree to close out their careers in the same game. Matty now the manager of the Reds wins 10-8 in his only game not pitched in a Giants uniform. Mathewson and Brown dueled 25 times since 1903 with Brown now back with the Cubs winning 13 and losing 10; Matty is 11-13. Both pitcher stagger to the end today in the nitecap of a twinbill with the Reds racking up 19 hits 3 by Matty off Brown while the Cubs tally 15 of Mathewson 2 hits by Brown. Vic Saier hits a 3-run HR off Matty the 5th time he has hit a 4-bagger off him the most Matty has given up to any one hitter. The Cubs score 3 in the 9th before Matty gets Fritz Mollwitz representing the tying run to pop out. Today's win the number 373 for Mathewson. The Cubs win the A.M. contest 3-0.
Jul 20, 1916 - The Reds acquire three future Hall of Famers when Christy Mathewson is traded to Cincinnati with Giants CF Edd Roush and 3B Bill McKechnie for former Giants Buck Herzog and Red Killefer. McKechnie will make it to Cooperstown as a manager not as a player but the 23-year-old Roush is a steal for the Reds. A longtime nemesis of the Reds Mathewson will pitch one game and then manage and a new team nickname will be coined: "Matties." The Reds split today managing just two hits off Pete Alexander who contributes 2 doubles himself to the Phils offense. Alexander wins 6-0 but the Reds salvage a victory in game 2 winning 5-3.
Jul 4, 1916 - Against Brooklyn Christy Mathewson relieves in the 1st and the Giants score 5 in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Three errors and 4 hits in the 5th undo Matty and he loses 7-6. The Dodgers sweep both games from the 6th place Giants.
Jun 2, 1916 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants lose to the Reds in 13 innings 6-4. The Reds knock out starter Christy Mathewson with 4 runs in the first 3 innings then score two in the 13th off Bill Perritt for the win. The last score in the 13th on Hal Chase's steal of home.
May 29, 1916 - Christy Mathewson beats the Braves 3-0 for the Giants' 17th consecutive win on the road. Matty gives up just 4 singles in beating Dick Rudolph. New York is only 1 1/2 games behind the leading Dodgers.
May 20, 1916 - The Giants win their 10th on the road when Christy Mathewson allows 6 hits in clipping the Cardinals 4-1. Henry Jasper is the losing pitcher. Fred Merkle steals 3rd and home in the 2nd inning the latter on the front end of a double steal.
May 4, 1916 - Christy Mathewson beset with back problems makes his first start of the year losing to the Braves 7-6 in 10 innings. Matty goes the distance allowing 15 hits including a homer to rival pitcher Lefty Tyler. The Giants were held in check by Tyler until the 9th when trailing 4-0 they tie it up. Fred Merkle's homer is the big blow in the inning.
Jul 31, 1915 - At West Side Park the Cubs split their 2nd doubleheader in a row with the Giants. Cy Williams belts a 3-run homer in the 4th to chase Christy Mathewson and Chicago wins 7-3. New York takes the nitecap 9-2 scoring 5 runs in the 1st inning.
Jul 2, 1915 - For the first time since the 1911 World Series Jack Coombs pitches against Christy Mathewson. Now with the Dodgers Coombs wins the duel shutting out the Giants 3-0. Two singles and a Zack Wheat triple in the 8th is the difference.
Apr 24, 1915 - At Ebbets Field the Dodgers beat an aging Christy Mathewson 7-5. It's the 6th loss in a row for the Giants.
Apr 17, 1915 - Behind their ace Pete Alexander the Phils drill the Giants 7-1 their 2nd successive victory by that score. Christy Mathewson lasts just 4 innings in taking the loss as Gavvy Cravath deep sixes Big Six with a double and homer.
Sep 24, 1914 - At New York the Cardinals win their 3rd game in a row over the stumbling Giants 4-3. Cozy Dolan's 9th inning double off reliever Christy Mathewson drives home the winning score.
Aug 15, 1914 - At the Polo Grounds 32000 watch as Lefty Tyler and Christy Mathewson throw goose eggs for 9 innings. In the 10th Red Smith singles and Hank Gowdy triples him home. Matty then wild pitches home Gowdy for 2-0 lead. New York loads the bases in the 10th with no outs but Tyler slams the door with no Giants scoring. The Braves trail by 3 1/2.
Aug 11, 1914 - Boston Braves P Lefty Tyler begins a string of 23 shutout innings but Red Ames of the Reds matches him today in a 13-inning 0-0 tie. Four days later Tyler will beat Christy Mathewson 2-0 in 10 innings.
Jul 30, 1914 - It's a bad day for the Chief as the Giants lose a tough one to the Reds 2-0. The Giants catcher doubles in the 6th and then is out for missing 1B. In the 9th Meyers throws one ball over Stock's head at 3B bounces one to 2B on a steal and tosses another into CF. The three errors hand Christy Mathewson the loss.
Jul 14, 1914 - The Cubs pound Giants reliever Christy Mathewson for 6 runs in 6 innings but New York does worse damage to Larry Cheney and Jimmy Lavender and wins 12-8. Bob Bescher has a HR the 1000th Giant home run. New York leads the NL by 4 1/2 games.
Jun 22, 1914 - The Giants shade the Reds 3-2 scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th off Red Ames. Christy Mathewson gives up 7 hits and no walks as the Giants increase their lead over the NL to 4 games. For the second year in a row Matty will end the season with fewer walks than victories the only pitcher ever to accomplish that.
Apr 18, 1914 - At Ebbets Field Wilbert Robinson leads his Dodgers to a pasting of John McGraw's Giants. Brooklyn racks Christy Mathewson for 10 hits and 9 runs in 7 innings. Zack Wheat leads the way with a 3-run homer while driving home 5 runs.
Oct 28, 1913 - In the only time the two future immortals face each other Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson square off at South Main Park in Tulsa Oklahoma. Johnson backed by the White Sox wins the battle 6-0 pitching the distance while Matty exits after 4 innings. Johnson strikes out 8. Tris Speaker and Buck Weaver do the hitting for the Sox while fan favorite Jim Thorpe has 2 hits off Johnson. The game is delayed for nearly 2 hours when the stands collapse injuring 52 people and killing a soldier. The governor of Oklahoma narrowly escapes injury in the tragedy.
Oct 8, 1913 - Christy Mathewson ties the Series shutting the Athletics out for 10 innings to beat Eddie Plank 3-0. Mathewson also brings in the winning run with a double in the 10th. In the 9th Matty is saved twice by pitcher Hooks Wiltse playing 1B. Wiltse entered the game in the 3rd as a pinch runner for Fred Snodgrass pressed in to action at 1B. The A's put runners on 2B and 3B with no outs in the final inning and the next two batters hit shots to 1B. Both times Wiltse guns out a runner at home and Matty gets the last out to send the game into extra innings. Before the game Walter Johnson (36-7 243 strikeouts 11 shutouts) is presented the Chalmers Award and an automobile as the AL's MVP. Joe Jackson is 2nd in the voting.
Aug 1, 1913 - At Chicago the Giants win 5-2 on a controversial call in the 8th inning. Art Fletcher is called safe at 2B on an steal attempt by ump Bill Byron prompting a shower of abuse from the crowd. Moments later Fletcher scores the go-ahead run on a triple by Chief Meyers off Bert Humphrey. The beneficiary of the offense is Christy Mathewson who wins his 20th game the 11th straight season he's topped the mark.
