LEWISBURG, Pa. – Christy Mathewson, a member of Bucknell University's Class of 1902, was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural veterans class Wednesday, July 4, in Lubbock, Texas.
Bucknell's most famous athlete was not only one of the pre-eminent athletes of his era, but he helped dispel the popular notion at the time that elite sportsmen could not also be well-educated gentlemen.
Mathewson left Bucknell in 1901 to pursue his burgeoning baseball career, going on to help the New York Giants win four pennants during his 14-year tenure with the club. His performance in the 1905 World Series against the Philadelphia Athletics is still considered one of the most remarkable pitching feats of all time. He pitched three shutouts in a five-day span to lead the Giants to the title.
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Posted July 2, 2007