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The Player: Christy Mathewson, Baseball, and the American Century

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Christy Mathewson (1880-1925) was baseball's first superstar pitcher who still ranks among the all-time leaders in wins, earned run average, and shutouts. Mathewson was in the first group elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, with Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson. At a time when professional ballplayers were regarded as hard-living rogues, Matty was a s ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 31st 2003 by Da Capo Press (first published August 10th 2003)
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It's worth a read if only because Mathewson was one of the five original inductees into the Hall of Fame. Seib makes the case that Mathewson and baseball paralleled, and slightly led, the American character's development in the first twenty years of the 20th century, and he makes it well.

I just wish there had been more to the book - a more thorough picture of Mathewson's life. Starting with a scant 170 pages, he devotes as much time to the atmosphere around Mathewson as to the man himself, inclu
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Matt
Feb 10, 2017 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if there are "better" biographies on Christy Mathewson, but I linked the interweaving of his life with changes in the U.S during that time period.
Dominic Carlone
I was warned by other reviews that this isn't a straight biography of Christy, and the subtitle alludes to that as well. And indeed, it doesn't delve very deeply into his achievements as a baseball player. All that aside, it's a novel idea to capture an era of history with a player's bio as the context and vice versa, but it would probably drive a pure baseball fan bonkers. There are many interesting passages both on the Christy side and the history side, but I think the task Seib sets for himse ...more
Thomas
Mar 08, 2008 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good biography about Christy Mathewson - one of the underrated baseball greats. I've always been a fan of baseball history, but hadn't read much about turn of the century (1890-1910) players. It is written pretty straightforward. Worth the read to any historical baseball fan.
Monte Lamb
May 25, 2011 Monte Lamb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book takes baseball, Christy Mathewson specifically, American culture, and American History during the first years of the 20th century and show how they were inter-related. It is an excellent book.
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