Jul 18, 1913 - At the Polo Grounds the Cards win the opener of two 4-3 with help from the error-prone Giants. In blanking the Cards 5-0 in the nitecap Christy Mathewson finally yields a base on balls ending a record string of 68 walkless innings pitched. Ed Konetchy draws the pass in the 8th. Matty's ML record won't be topped until Bill Fischer in 1962.
Jul 15, 1913 - Veteran Three Finger Brown sold to the Reds over the winter after a 5-6 year with the Cubs loses his matchup with Giants rival Christy Mathewson 4-2. Matty uses just 70 pitches tying ihis own record and walks none to run his streak to 61 innings.
Jul 10, 1913 - Led by Ward Miller's 2-run triple the Cubs stop the Giants 3-2. The victory ends the New Yorkers' win streak at 14 games and stops Christy Mathewson's win streak at 9 victories. Matty's skein of consecutive innings without a pass continues however and is at 52.
Jun 14, 1913 - At Forbes Field Christy Mathewson allows 7 hits including a homer by Owen Wilson but holds on to beat the Bucs 6-5. Hank Robinson takes the loss. The Giants sweep the 3-game series.
Jun 4, 1913 - The Cards peck Christy Mathewson for 11 hits and 6 runs in 6 innings and hold on to win 6-4.
May 3, 1913 - The Phillies whip the visiting Giants for the 3rd time in a row a come-from-behind 3-2 victory. The Phils tie the score at 2 apiece when Gavvy Cravath clouts a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th off Christy Mathewson. After the first two batters are retired in the 9th the Quakers push across a run in to win. The struggling Giants are in 5th place.
Apr 29, 1913 - At Ebbets Field New York's Christy Mathewson beats Nap Rucker 6-0 in 13 innings and gives up no walks. He has thrown 22 innings without a pass; he will not walk a batter for 47 innings then will top his own record later in the year. During his 25-11 season Matty will walk 21 and hit none.
Apr 23, 1913 - Christy Mathewson sets down the Phils 3-1 throwing just 67 pitches. He retires the side in the 6th on 6 pitches and uses just 5 in the 9th inning. Ad Brennan takes the loss. Matty will use 70 pitches in a game on June 24th and (as noted by R.J. Lesch) TSN forgetting about today's game states that this "would have broken the record of 68 said to be held by old Ben Sanders but for getting in the hold (sic) in the 8th." The source of the Sanders claim seems to be the pitcher himself who asserted it in a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer dated August 21 1911 (and reprinted in the Spalding Guide). The old pitcher wrote in response to a Mathewson game of August 16 "… it may be 1890 or 1892 but my recollection is that it was 1891 while playing with the Athletics in a game against the Browns in St. Louis where I only pitched 68 balls during a full nine-inning contest." [Researcher Cliff Blau tracked down the game played on August 5 1891 and Old Ben's recollections turned out to be not correct. He threw 91 pitches in the game which lasted 11 innings.]
Oct 9, 1912 - Three errors by Giants SS Art Fletcher help put Christy Mathewson behind 4-2 until the team rallies for 3 in the 8th when Duffy Lewis muffs a ?y ball by Fred Snodgrass. Boston ties it in the last of the 8th. The Giants push across a run in the 10th off reliever "Sea Lion" Hall but Tris Speaker blasts a triple to deep center. Apparently out at home trying to stretch it into a HR he is safe when C Art Wilson who has just entered the game drops the throw for New York's 5th error. Darkness ends the game at 6-6 after 11 innings.
Aug 7, 1912 - At Pittsburgh the Pirates win their 3rd straight against the leading Giants belting Christy Mathewson for 15 hits and 6 runs in 8 innings. Spitballer Marty O'Toole allows 7 hits to win 7-2.
Jul 9, 1912 - Christy Mathewson tops Three Finger Brown 5-2 despite allowing 11 hits and not K'ing one Chicago batter.
Jun 13, 1912 - New York's Christy Mathewson wins‚ 3-2 over the Cubs for his 300th career victory. The Cubs threaten in the 9th when Tommy Leach leads off with a fly ball that Beals Becker loses in the sun for a triple‚ but Matty retires the next 3 batters for the win. The Giants take three of four from Chicago and have now won a ML record 14 straight series (one series was just one game).
May 18, 1912 - The $400000 Redland Field is dedicated in Cincinnati. A number of dignitaries including Pennsylvania governor John Tener AL Prexy Ban Johnson and White Sox owner Charles Comiskey are on hand. Designed by Harry Hake at a cost of $225000 the field replaces the aging Palace of the Fans on the same site and looks very much like the Crosley Field that will eventually replace it. The Reds then delight the 20000 fans by beating Christy Mathewson and the Giants 4-3.
May 3, 1912 - Despite a 9th inning triple steal the Giants lose to the Phils 8-6 in 10 innings called by the New York Times. "the triple steal business is about as scarce in the National Pastime as whip sockets on an automobile." New York overcomes a 5-0 deficit to tie on the triple theft; Merkle's 4th hit a Texas leaguer by Herzog and a walk to Meyers sets up the thievery. Reliever Christy Mathewson is drilled for 3 doubles and the loss while Pete Alexander gets the win. Bill Klem sets a season high mark when he tosses 4 players including McGraw out of the game.
Apr 25, 1912 - At Baker Bowl Christy Mathewson subdues the Phillies on 7 hits to beat Tom Seaton 3-1. Two of the Phils' safeties are by 17-year-old infielder Gene Steinbrenner the only hits of his brief ML career.
Dec 21, 1911 - In the New York Evening Journal‚ 80's player-manager Sam Crane picks his all-time greatest list‚ in response to a list that Charles Comiskey compiled. Crane graciously faults Comiskey for not including himself‚ as well as for not going back far enough. He lists 20 in chronological order: G.Wright‚ R. Barnes‚ C. Anson‚ M. Kelly‚ C. Radbourn, F. Dunlap‚ Buck Ewing‚ J. Ward‚ C. Comiskey‚ B. Lange‚ J. McGraw‚ L. Lajoie‚ F. Clarke‚ H. Wagner‚ W. Keeler‚ J. Collins‚ C. Mathewson‚ H. Chase‚ T. Cobb‚ and E. Collins.
Oct 17, 1911 - After criticizing his teammate Marquard's pitching to Baker in his newspaper column Christy Mathewson takes the mound for game 3 against 29-game winner Jack Coombs. Matty takes a 1-0 lead into the 9th. With one out Baker lines another drive over the RF fence to tie it. With that blow he becomes "Home Run" Baker to future generations. Errors by 3B Buck Herzog and SS Art Fletcher give the A's 2 unearned runs in the top of the 11th. New York scores once but the A's win 3-2 behind Jack Coombs's 3-hitter.
Oct 14, 1911 - The Athletics go into the WS minus their star rookie 1B Stuffy McInnis. The veteran Harry Davis replaces him and drives in the first run as Chief Bender tries again to outpitch Christy Mathewson. The Giants are dressed in the same black uniforms they wore in their 1905 conquest of the Mackmen and this Series starts as their last meeting ended: Mathewson wins it 2-1. The largest crowd ever to watch a ball game-38281-is at the Polo Grounds. Gate receipts are $77379.
Oct 11, 1911 - The first MVPs are announced. Using a point system-8 for a first-place vote 7 for 2nd and so on-the 8 voting writers give OF Ty Cobb the maximum 64 points or an efficiency rating of 1.000. P Ed Walsh is 2nd and 2B Eddie Collins 3rd. The NL winner is the Cubs OF Frank "Wildfire" Schulte who garners an efficiency rating of .453 Schulte tops the 100 mark in runs and RBIs and is the only player in history to reach 20 in doubles triples homers and stolen bases in the same season. Christy Mathewson is 2nd. Winners receive Chalmers automobiles.
