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

Philip Seib

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

The Player Christy Mathewson Baseball and the American Century Christy Mathewson was baseball s first superstar a beloved turn of the century pitcher who was among the initial group of five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame He also defined moral excell

  • Title: The Player: Christy Mathewson, Baseball, and the American Century
  • Author: Philip Seib
  • ISBN: 9781568583181
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Christy Mathewson was baseball s first superstar a beloved turn of the century pitcher who was among the initial group of five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame He also defined moral excellence, bridging sport and national culture at a time when pro ballplayers were perceived as louts, and was the first to bring respectability to the game This is a thoughtfulChristy Mathewson was baseball s first superstar a beloved turn of the century pitcher who was among the initial group of five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame He also defined moral excellence, bridging sport and national culture at a time when pro ballplayers were perceived as louts, and was the first to bring respectability to the game This is a thoughtful and inspiring story of a singular American life that had a profound and lasting influence on our national identity.

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    One thought on “The Player: Christy Mathewson, Baseball, and the American Century

    1. bup on said:

      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 [...]

    2. Daniel DeLappe on said:

      An interesting book that could have been so much better. Interesting bits of information are brought up and then passed over. Worth the read if you are a baseball fan, but I wanted so much more

    3. Matt on said:

      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.

    4. Dominic Carlone on said:

      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 [...]

    5. Thomas on said:

      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.

    6. Monte Lamb on said:

      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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