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.
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 . 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.
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!
“The figure in the middle of the diamond is Christy Mathewson, and what he is doing couldn’t have surprised me more than if the slide showed that he had his 2009 Lamborghini parked behind home plate. He is clearly delivering at one of those moments when he would have advised the kids to throw as hard as they could. He is firing. And his delivery is precisely that of the modern power pitcher. His frame, 6′ 1-1/2″, is so low to the ground that the back knee is nearly touching it. He is in classic fireballer position, as aware of the physics of pitching as anybody who has followed him.”