Sep 12, 1911 - In the nitecap of a game billed as a pitchers' duel Boston's Cy Young and the Giants' Christy Mathewson face each other before 10000 Boston's largest crowd of the year. Young gives up 3 homers and 9 runs in less than 3 innings. After the Giants build a 9-0 lead John McGraw lifts Mathewson who pitched just 2 innings preferring to save his ace for the pennant race against Chicago and Philadelphia. This is the only time the 2 pitchers ever face each other. Mathewson adds to New York's scoring in the 3rd by swiping home. The Giants coast 11-2. In the field Matty also helps when with Miller on 1B in the 2nd inning a line drive to center by Gowdy results in a DP (8-4-1-3). New York wins the 1st game 9-3 and now lead the Cubs by 2 games.
Aug 26, 1911 - Pittsburgh playing without Wagner is no match for Christy Mathewson as the Giants win 6-2. Tommy Leach filling in for Wagner at SS makes three errors behind Howie Camnitz. The Giants announce that for the first 11 playing days at the new Polo Grounds the average attendance was 23864.
Aug 19, 1911 - Thirty-five thousand gather at the not-yet-completed Polo Grounds to watch the Reds finally get to Christy Mathewson after 22 straight losses beating him for the first time since May 1908. Matty after saving the 5-4 opener for Wiltse with two scoreless frames starts the nightcap goes 5 innings and loses 7-4. Mike Mitchell leads the Reds in the nitecap by hitting for the cycle off Matty and adding a double. A crowd of 35000 views the loss.
Aug 16, 1911 - At the Polo Grounds it takes Christy Mathewson just 92 pitches to top the Reds 6-1. Big Six allows just two Cincy hits in beating George Suggs. It is Matty's 22nd straight win over the Ohioans. The New York American asserts that this game is a major-league record for fewest pitches "although the organized baseball record at the time is said to belong to 'one Mr. Delhi of the Pacific Coast League' who pitched only 75 balls in a game." (the latter noted by R.J. Lesch)
Aug 7, 1911 - The matchup between Three Finger Brown and Christy Mathewson is something less than a pitching duel as Chicago bangs out 10 hits including two singles a double and a triple by Joe Tinker. Tinker also adds a steal of home. The Giants collect 13 hits but Chicago wins the game 8-6.
Jul 3, 1911 - With the Phils leading the Giants' Christy Mathewson 4-3 Pete Alexander relieves Sleepy Bill Burns in the 7th and holds New York scoreless over the last 3 innings. The Phils jump on Matty for another 3 runs in the 8th to win 7-3. New York holds a one-game lead over the Cubs.
May 26, 1911 - In one of the few games in which both appear Christy Mathewson and Grover Cleveland Alexander are relievers in a 5-3 win for the Giants over the Phillies. Matty takes over for Bugs Raymond in the 8th after the starter gives up 2 quick runs. With runners on 1B and 3B Mickey Doolan flies to Devlin in right and his perfect strike to Chief Meyers is good for a DP. The Giant score to give Matty the win over Bill Burns though by today's standards it would be a save.
May 23, 1911 - At Hilltop Park New York's Christy Mathewson continues his mastery of the Reds beating them 7-2 for the 18th straight time.
May 4, 1911 - Staked to a 6-0 lead Giants' ace Christy Mathewson coasts to a 7-2 win against Boston.
Apr 13, 1911 - Phillies P Jack Rowan allows just 3 hits while his teammates pepper Christy Mathewson for 14 hits in 18 innings. The Quakers beat the Giants 6-1. Hours later the Polo Grounds grandstand and LF bleachers ignite in a mysterious fire lighting up the night sky with flames. President Frank Farrell of the Highlanders invites the Giants to use the AL grounds Hilltop Park; the offer is accepted paving the way for the Giants' invitation for the AL team to use the Polo Grounds when the Hilltop Park lease expires after the 1912 season. A $500000 steel-and-concrete structure will replace the wooden stands of the Polo Grounds.
Oct 20, 1910 - The Giants win the City Series against the Highlanders 4-2 as Christy Mathewson is victorious over Jack Warhop 6-3. Larry Doyle's 3rd inning 3-run homer into the upper grandstand in RF is the big blow. Paid admission for the six games is over 100000 and each Giant takes home $1110.62. Art Fletcher will use the winnings to marry his childhood sweetheart Blanche Dieu.
Oct 13, 1910 - At the Polo Grounds 25000 fans show up for the start of the City Series between the Giants and Highlanders and to watch Christy Mathewson and rookie phenom Russ Ford square off. The score is 1-1 when Mathewson and Devore single in the bottom of the 8th. An error loads the bases and Ford plunks Al Bridwell to score the winning run. The Giants score 3 more for a 5-1 win with Matty striking out 14 Highlanders. The American Leaguers will win tomorrow when Jack Warhop tops Hooks Wiltse but the Giants take the game on the 15th when Matty preserves the 5-1 win for Drucke. Matty will win game 4 by another 5-1 score.
Sep 24, 1910 - In another matchup of aces the Giants score 4 runs in the 1st inning off Three Finger Brown who is lifted after six innings trailing 5-1. The Cubs rally against Christy Mathewson and score 2 runs in both the 8th and 9th innings to tie. Larry Doyle who sloppy play helped the Cubs scoring singles home the winning run for New York in the bottom of the 9th. Despite the Cubs tying the game after his departure Brown is handed the loss.
Aug 15, 1910 - In the battle for 2nd place in the NL the Pirates and Giants split two each by 2-1 scores. In the opener Lefty Leifield and Christy Mathewson match goose eggs for 10 innings before the Pirates push across two runs on a 2-run double by Fred Clarke. The Giants score in the bottom of the 11th but come up short.
Jul 14, 1910 - At Pittsburgh the Giants blow a 3-0 lead in the 9th when starter Christy Mathewson tires. Matty gives up three runs and with the bases loaded throws two wide ones to Tommy Leach. McGraw yanks his ace but reliever Red Ames completes the walk and the Giants lose 4-3.
Jul 6, 1910 - New York tops the Doves 8-3 in 14 innings. Both starters go all the way. Boston scores 3 runs in the 3rd off Christy Mathewson and the Giants tie it in the 9th on a home run by Beals Becker. New York finally unshoes Buster Brown for 5 runs in the 14th to win.
May 18, 1910 - The Reds collects 11 hits off Christy Mathewson but the Giants outslug Cincy to win 10-6. It is Matty's 13th win in a row over the Reds. The Giants score four runs in the 4th four more in the 7th and two in the 8th to pin the loss on George Suggs now 5-1.
May 2, 1910 - At Washington Park Christy Mathewson pitches a beautiful one-hitter to beat Brooklyn 6-0. Only an error by Merkle on a Zack Wheat grounder in the 7th and a disputed hit in the 8th mar Matty's performance. In the 8th inning Pryor McElveen hits a grounder to short but 3B Art Devlin cuts in front and his throw is low to 1B. It is ruled a hit even though the New York Times called it an error: its headline tomorrow proclaims "Brooklyn Gets No-hit By Mathewson."
Oct 6, 1909 - In New York the Highlanders and Tigers play a game for the benefit of Sam Crane. Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity were the opposing pitchers. The season is over for the Highlanders but Matty pitches even though his Giants are still playing.
Oct 2, 1909 - Eddie Grant of the Phils is 7-for-7 against the Giants' Rube Marquard and Christy Mathewson as the Phils sweep two 9-2 and 2-1. Marquard is clobbered in the opener allowing 16 hits and 9 runs and George McQuillan outpitches Mathewson in the nitecap for a 2-1 victory. Mathewson ends the season with an ERA of 1.14 and a career-high winning percentage of .806.
