PLAYER: Christy Mathewson (HOF)
TEAM: New York Giants
BACK: Sweet Caporal 350 f. 30 (38/39)
GRADE: PSA 2 G
A pleasing example of New York Giants Hall Of Fame Legend Christy Mathewson featuring the Sweet Caporal 350 f. 30 advertising reverse (ranked 38 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource).
Despite what appears to be tape residue and a very slight amount of paper loss on the “r” in the word “cigarette” on the reverse of the card, the offered example is attractive and features a nice front with a quality image of Mathewson.
“THE CHRISTIAN GENTLEMAN”
Born: August 12, 1880 – Factoryville, PA
Died: October 7, 1925 – Saranac Lake, NY
MLB Pitching Record: 373–188
Managerial Record: 164–176
New York Giants NL (1900–1916)
Cincinnati Reds NL (player/manager: 1916; manager: 1917–1918)
Christy “Big Six” Mathewson was one of the dominant pitchers of this era, along with Walter Johnson and Cy Young, and when it comes to the greatest pitcher of all time, he certainly deserves consideration. He won an amazing 373 games over his 17-year career, and “owned” some of the greatest hitters of the day. His team won the World Series in 1905. Mathewson topped the 30-win column four times and the 20-win column nine times. He won the National League Pitcher’s Triple Crown in 1905 and 1908, and was the ERA champion and the strikeout champion five times. After his playing days were over, he managed the Cincinnati Reds through 1918 and became president of the Boston Braves in 1923. During WWI he was accidentally gassed in a training maneuver; this eventually caused the tuberculosis that killed him in 1925. Christy Mathewson was one of the five charter members of the Hall of Fame inducted in 1936.
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