One of the greatest pitchers in baseball history grew up less than ten miles from our home and studio. Christy Mathewson was born at Factoryville PA on August 12, 1880. At age 14 he started pitching for the town team and continued in semi-pro baseball throughout high school. During college summers he played in the minor leagues and made the Major Leagues by the age of 20. “Matty” played primarily for the NY Giants, changing the image of baseball by his gentlemanly nature, and also managed the Cincinnati Reds. Mathewson pitched three shut-outs to lead the Giants to the 1905 World Series championship. With 373 career wins, he holds the National League record. In 1936, eleven years after his death, Mathewson was one of the First Five players to be inaugurated into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 2007 Jay was contacted by the current owners of the house in Factoryville where Mathewson had lived. They wanted a stained glass window depicting the beloved pitcher to hang in the historic house. Jay was pleased to visit the house and design a window depicting Mathewson winding up for his “fadeaway” ball. That summer Jay fabricated the stained glass panel and installed it a couple weeks before the great man’s birthday.
The small community of Factoryville continues to honor their famous native son every year around the time of his birthday. Christy Matthewson Days are August 9 & 10 this year.
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