Sep 22, 1909 - At Robison Field the Cardinals collect 12 hits off Christy Mathewson but still lose to the Giants 4-3. Fred Beebe takes the loss. It is Beebe's 14th straight loss to the Giants establishing a ML record that'll be tied in the 20th century by 7 pitchers.
Sep 16, 1909 - President Taft attends a Cubs-Giants game in Chicago and players are introduced to him before the game. Giants ace Christy Mathewson then outdeals Chicago ace Three Fingered Brown 2-1 with each allowing 7 hits. Taft downs popcorn and lemonade during the match according to the Chicago Tribune.
Sep 11, 1909 - Christy Mathewson and catcher Chief Meyers are all that the Giants need in the opener against Brooklyn. Matty allows 3 hits in shutting down the Superbas and the Chief clubs his first major league homer in the 2nd inning a grand slam to score all the runs. New York wins 4-0 beating Elmer Knetzer. The Superbas take the nitecap 10-1 behind Bugs Raymond. Rookie Zack Wheat has his first 2 ML hits in the nitecap after being collared in the opener by Matty.
Aug 25, 1909 - Christy Mathewson stops the Pirates 3-2 on five hits to notch his 20th victory of the season. It is the 7th season in a row that Matty's hit 20 wins. Nick Maddox takes the loss for the leading Bucs.
Aug 16, 1909 - New York and Pittsburgh play to a 2-2 tie stopped after 8 innings because of a drenching downpour. Off Christy Mathewson Ham Hyatt hits his 3rd pinch triple of the year a record that won't be matched till 1970. Outfielder Red Murray prevents a loss for Matty with one of the greatest catches ever seen at Forbes Field. With two outs and two on Dots Miller belts a long line drive off Matty into the growing darkness. With everyone straining to follow the ball a bolt of lightening flashes and Murray is seen making a bare-handed grab on the dead run to end the inning. Bill Klem then calls the game.
Jul 20, 1909 - New York suffers two losses against the Cards. The first is a line drive in the 7th off the bat of Joe Delahanty that breaks a finger on the left hand of Christy Mathewson. Matty leaves the game and the Cards win 4-3 in 11 innings. The Giants load the bases in the 11th with no outs but fail to score. Matty's broken finger turns out to be "mashed."
Jun 23, 1909 - At the Polo Grounds Christy Mathewson wins a doubleheader against Boston. Matty relieves Marquard in the opener with the score tied 4-4 in the 9th. After shutting down Boston the Giants score a run for the 5-4 win. Matty then coasts in the nitecap to an 11-1 win. Mathewson leaves after two innings with a 4-1 lead and Doc Crandall operates the rest of the way The official scorer awards the game to Christy
Jun 22, 1909 - Christy Mathewson pitches 4 innings for the Bucknell alumni against the varsity as the undergrads win 13-12. Matty also plays 3B and chips in with 3 hits.
May 24, 1909 - Under new manager Roger Bresnahan the Cardinals finally beat Christy Mathewson after losing to the Giants ace 24 consecutive times. Matty allows just 6 hits to his former battery mate's squad but the Giants score once off John Lush to lose 3-1.
May 4, 1909 - Christy Mathewson makes his first appearance of the year giving up 9 hits 4 walks and 3 runs in 7 innings against the Phillies. Philadelphia wins 5-2 to complete a 3-game sweep of the cellar-dwelling Giants.
Apr 15, 1909 - With Christy Mathewson sidelined with a bruised hand the result of a line drive off the bat of Moose McCormick Red Ames gets the call. Before an Opening Day crowd of 30000 at New York Ames pitches a no-hitter for 9 innings against the Brooklyn Superbas loses it with one out in the 10th then loses the game 3-0 in the 13th. Kaiser Wilhelm matches Ames by not allowing a hit until the 8th inning. The Giants outfield has no putouts.
Sep 21, 1908 - In New York Christy Mathewson allows just 3 hits-all in the 3rd inning-and no walks but the Pirates win 2-1. Vic Willis goes one better allowing just 2 New York hits for the victory.
Sep 18, 1908 - The largest crowd in the history of the NL-35000-cheer as the Giants shove the Pirates to 5 games off the pace by sweeping a doubleheader. Christy Mathewson shuts out the Bucs in the first game 7-0 for his 11th shutout and his 33rd win. Then the Giants collect 18 hits to take the nitecap 12-7 as Wiltse and McGinnity combine for the win. The other hitting occurred in the first game when Mike Donlin tired of a heckler and punched him in the eye. Police quickly moved in.
Sep 15, 1908 - The Cardinals rattle Red Ames for 5 hits in the 8th inning to tie the Giants at 4-4. Cardinal killer Christy Mathewson relieves and when Bridwell scores the go-ahead run Matty stops the Birds for his ML record 24th consecutive win over St. Louis.
Aug 17, 1908 - In a rain-shortened game Christy Mathewson throws his mitt on the field and defeats the Cards 3-0 in 6 innings with Harry Sallee taking the loss. With the Giants at bat in the 5th McGraw signals Cy Seymour to steal home-even though Cards C Bill Ludwig has the ball. Jack Barry the next batter then strikes out on 3 pitches as the Giants race to beat the downpour.
Aug 10, 1908 - Twenty thousand fans the largest ever to watch a Monday game crowd the Polo Grounds to see the matchup of Christy Mathewson and the Cubs Orval Overall. Matty doesn't disappoint winning 3-2 but Overall allows just one hit in the loss. Roger Bresnahan's double in the 3-run 1st is the lone safety.
Aug 4, 1908 - The Giants take 2 from Cincinnati winning 4-3 in 12 innings and 4-1. Christy Mathewson wins both relieving McGinnity in the 9th inning of the opener and tossing nine innings in the nitecap; Andy Coakley loses both. New York moves into 2nd place 5 percentage points behind the Pirates. Despite the two losses it is a relief for the Reds to score runs. Cincy (48-50) had endured four straight shutout losses: 5-0 on July 30; 3-0 on the 31st; 6-0 on the 1st and 3rd.
Jul 25, 1908 - Before an overflow crowd of 30000 in New York the Pirates Lefty Leifield tops the Giants and Christy Mathewson 7-2. The loss drops New York to 3rd place. Two errors by Larry Doyle-he'll add another-in the 7th open the gates for 5 Pirate runs. Pittsburgh is lead by Honus Wagner who goes 5-for-5 to take over the batting lead from a hitless Mike Donlin. After each hit Wagner holds up a finger to show the number of safeties to the RF Donlin.
Jul 17, 1908 - In another classic matchup Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson pair off with Brown winning 1-0.. The Cubs pitcher allows 6 hits with Matty giving up 7. The only run comes on a 5th inning inside-the-park home run by Matty's nemesis Joe Tinker who runs through the arms of 3B coach Heinie Zimmerman to score. In the 12 matchups between the two pitchers Brown has won eight. A tragic occurrence happens during Tinker's home run dash when a boy standing on the roof of a nearby building to view the game falls 50 feet to his death.
Jul 16, 1908 - At Chicago manager Frank Chicago figures to rattle Giants rookie Otis "Doc" Crandall and elects to bat the Cubs first (this option rule for the home team was changed in 1950). But Crandall is a rock and nurses a 4-1 lead into the last of the 9th. After one out Christy Mathewson warming in the bullpen decides the game is well in hand and goes into the clubhouse to shower. Crandall promptly walks three straight wherein McGraw looks in vain for Matty. The Giants ace quickly dries off throws on a uniform and puts his street shoes on. By the time he arrives on the mound reliever Joe McGinnity has walked in a run. Matty gets a ground out then a strikeout and the Giants win 4-3. Ed Reulbach takes the loss for Chicago.
