Christy Mathewson's Marching Orders
Mathewson was born in 1880 in Factoryville, PA
and died in 1925 in Saranac Lake, NY. He pitched
from 1900 to 1916, and is considered one of the
four or five greatest pitchers of all-time. With
373 victories and a 2.13 ERA to go with his clean
living ways, Mathewson was the idol of millions.
He was one of the five original members elected
to the Hall of Fame in 1939 (along with Babe Ruth,
Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner).
While working in a chemical lab in France during
World War I, he was exposed to a poisonous gas
that severely damaged his lungs. In 1925, at the
age of 45, Mathewson contracted tuberculosis,
a direct result of his exposure to those chemicals,
and died. These are Mathewson's orders to report
for duty in the Great War that ultimately took
his life, seven years after the war's end.