Check, signed by Christy Mathewson.

Check, signed by Christy Mathewson.

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Personal check, signed by baseball player Christy Mathewson. After the pitcher's death, Mathewson's wife Jane would often provide such signed checks in response to autograph requests. The check is dated October 2, 1924.
Right-handed pitcher Christy Mathewson (1880-1925) was one of the most successful players to ever take the mound in the Major Leagues. In 17 years with the New York Giants the Pennsylvania native amassed a career record of 373-188, with a lifetime earned run average of 2.13. The former collegiate star used a devastating fadeaway (screwball) to twice achieve pitching’s triple crown (leading the league in three major statistical categories; wins, era, and strikeouts,) throw two no hitters, and lead the league in strikeouts five times. Mathewson starred in bringing the Giants a World Series title in 1905, pitching three games without giving up a run.
In 1916, the aging hurler joined the Cincinnati Reds, where he appeared in one game. Mathewson would continue as the team’s manager through the 1918 season. After that year, he joined the military, where as a member of the Chemical Service he developed tuberculosis resulting from a training exercise. The disease plagued him as he returned to baseball as a coach an owner, and ultimately led to his death in 1925.
Mathewson’s 37 wins in 1908 is still a record for baseball’s modern era. In 1936 he was a member of the Baseball Hall of Fames’ inaugural class.
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Object Name
Check, Personal
check, baseball
Date made
thru person
Rinsland, George
associated person
Mathewson, Christy
Associated Name
New York Giants
Mathewson, Christy
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 11 in x 8 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 21.59 cm
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accession number
catalog number
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National Museum of American History
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