Jul 6, 1908 - In Cincinnati Christy Mathewson stops the Reds 2-1 beating Andy Coakley for a Giants win. He'll beat them again by the same score on the 9th. The 3rd place Giants are now 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Pirates. John McGraw misses the game to scout 19-year-old prospect Rube Marquard pitching in Columbus.
May 13, 1908 - At Pittsburgh the Pirates knock out Christy Mathewson in the 5th inning and top the Giants 5-1 behind Howie Comnitz. It is Matty's first loss of the year. The game takes just 85 minutes to complete.
Apr 22, 1908 - In the Giants home opener 25000 fans watch Brooklyn take a 2-1 lead into the 9th inning against Christy Mathewson. With Fred Tenney on 1B Mike Donlin a hold out all of last year then homers to give the Giants a 3-2 win.
Oct 5, 1907 - In Philadelphia‚ the Phillies complete a three-game sweep by winning a pair from the Giants, 7-3 and 3-2. Rookie George McQuillan (4-0) beats Christy Mathewson in game two, called after the Giants bat in the 7th. Mathewson finishes the season at 24-12.
Sep 17, 1907 - The Giants drop their 3rd straight in Boston losing 6-3 at the South End Grounds. Losing 3-1 to Christy Mathewson Boston makes 5 hits including a triple by Fred Tenney off Matty in the 7th and scores 5 runs. Pittsburgh lead in the NL is now 4 1/2 games.
Sep 9, 1907 - The Giants play their 5th doubleheader in a week splitting shutouts with Boston. New York takes the opener 10-0 then Irv Young outpitches Christy Mathewson 1-0 in the 7-inning nitecap.
Aug 17, 1907 - A matchup of Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson attracts a crowd of 20000 at the Polo Grounds. Matty is unhittable for 8 innings with only a bunt single for the Cubs. But Chicago scores 2 in the 9th to tie as reliever Jack Pfiester matches Matty for the last 3 innings. Johnny Kling wins it 3-2 for the Cubs in the 12th with a drive into the LF bleachers.
Aug 12, 1907 - The Giants' Christy Mathewson wins his 17th topping the Pirates 5-3 on 8 hits.
Jun 19, 1907 - Miller Huggins diminutive 2B of the Reds leads off the game against New York with a HR off Christy Mathewson. The rare occurrence (he hits only 9 in his career) astonishes the home town fans and they celebrate by presenting him with a pair of shoes a gold watch a 5-pound box of chocolates a scarf pin and a Morris chair. The Reds win in the 9th when Larry McLean drives home 2 runs for a 3-2 win.
Jun 5, 1907 - At Chicago Christy Mathewson loses his 2nd game of the year this one again to Three Fingered Brown. The Cubs scorch Matty for 16 hits to beat the Giants 8-2. Brown has now topped the Giants ace their last five meetings.
May 21, 1907 - Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson hook up in a pitching duel with the Chicago ace emerging the winner 3-2. Matty's batterymate Roger Bresnahan makes 2 errors to cause Christy Mathewson to lose his 1st of the year. Mobbed at the Polo Grounds after the loss umpires O'Day and Emslie require police protection. The crowd is egged on by McGraw who will be thrown out of games 7 times this year. The next day AL ump Billy Evans needs a police escort after argumentative Hugh Jennings incites a riot. Jennings will be suspended.
May 17, 1907 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants sweep two from the Cards by the scores of 2-1 and 4-0. Christy Mathewson wins the opener allowing just 3 hits in 12 innings while striking out 11. Matty's single in the bottom of the 12th off Fred Beebe provides the winning score. Joe McGinnity's shutout in the nitecap is New York's 16th victory in a row.
May 11, 1907 - John McGraw deals three aces today against the Pirates and emerges with a 9-6 win. Starter Joe McGinnity lasts one inning Hooks Wiltse pitches until the 7th when he is given the hook in favor of Christy Mathewson. The Giants score 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th off Mike Lynch with the victory going to Matty.
May 8, 1907 - Christy Mathewson tosses his 2nd straight shutout stopping the visiting Pirates 4-0 on 4 hits. Lefty Leifield takes the loss. First-place New York has now won 10 in a row and holds a slim lead over Chicago.
Oct 5, 1906 - The Giants give Christy Mathewson's brother Henry a starting chance against Boston and he promptly puts his name in the record books. Henry establishes a modern NL record by walking 14. He also hits one batter allows just 5 hits but completes the 7-1 loss. He'll pitch another inning next year but this is his only ML decision. Big Jeff Pfeffer is the winner but he still finishes 13-22. He combines with Young Lindeman and Dorner as four 20-game losers matching the ML record set last year by Boston. Irv Young is the only repeater from last year's staff.
Sep 28, 1906 - At New York the Giants pepper Fred Beebe while Christy Mathewson coasts to an 8-1 lead. With the game in hand Christy leaves after 8 innings and his brother Henry Mathewson makes his ML debut. Henry allows an unearned run in the 9th and the Giants win 8-2.
Aug 30, 1906 - At Baker Bowl the Phils and Giants swap shutouts. The Quakers win the opener 2-0 when Tom Sparks allows just 3 hits to outpitch Christy Mathewson. Iron Joe McGinnity then blanks the hosts 1-0 to hand Bill Duggleby the loss.
Aug 25, 1906 - The Giants trailing the Reds 3-2 after 6 innings jump on Bob Wicker for 6 runs in the 7th and win going away 8-3. One of the 6 hits in the 6th is a double by Christy Mathewson the winning pitcher.
Jul 30, 1906 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants jump on Cincy's Bob Wicker lighting him up for 17 hits to win 9-1. Christy Mathewson and Cy Seymour each have 3 hits with Matty exiting the game after 6 innings. The umps call the game after 8 innings on account of darkness.
Jul 17, 1906 - The Cubs beat back the Giants 6-2 as Three Fingered Brown tops Christy Mathewson. Joe Tinker's 2-run homer in the 6th is the big blow for Chicago. The loss drops the Giants to 6 games behind the Cubs.
Jul 5, 1906 - At the Polo Grounds Boston's Jeff Pfeffer and Christy Mathewson match zeros for 8 innings before the Giants finally score in the 9th on a single by Sammy Strang. Matty allows 6 hits in the 1-0 win.
Jun 10, 1906 - In Memphis on a scouting trip Connie Mack says that Christy Mathewson's ineffectiveness can be traced back to a ligament sprain in his last game pitching against the A's. In the latter part of the game Matty grasped his arm after unleashing a fastball. Mack said players on the coaching lines heard the snap of something resembling the crack of a toy pistol. Mack's offer of $1700 to Memphis for SS Nicholls was refused.
Jun 7, 1906 - The Cubs score 11 runs in the first inning off Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity en route to a 19-0 cakewalk in New York. Matty gives up 6 walks retiring one batter and Iron Joe leaves after the 2nd inning. Jack Pfiester allows just three hits as he coasts to the win the worst beating in Giants history.
Jun 4, 1906 - Unable to shake the effects of diphtheria contracted in the spring a frustrated Christy Mathewson throws a rare tantrum after giving up 4 runs to the Phils on 2 hits and 6 walks in the first inning and umpire Bill Klem in turn throws him out of the game. Hooks Wiltse relieves and picks up a victory as New York rallies to win 9-6.
