Journals Higher Education

$34.99

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08 December 1994

272 Pages | 19 halftones

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780195092639


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Matty: An American Hero

Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants

Ray Robinson

When all-time pitching great Christy Mathewson died of tuberculosis in 1925 at the age of 45, it touched off a wave of national mourning that remains without precedent for an American athlete. The World Series was underway, and the game the day after Mathewson's death took on the trappings of a state funeral: officials slowly lowered the flag to half-mast, each ballplayer wore a black armband, and fans joined together in a chorus of "Nearer My God to Thee." The pitcher known to one and all as "Matty" or "Big Six" was as beloved for the strength of character he brought to the national pastime, as for his stunning 373 career victories.
In Matty, Ray Robinson tells the story of a man who became America's first authentic sports hero. Until Mathewson, Robinson reveals, Americans loved baseball but looked down on ballplayers and other athletes as hard-drinking, skirt-chasing ne'er-do-wells. Mathewson changed this attitude, showing an eager public that a real-life role model could be found in the athletic arena. Drawing on rare interviews, press clips, and long overlooked eyewitness accounts, Matty brings baseball's golden age to life, offering fascinating insight into the making of an early twentieth-century American hero.

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