Christy Mathewson (Portrait) - 1909-1911 T206 White Border

The T206 set contains a trio of cards featuring one of baseball’s best hurlers. Four times in his illustrious career, Christy Mathewson won 30 or more games with a career-high of 37 in 1908. Mathewson would achieve much of his success with the use of a specialty pitch that was most likened to a screwball. This pitch would fade away from lefties and nip the outside corners on right-handed hitters. With a career ERA of 2.13, it is clear that this pitch was very difficult to hit. Mathewson, like other top HOF players in the set, has more than one pose to choose from. The White Cap variation is considered to be the most difficult of the three Mathewson cards, but the Portrait is the most popular. In addition, the Mathewson Portrait is one of the toughest HOF portraits in the entire set to find in high-grade.

Christopher “Christy” Mathewson

Born: August 12, 1880 - Factoryville, PA
Died: October 7, 1925 - Saranac Lake, NY
Batted: RH
Threw: RH
Position: P
MLB Pitching Record: 373–188
ERA: 2.13
Managerial Record: 164–176

Teams:
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.

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories 


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Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
4 NM+ 7.5

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