May 26, 1906 - At St. Louis George Browne drives in 2 runs in the top of the 9th to give the Giants a 5-4 lead over the Cards. McGinnity pitches a scoreless 9th to preserve the win for Christy Mathewson.
May 18, 1906 - Christy Mathewson weakened from a bout of diphtheria is pounded for 14 hits by the Pirates and loses 7-6. Honus Wagner paces the attack with 2 singles and a triple and also picks off Bill Dahlen off 2B in the 9th inning with the hidden ball trick. Dahlen intently watching Lefty Leifeld on the mound misses Wagner who gently touches him with the ball. McGraw is so furious with Dahlen that he slaps him with a $100 fine later rescinded (according to Bill Deane). The Pirates have now won 3 in a row from New York.
May 5, 1906 - Christy Mathewson makes his first mound appearance of the year for the Giants. The New York ace is still weak from a case of diphtheria contracted before the season. Matty pitches 7 innings against Boston and allows 7 hits before being relieved by Joe McGinnity who allows 3 runs in the 9th to turn a 4-3 margin into a 6-4 defeat. The Giants (15-5) stay in first place in the NL.
Jan 20, 1906 - The Giants sign Christy Mathewson's far less talented 19-year-old brother Henry.. In two major league seasons, Henry will appear in three games going 0-1 with a 4.91 e.r.a at time when the average NL e.r.a. was 2.61.
Oct 9, 1905 - At Philadelphia in the first game of a World Series under a 7-game format two Pennsylvanian rivals square off: Bucknell's Christy Mathewson outpitches 26-game-winner Eddie Plank (Gettysburg Academy) to win 3-0 in the first game of the all-shutout World Series. Matty allows 4 hits and walks none.
Sep 7, 1905 - The Beaneaters and Giants trade shutouts with Boston beating Joe McGinnity in the opener 1-0 and Christy Mathewson returning the favor 3-0 in the nitecap. The game is scoreless until New York scores a run in the 7th off Vic Willis.
Aug 10, 1905 - In a great pitching duel New York ace Christy Mathewson allows 3 Chicago hits while the Giants manage just 4 off Ed Reulbach. New York tallies an unearned run in the 6th for the games only score.
Aug 8, 1905 - In Chicago the Cubs notch 6 hits and 3 runs off Dummy Taylor but the Giants still lead 4-3 in the bottom of the 4th when McGraw lifts the pitcher for Christy Mathewson. Matty shuts out Chicago over the last 5+ innings but the win goes to Taylor. By today's standards the win would go to Mathewson since Taylor did not last through the first 5 innings.
Aug 5, 1905 - Umpire George Bausewine is once again in the middle of controversy. He forfeits a game to the Pirates with the score tied 5-5 in the 9th when the Giants argue too long over his safe call at 3B. New York will appeal the forfeiture but on August 26th President Pulliam will uphold the ump's decision. By the rules of the day Giants pitcher Christy Mathewson is charged with the loss.
Jul 16, 1905 - The Pirates edge the Giants 2-1 overcoming the pitching of Christy Mathewson who is knocked over by Fred Clarke in a play at 1B. Six Giants are tossed out of the coaching box during the game. Pittsburgh now trails New York by 6 games.
Jul 12, 1905 - Chicago's Three Fingered Brown scores the first of 9 straight wins over Christy Mathewson 8-1 as he allows just 2 New York hits. New York's lone run scores on an error by Billy Maloney. Matty gives up 12 hits while his teammates commit 5 errors. Of 28 matches over their careers Brown will win 14.
Jun 13, 1905 - At the West Side Grounds Christy Mathewson and the Zephyrs' (Cubs) Mordecai "Three Fingered" Brown almost matched Matty for 8 innings allowing just 2 hits but 4 straight hits in the 9th score the winning run for Giants 1-0. Matty tosses his 2nd no-hitter and his 31-8 record and 1.27 ERA with 9 shutouts will mark his 3rd straight 30-win year.
May 6, 1905 - At the Polo Grounds Boston's Irv "Little Cy" Young wins a duel with Christy Mathewson beating the Giants 2-1. New York (13-4) keeps its hold on first place.
Apr 29, 1905 - During the Giants 10-3 victory in Philadelphia Christy Mathewson is razzed by a teenager selling lemonade and responds by belting the boy in the teeth. The crowd turns ugly but the Giants emerge unscathed.
Oct 3, 1904 - Christy Mathewson of the Giants strikes out 16 Cards in a 3-1 Giants victory. Big 6's sixteen strikeouts establishes a new ML record as he ?nishes the game in one hour and 15 minutes. A crowd of just 300 is on hand in New York. Matty's 16 K's is one better than St. Louis Brownie Fred Glade's 15 recorded on June 15.
Jul 4, 1904 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Phils to run their win streak to 18 games. This ties the record of the 1894 Orioles. New York wins the opener 4-1 behind Dummy Taylor then take the nitecap 11-3 behind Christy Mathewson. Matty leaves after 7 innings leading 11-1. The streak of 18 games matches one rung up by the 1885 White Stockings and the 1894 Baltimore Orioles: the record is 20 games held by the 1884 Providence Grays.
Jun 16, 1904 - The Giants score the winning run against the Cards in the bottom of the 9th when St. Louis 2B Dave Brain drops a toss for the inning-ending force. New York wins 4-3. With the win Christy Mathewson starts a 24-game winning streak against the Cardinals that will not end until 1908. His 33 victories and McGinnity's 35 will be the most victories by 2 teammates since 1900. For the Giants it is the start of an 18-game win streak.
Jun 15, 1904 - Fred Glade of the St. Louis Browns strikes out 15 batters to set a new AL and ML record. Glade's effort results in a 6-1 win over the Highlanders but he'll only hold the ML record until October 3 when it'll be broken by Christy Mathewson. There is some contention most notably by rowns secretary Sidney Mercer that Glade's number is 16 but the box score says otherwise.
Jun 13, 1904 - At the Polo Grounds Chicago tops the Giants 3-2 as Three Fingered Brown outduels Christy Mathewson for the win. Frank Chance leads the Chicago offense by hitting for the cycle. The loss drops New York back into 2nd place one-half game behind Chicago.
Jun 10, 1904 - In the opener of the battle for first place at the Polo Grounds Christy Mathewson pitches a brilliant one-hitter to beat Chicago 5-0. The lone hit is Johnny Kling's 4th-inning single. The other action is provided by ump Charlie Zimmer who ejects Mertes on a strike call. He also thumbs John McGraw coaching at 3B to the bench and sends Dummy Taylor the 1B coach to the clubhouse. One wag said later that Taylor was making too much noise.
May 23, 1904 - Chicago's Jake Weimer and Christy Mathewson duel for 11 innings before the game is a called a 1-1 tie. Ump Bob Emslie calls the game at the West Side Grounds so the Giants can catch a train for New York. Matty allows 6 hits one less than Weimer.
May 10, 1904 - The Cards beat up Christy Mathewson scoring 5 runs and knocking him out after the first inning. St. Louis continues the shelling to win 14-1. Matty now 4-2 will not lose to St. Louis in his next 24 decisions.
Sep 8, 1903 - New York's Christy Mathewson and Brooklyn's Bill Reidy hook up for the 3rd time in a week and the rubber game ends in a tie 4-4. The match is called by ump Tim Hurst after 8 innings because of darkness.
Sep 5, 1903 - In a game stopped by rain after 5 innings Christy Mathewson beats Brooklyn's Bill Reidy 3-1 allowing just one hit and striking out 5. The only Superbas score comes in the 4th when RF George Browne makes two errors.
