Christopher "Big Six" Mathewson was part of the famous "First Five" inductees voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. The others were Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner. Keith Olbermann is an American journalist and baseball fanatic / historian.

The Greatest Cooperstown Find: Olbermann on Mathewson

I was checking a source this week on a baseball story and came across Keith Olbermann’s August 5th, 2009, MLBlogs Network story on “The Greatest Cooperstown Find,” part of his Baseball Nerd presentations on MLB.com.

Keith Olbermann is now with Current TV, and is one of America’s most brilliant and provocative journalists. He is also a great baseball fan, and a tireless researcher of America’s most iconic pastime.

On a visit to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N. Y., Olbermann received special permission to browse through some of the photographic archives, and discovered… “the picture.” It was a photo of the “Big Six,” Christy Mathewson, delivering a pitch to a Philadelphia Athletics batter in the 1911 World Series.

Christopher "Big Six" Mathewson was part of the famous "First Five" inductees voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. The others were Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner. Keith Olbermann is an American journalist and baseball fanatic / historian.

Christopher "Big Six" Mathewson was part of the famous "First Five" inductees voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. The others were Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner. Keith Olbermann is an American journalist and baseball fanatic / historian.

I have always been in awe of Mathewson, and have done considerable research on him. I was fortunate to share conversations with the great Cy Williams in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, about what it was like to face the star of the New York Giants. I am also credited as a source on a story about Matty in Mike Huber’s book on the history of baseball at West Point, titled West Point’s Field of Dreams (Vermont Heritage Press, 2004). Then Lieutenant Colonel James C. Flowers assisted in preparing my Mathewson story.

Source: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Source: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, N.Y.

I wanted to share with you Keith Olbermann’s story on “The Greatest Cooperstown Find.” Olbermann is a walking treasure trove of stories on the history of baseball.

Hope you enjoy the read!

Here is the original article by Keith Olbermann for MLB.com (August 5, 2009).

 

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