|NetShrine Discussion Forum NDF Archives NDF's 4th Year - 2004 Hardball Study Hall ... PDA View Full Version : The player: Christy Mathewson, Baseball, and the American Century Craig S. 01-19-2004, 10:03 PM I guess this would be considered a biography, although it's more about Mathewson's place in his society than it is a straight biographical account of his life. Either way, it's a great tribute to an incredible pitcher and person, and it makes a quick and satisfying read. |
Very little is given about Matty's childhood and development. For that matter, much of his professional career is covered in broad strokes, with a few pages in some cases covering more than one season. Instead, Philip Seib examines Mathewson's beliefs and personality, setting them against the backdrop of society. The discussion often strays from Matty, touching presidents from Teddy Roosevelt to Woodrow Wilson, and other athletes like Eddie Grant and Hobey Baker.
This isn't the book to read if you're looking for a definitive bio of Matty. However, it's an excellent tribute to the man, and I'd definitely recommend it. And speaking of definitive bios, I don't know that one exists for Mathewson. I'm not sure how comprehensive Ray Robinson's book was, and Matty seems like a prime subject for such a work. pathogan 01-20-2004, 08:37 AM