Christy Mathewson: The Christian Gentleman

Christy Mathewson - The Christian Gentleman

Once, in the ninth inning of a game against the Cubs, the great Christy Mathewson looked into his fine-fielding catcher, the Californian Chief Meyers, for the sign. Suddenly, Meyers called “Time!”, jumped up and headed to the mound. “What’s the matter?”, asked Mathewson. “Skip wants a double-play ball,” responded Meyers. Mathewson glanced toward the dugout […]

MLB Record For Shutouts In A Season

Grover Cleveland Alexander

Grover Cleveland Alexander, the only 4-time winner of pitching’s Triple Crown (Wins, Ks, and ERA), holds the Major League record for shutouts in a season, since 1893, with 16 for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1916. Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia Athletics (1910) and Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals (1968) recorded 13 shutouts apiece. […]

Most Career 1-0 Pitching Wins

Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson, “The Big Train”, has 38 career 1-0 wins. That is more than double his nearest competitor. Number two on this list is Grover Cleveland Alexander with 17 1-0 wins. Alexander is the only pitcher with 4 pitching Triple Crown seasons. Bert Blyleven is next with 15 career 1-0 victories. Christy Mathewson, “Big Six” […]

AL MVP 2011: Justin Verlander

In 2011, Verlander became the first Tiger since Bill Gullickson in 1991 to win 20 games, and the first big leaguer since Curt Schilling (2002) to reach 20 wins before the end of August.

Well, here we go again. The argument for infinity. Is it legitimate to award a pitcher the Most Valuable Player trophy, particularly the AL MVP 2011? There are as many arguments for–as against–this premise. Monday, November 21st, 2011, saw the best pitcher on the planet, the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander, win the AL MVP Award, […]