Aug 10, 1903 - Brooklyn's Henry Schmidt drops his 2nd game in 3 days to the Giants this time losing 3-1 to Christy Mathewson. Matty wins his 20th and loses his shutout in the 9th on a passed ball by Jack Warner. Schmidt 29 will win 21 games in this his only season in the Majors. A westerner he will return his 1904 contract unsigned with the note "I do not like living in the East and will not report."
Aug 7, 1903 - The Giants sweep the Phillies at the Polo Grounds taking the opener 7-5 behind Christy Mathewson. Matty surrenders 5 hits but fans 10. Dummy Taylor wins the nitecap 6-2 to put the Giants back into 2nd place.
Jun 30, 1903 - The Cards bunch 3 hits and a George Davis error in the 6th for 3 runs and beat Christy Mathewson 4-2. Davis will appear in just 4 games in 1903 all for the Giants before White Sox owner Charles Comiskey secures an injunction to keep him off the field. He'll be back with the Sox next season.
Jun 18, 1903 - Opening a home stand at the Polo Grounds Christy Mathewson and Chicago's Jake Weimer battle with Matty taking the loss 1-0. A walk to Jimmy Slagle with the bases loaded in the 6th provides Chicago with the needed margin. It is Matty's first loss in his last 10 decisions and it knocks the Giants out of first place. They won't be in first the rest of the year.
Jun 3, 1903 - Pirate pitching shuts out the Giants for the 2nd day in a row with Sam Leever applying the whitewash 5-0. Pittsburgh scores their first run on a double steal with Claude Richey on the front end. Richey tallies 4 hits off Joe McGinnity to pace the offense. Ginger Beaumont adds a HR to deep CF in the 5th inning the same inning in which 3B coach Christy Mathewson is tossed for kicking dirt on umpire James Johnstone.
May 16, 1903 - A record 31500 at the Polo Grounds see the Giants beat Pittsburgh 7-3 behind Christy Mathewson. Matty allows 8 hits in beating William Kennedy who is bricked for 13 safeties. The first-place New Yorkers will soon fade and the Pirates now in 3rd place will win their 3rd straight pennant.
Apr 21, 1903 - At Brooklyn's home opener at Washington Park Mrs. Charles Ebbets throws out the first ball and then Henry Schmidt and the Giants' Christy Mathewson keep the ball low as a NL-record 43 total chances are taken by two clubs. The Superbas have 23 assists including 8 by Schmidt; the Giants have 21. Catcher Jack Warner drives home the winning run for a 2-1 New York victory. The total chance record will be tied by the Giants and Reds May 15 1909.
Apr 17, 1903 - At the Opener at the Polo Grounds Brooklyn scores 4 in the first against Christy Mathewson but New York counters to take a 5-4 lead. Matty allows another 5 runs as his teammates contribute six errors. Brooklyn wins 9-7 behind rookie Henry Schmidt.
Sep 13, 1902 - The Superbas top the Giants' Christy Mathewson 7-2 with the help of 5 New York errors three by 3B Bill Lauder.
Sep 6, 1902 - The New York Giants borrow catcher Jack Robinson from Bridgeport and he makes his debut catching Christy Mathewson. As noted by Cliff Blau Robinson in just 7 innings lets 5 pitches get by him resulting in runner advancement. Blau notes that the Evening Telegram and the Times disagree on the scoring one giving Robinson 4 passed balls while the other blamed only 2. He also allows 4 stolen bases in as many tries. The last place Giants tie the champion Pirates with a run in the 5th but Mathewson gives up 13 hits and allows 8 runs in the last 4 innings for a 9-3 finale. The game is enlivened a bit when in the 4th inning a small fire starts behind the Giants bench but it is quickly extinguished by buckets of water handed to the fans by the players.
Aug 1, 1902 - At the Polo Grounds the Cards and Giants split a pair St. Louis topping Joe McGinnity in the opener to win 4-3 then losing 4-2. Christy Mathewson scatters 11 hits in beating Alex Pearson. In the opener the Giants have 3 runners thrown out at home in just 2 innings and 6 runners thrown out trying to steal or take an extra base. Showing their wide-open style Bresnahan scores from 2B on a bunt.
Jul 24, 1902 - At Washington Park the Giants win their 2nd in a row under McGraw beating Brooklyn 2-0. Christy Mathewson strikes out 11 to even his record at 8-8. Matty will top Brooklyn by the same score on the 28th in a rain-shortened game.
Jul 15, 1902 - At Cincinnati Christy Mathewson starts a triple play in the 2nd inning by catching a pop bunt but Matty then exits trailing 6-0. The loss leaves the Giants pitcher with a 6-8 record.
Jul 12, 1902 - Overcoming poor Buc baserunning Pirates star Jack Chesbro pitches a 5-hit shutout and strikes out 11 Giants to beat Christy Mathewson 4-0. As noted by Clifford Blau the Buccos lose 5 straight runners via baserunning errors. With 2 outs in the third Ginger Beaumont is on 2B with first base empty and he is put out trying to advance to third on a grounder. In the 4th Hans Wagner leads off with a triple but is out at the plate on Kitty Bransfield's grounder to first. Bransfield is then thrown out trying to steal 2B. Claude Ritchey draws a walk but is picked off first. Jimmy Burke leads off the fifth with a double but tries to stretch it into a triple and is tagged out by Matty covering the bag.
May 21, 1902 - At Pittsburgh the Giants top the leading Pirates 5-2 with Christy Mathewson winning in relief. Matty takes over for Dummy Taylor in the 7th allows a tying run to score then scores the winning run himself in the 8th.
May 14, 1902 - New York batters Cardinal pitcher Mike Joyce for 14 hits sending the Irish-born hurler to a 10-7 loss. St. Louis manages 9 hits off Christy Mathewson the winning pitcher. New York is a distant third to the leading Pirates (19-3).
May 7, 1902 - The Cubs Jack Taylor beats Christy Mathewson 4-0 at Chicago's West Side Grounds. Taylor gives up just 2 hits while Matty allows five. Following a Giants' protest tomorrow that Taylor was pitching from in front of the rubber this game will later be ruled invalid and all the records will be thrown out including Taylor's win and Matty's loss.
Apr 17, 1902 - After the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner" before infield practice at the Polo Grounds Christy Mathewson tosses a four-hit shutout over the Phillies. New York wins 7-0 beating Harry Felix before a crowd of 24000.
Oct 5, 1901 - The Brooklyn Superbas sweep two from the Giants 8-0 and 4-2. Wild Bill Donovan pitches the opener allowing 3 hits in winning his NL-high 25th game. Christy Mathewson umpires the first game then loses the 2nd game also umpired by a ball player.
Sep 25, 1901 - The first-place Pirates jump on Christy Mathewson for 3 runs in the first inning on their way to a 10-5 win over the Giants. The Bucs tally 14 hits off Matty to whip the visiting Giants.
Sep 21, 1901 - In Cincinnati Christy Mathewson allows just 3 hits in beating the Reds 5-1. It is Matty's 20th win.
Aug 26, 1901 - New York's Christy Mathewson allows just 3 hits in beating the Phils 3-1.
Aug 19, 1901 - Kid Nichols and Christy Mathewson square off the 3rd time in 7 days with Nichols winning easily 11-6. New York makes 4 errors but a tired Matty is pasted for 13 hits while striking out just one.
Aug 13, 1901 - Kid Nichols and Christy Mathewson face each other again and both throw shut out ball for 9 innings. Boston finally scores three in the 10th to win 3-0. Matty's record in the past month is 3-7. Nichols and Mathewson will go at each other tomorrow in the 2nd game of two with the match ending in an 11-inning 5-5 tie.
