Christy Mathewson Days
Christy Mathewson Days
August 8th – 9th, 2014
This is our community’s weekend full of festivities in celebration of Christy Mathewson, born and raised in Factoryville, Pennsylvania, and one of the 5 original inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Noon - 5:00 pm Christy Mathewson Collection opens for the day.
7:00 p.m. –Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders vs. Columbus Clippers. Group tickets are available for $10 per person. Please call 945-8169 for tickets.
Saturday, August 9, 2014, Keystone College, La Plume PA
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Christy Mathewson Collection opens for the day – Gambal Gym Lobby
7:30 a.m. - Registration for the 1 mile fun run and the “Big 6″ K Run/Walk-College Green
8:00 a.m. - 1 Mile Fun Run – start/finish – College Green
8:30 a.m. - The “Big 6″ K Run/Walk – start/finish – College Green
9:00 a.m. - Awards presentation to race winners.
9-10 a.m. – Breakfast served for Run/Walk participants, courtesy of Keystone
College, College Green, La Plume PA.
4:30 p.m. Parade set-up, College Avenue main parking lot at Keystone College
5:00 p.m. Christy Mathewson Day Parade starts
CHRISTY MATHEWSON PARK, FACTORYVILLE
6:00 p.m. Parade ends at Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center
6:00 p.m. Celebration at Christy Mathewson Park, events include presentation of parade awards, music, games for adults and kids, food, refreshments, raffles, bountiful baskets, and fun for all ages.
6K runners getting lined up, August 13, 2011. (photo by Bre Reynolds photography)
Basket raffle sponsored by FWCL each year. (Photo by Bre Reynolds photography)
One mile fun run participants, 2011. (photo by Bre Reynolds photography)
Eddie Frierson as Christy speaks to the crowd at Christy Mathewson Park 2008.
Free breakfast offered for the run/walk and parade participants, courtesy of
Eddie Frierson as “Christy”, College Avenue, Factoryville
Some Information About Factoryville’s Christy
Birth name: Christopher Mathewson
Nicknames: Big Six, Matty
Birth date: August 12, 1880
Birth place: Factoryville, Pennsylvania
Death date: October 7, 1925
Death place: Saranac Lake, New York
Height: 6’1 1/2″
Weight: 195 lbs.
Athletic teams: New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds
Did you know?
- He was the most dominant pitcher during the first two decades of the 1900’s.
- His 373 career wins is third on the all-time list.
- He had a career winning percentage of .665 which is sixth best of all time.
- His career ERA was 2.13, which is fifth best of all time.
- During his 17 year career, he led the league in ERA five times.
- He pitched a record three shutouts in six days against the Philadelphia Athletics, leading the Giants to win in the 1905 World Series.
- From 1907 to 1911, his ERA was under a 2.00.
- In 15 full seasons of pitching, his ERA was above 3.00 only once.
- He led the league in wins four times, in strikeouts five times, and in shutouts four times.
- He won 20 games 13 times and 30 games 4 times.
- He won at least 20 games for 12 consecutive years (1903-1914).
- He is third on the all-time list for shutouts with 80.
- His best season was in 1908 when he led the league in wins (37), ERAs (1.43), games pitched (56), games started (44), complete games (34), innings pitched (390.2), strikeouts (259), and shutouts (12).
- Christy Mathewson had the most wins in Giant franchise history – 372 with 83 shutouts and over 2500 strikeouts.
- A man of high moral convictions and a great right arm, Mathewson was a posthumous member of the original Baseball Hall of Fame class of 1936.
Christy Mathewson was a college man, with a range of interests, who mowed down opposing hitters in his spare time. While at Bucknell University, Mathewson sang in the glee club, belonged to a literary society, played football and served as a model of clean living. On top of these achievements, Mathewson also wrote a series of children’s books. In a time when baseball was known for hard-living, hard-drinking baseball players, there was Christy Mathewson to prove that there was another way for athletes to live. He was the role model after whom every parent wanted their children to shape their lives.
On the mound, Mathewson was a fierce competitor who became arguably the most dominating pitcher of all time. During his illustrious 17-year career, he led the league in wins four times, won five strikeout titles, won 30 or more games four times, pitched four shutouts and ten complete games in World Series competition, and won 373 games in his career.
In 1936, he joined Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson as the first class of baseball Hall of Famers.
Information obtained from: http://www.christymathewson.com/cmcare.html