Christy Mathewson, a Pennsylvania native and Bucknell University alumnus, is one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. He still holds the record for third most career wins (373) and eighth lowest career earned run average (2.13) and was one of the first five players to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mathewson played professional baseball for 17 years, mostly with the New York Giants. Mathewson was well regarded as an intellectual compared to other baseball players since he attended college and often wrote newspaper articles about baseball. During his pitching career, Mathewson wrote a series of children’s books and a non-fiction memoir. On display are Catcher Craig, Pitcher Pollock, and Won in the Ninth, which are three of his five children’s books. Mathewson imbued these books with his own virtues and gentlemanly style of gameplay, modeling such behavior for children learning to love baseball.
Gifts from Mrs T. Lorraine Graber at the bequest of Dr. Ralph Graber.
-Pitcher Pollock. Grosset & Dunlap, 1914.
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-Catcher Craig. Grosset & Dunlap, 1915.
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-Won in the Ninth. R.J. Bodmer, 1910.
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