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My All-Time Baseball Team

Starting Pitcher: Christy Mathewson

1900-1916, primarily for the New York Giants

Also known as “Matty”

373 career victories

2.13 career earned run average (ERA)

2,502 career strikeouts

2-time National League pitching triple crown winner (wins, ERA, strikeouts)

4-time NL wins leader

5-time NL ERA leader

5-time NL strikeout leader

Pitched 2 no-hitters

World Series champion in 1905

Pitched 3 complete game shutouts in the 1905 World Series, allowing a mere 14 hits

Inducted into Baseball hall of Fame in 1936 as part of the inaugural class that included Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, and Walter Johnson

Named to Baseball’s All-Century Team in 1999

Ranked in 1999 #7 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players (highest ranked pitcher)

ESPN ranked his feats in the 1905 World Series as the greatest playoff performance of all time

Insisted on enlisting into the United States Army for World War One. In France, he was accidentally gassed during a chemical training exercise and contracted tuberculosis. He died of the illness in 1925 at the age of 45.

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

SP: Christy Mathewson