Christy Mathewson, American Athlete ( August 12, 1880 - October 7, 1925 )

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Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile.~Christy Mathewson

Sports Baseball Evil

Anybody's best pitch is the one the batters ain't hitting that day.~Christy Mathewson

Best Day Hitting

You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.~Christy Mathewson

Learn Victory Defeat

A young ballplayer looks on his first spring training trip as a stage struck young woman regards the theater.~Christy Mathewson

Spring Woman Training

If you've ever been around a group of actors, you've noticed, no doubt, that they can talk of nothing else under the sun but acting. It's exactly the same way with baseball players. Your heart must be in your work.~Christy Mathewson

Work Baseball Sun

I owe everything I have to them when I'm out there on the mound. But I owe the fans nothing and they owe me nothing when I am not pitching.~Christy Mathewson

I Am Me Nothing

A boy cannot begin playing ball too early. I might almost say that while he is still creeping on all fours he should have a bouncing rubber ball.~Christy Mathewson

Early Boy Should

A pitcher is not a ballplayer.~Christy Mathewson

Ballplayer Pitcher