The Player by Philip Seib
Christy Mathewson, Baseball, and the American Century

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Christy Mathewson (1880-1925) was baseball's first superstar pitcher who still ranks among the all-time leaders in wins, earned run average, and shutouts. Mathewson was in the first group elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, with Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson. At a time when professional ballplayers were regarded as hard-living rogues, Matty was a soft-spoken college boy who espoused clean living and did more than any other athlete to elevate the place of sports in American life. Parents longed for their children to model their lives after his. He even wrote children's books to help instill the values of hard work and determination. With a diverse cast of characters including Teddy Roosevelt, Edith Wharton and Scott Fitzgerald, The Player is an exciting, cinematic evocation of a singular American life — and what that life means today. Photographs are featured.

About Philip Seib

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Philip Seib is the Lucius W. Nieman Professor of Journalism at Marquette University, where he focuses on international news coverage, media ethics, and new technologies. He is also the director of Marquette's Nieman Symposia, which examine current journalism issues. Seib is the author of "Headline Diplomacy: How News Coverage Affects Foreign Policy; Taken for Granted: the Future of U.S.-British Relations; Going Live: Getting the News Right in a Real-time, Online World; The Global Journalist: News and Conscience in a World of Conflict;" and other books. Seib is also a veteran print and television journalist.
Published August 31, 2003 by Da Capo Press. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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