Aug 8, 1901 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants and Brooklyn split two Brooklyn winning the opener 3-0 before losing the nitecap to Christy Mathewson 4-1. Brooklyn threatens in the 6th putting two on with no outs but Matty K's Cozy Dolan allows a single then strikes out Tom Daly and Bill Dahlen to end the threat.
Aug 5, 1901 - In the first of two in Philley Giant OF Ike Van Zandt makes an 11th inning error and Philadelphia goes on to score 3 runs and win 6-3. Van Zandt came on in the 9th after starting LF Kip Selbach is tossed for protesting strike calls. Christy Mathewson takes the loss for New York.
Aug 1, 1901 - Kid Nichols in relief and Christy Mathewson face each other for the 2nd time in 3 days with Matty winning this outing. Nichols relieves in the 7th with the score 5-5 but New York scores 4 runs to take a 9-5 lead. Boston retaliates with 3 runs to put Matty on the ropes but he escapes with a 9-8 win.
Jul 29, 1901 - At the Polo Grounds Boston's Kid Nichols and Christy Mathewson square off for a ten-inning shootout with Boston prevailing 5-4. Matty gives up 11 hits in bringing his record to 15-11.
Jul 25, 1901 - Brooklyn righty Frank Kitson outpitches Christy Mathewson allowing just one Giant hit in beating New York 5-0. Four of the Brooklyn runs are unearned. Algie McBride has the only safety a single for NY.
Jul 23, 1901 - Brooklyn batters a wild Christy Mathewson for 6 hits in two innings knocking him out of the game in the 3rd the first time this season Matty has not finished a start. The Giants lose 8-3.
Jul 15, 1901 - Christy Mathewson 22-years-old of the Giants pitches a no-hitter blanking St. Louis 5-0 at League Park. Matty saves his own no-hitter in the 6th when an Otto Krueger hit caroms off 1B Chick Ganzel's glove to Mathewson who throws back to 1B for a 3-1-3 putout.
Jul 4, 1901 - In Pittsburgh the Giants split a doubleheader winning the a.m. game 5-3 then lose to the Bucs 12-0 in the afternoon game. Christy Mathewson is the winner in the morning scattering 11 hits striking out 10 and walking 6.
Jun 24, 1901 - The Giants edge St. Louis 3-2 when Sammy Strang singles home Piano Legs Hickman in the bottom of the 9th. Christy Mathewson allows 6 hits in beating Willie Sudhoff though the Cards' pitcher hits a two-run homer his only major league round tripper.
Jun 15, 1901 - After two losses to the Giants Chicago gets back on track 9-2 behind the 10 strikeout twirling of Rube Waddell. The Colts trample Christy Mathewson for 9 runs and 13 hits and hand the phenom his 4th loss in a row.
Jun 8, 1901 - At Cincinnati the 2nd place Reds beat up on New York's Christy Mathewson clubbing him for 9 hits and 6 runs to win 6-4.
Jun 1, 1901 - At the Polo Grounds the first-place Giants top Boston Somersets' Kid Nichols 2-1 behind Christy Mathewson's 5-hitter. Matty fans 10 Boston batters much to the delight of the overflow crowd. He strikes out Gene DeMontreville in the 6th and when the bat sails out of the DeMontreville's hands on the 3rd strike Matty tosses it to 1B to complete the play.
May 30, 1901 - An NL record crowd of 28500 sees St. Louis beat the Giants 6-5 in 10 innings in the afternoon game of a split holiday doubleheader at New York. Christy Mathewson takes the loss in relief after coming on in the 7th with the game knotted at 5 apiece. A passed ball with a runner on 2B and a sacrifice fly is Matty's undoing. New York wins the A.M. game 6-4 in front of 2500 fans.
May 11, 1901 - The largest NL crowd of the year so far (8500) fills Brooklyn's Washington Park to view the Boy Wonder from Bucknell Christy Mathewson. Matty doesn't disappoint topping Brooklyn's William Kennedy 7-0 as Brooklyn manages just 2 hits off the Giants budding star. New York moves into 3rd place with the win.
May 6, 1901 - Christy Mathewson wins his fourth straight game blanking Philadelphia 4-0 on 5 hits. It is Matty's first career shutout.
May 3, 1901 - In a matchup of future Hall of Famers the Giants beat Boston 2-1 as Christy Mathewson wins his 3rd straight beating Kid Nichols on a 3-hitter. Bobby Lowe who has all of Boston's hits scores the Beaneater's only run on a passed ball.
Apr 3, 1901 - Connie Mack accuses Christy Mathewson of reneging on a Philadelphia contact signed in January. The young pitcher had accepted advance money from Mack but jumped back to the Giants in March. Mack considers going to court but eventually accepts the loss of the pitcher.
Dec 15, 1900 - Amos Rusie‚ out for the past 2 years with arm problems‚ is traded to the Reds by the Giants for young Christy Mathewson. Though only 30‚ Rusie‚ a future Hall of Fame pitcher‚ will not have the ability that brought him 8 straight 20-win seasons‚ and he will not add to the 245 wins he collected in 9 seasons. Appearing in just 3 games in 1901‚ he will finish with an 0-1 record. Mathewson‚ 0-3 with the Giants but 20-2 with Norfolk (Virginia League)‚ is much coveted by Cincinnati owner John T. Brush‚ who is currently negotiating to buy control of the Giants from the unscrupulous Andrew Freedman. Before he takes over‚ Brush wants Mathewson in place as a Giants' starter‚ rather than the "pitched out" Amos Rusie.
Sep 26, 1900 - At Boston's South End Grounds Giants reliever Christy Mathewson walks 6 and fails to hold a 7-4 lead and Boston wins 8-7. It is Matty's 3rd loss. The Giants will return the rookie to Norfolk rather than pay $1500 and Mathewson will be picked up by Cincinnati for $100.
Sep 13, 1900 - At the Polo Grounds Christy Mathewson makes his first start pitching a complete game loss to the Colts. Chicago wins 6-5 scoring 4 runs in the first thanks to an error by 1B Jack Doyle.
Sep 6, 1900 - At the Polo Grounds the Cardinals jump on Giants starter Ed Doheny scoring 8 runs in the first 3 innings. Christy Mathewson makes his first appearance in a month giving up 3 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings of relief. St. Louis wins 11-4.
Aug 4, 1900 - The Cardinals blow a 4-1 lead to the Giants but come back against reliever Christy Mathewson pitching his 3rd straight game in relief to take another lead 8-7 in the 7th. St. Louis wins 9-8 with John McGraw scoring the winning run in the 8th handing Matty his first career decision. Matty will go 0-3 as a Giant before returning to Norfolk when the Giants decide not to pay $1500 for him..
Jul 17, 1900 - At Brooklyn's Washington Park the Superbas tie the score against the Giants in the 5th. With 2 men on base and the score tied New York captain George Davis takes out pitcher Ed Doheny and brings in rookie Christy Mathewson just brought up from Norfolk where he was 20-2. He hits 3 batters walks 2 and gives up 6 runs in a 13-7 loss charged to Doheny. The New York Times says "Matty has lots of speed and gives promise of making his way." Doheny also plunked a batter while Brooklyn's Joe McGinnity hit 2 for a combined 6 in the game a record since tied. McGinnity will hit 40 batters this year.
Jul 31, 1899 - Christy Mathewson makes his first pro appearance pitching for Taunton (Mass.) against Manchester of the New England League. Christopher the Crafty loses 6-5.