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Robert T. Mathews

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"Bob Matthews depended solely on a slow-raise ball, and for years was the most effective pitcher in the country." - Tim Murnane, writing in 1892

Bobby Mathews was the first pitcher in Major League history. He won a 2-0 victory in the National Association's May 4, 1871 opener between Cleveland and Fort Wayne.

Mathews pitched prior to the existence of the National Association, with a team called the Baltimore Marylands. He then spent five years in the National Association, five years in the National League, and five years in the American Association.

Mathews is one of the greatest pitchers who is not in the Hall of Fame, winning 297 from 1871 onwards. That doesn't count his victories in amateur ball before 1871.

He served as an umpire in the National Association (1871 and 1873-1875); the National League (1876, 1880 and 1882); the American Association (1888 and 1891); and the Players League (1890).

Toward the end of his life he worked in the employ of Joe Start at Start's roadhouse.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NA ERA Leader (1874)
  • 2-time NL Saves Leader (1879 & 1881)
  • NA Innings Pitched Leader (1875)
  • 2-time NA Strikeouts Leader (1872 & 1873)
  • NA Complete Games Leader (1875)
  • 2-time NA Shutouts Leader (1871 & 1874)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 8 (1872-1876 & 1883-1885)
  • 30 Wins Seasons: 4 (1874 & 1883-1885)
  • 40 Wins Seasons: 1 (1874)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 9 (1872-1876 & 1882-1885)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 8 (1872-1876 & 1883-1885)
  • 400 Innings Pitched Seasons: 7 (1872-1876, 1884 & 1885)
  • 500 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1874-1876)
  • 600 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1875)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 3 (1883-1885)

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