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No-Hitters, Perfect Games, and History

Tim Lincecum pitched his second No Hitter on June 25, 2014. It was as exciting to watch as the first one, especially since the Giants have been going through a rough stretch in the season. We’ll have to wait and see if this was the spark that ignites the team on their way to their ultimate victory.

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The last Giants pitcher to pitch two no-hitters  was Christy Mathewson. Not Kristi Mathews’ son, who once played second base while his teammate pitched a perfect game in Little League.

Christy Mathewson was a Hall Of Famer who pitched 17 years, most with the New York Giants.Known as “Big Six,” “Matty,” or “The Christian Gentleman,” he had a career ERA of 2.13, 372 wins, 83 shutouts, and 2,502 strikeouts. He also threw two no-hitters, in 1901 and 1905. The Giants went on to win the World Series against the Athletics in 1905.

Mathewson was known for his control both on and off the field. He once pitched 68 innings without giving up a walk. He never argued with the umpires, never played on Sundays, and he married his college sweetheart. He also wrote a children’s book called Second Base Sloan.

“In a time when baseball was known for hard-living, hard-drinking baseball players, there was Christy Mathewson to prove that there was another way for athletes to live. He was the role model after whom every parent wanted their children to shape their lives. ” From http://www.christymathewson.com

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Mathewson was one of the players I modeled Johnny Scottsdale, the hero of Better Than Perfect, after.

Pitcher Johnny “The Monk” Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All-star and has a perfect game to his credit. Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp. Except the camp is run by the one woman he can’t forget…the woman who made him a “monk.”

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Author of Contemporary Romance. Wife. Mother. Educator. Sports fan. And I once trained to be a model, but I don't look like one. Most days I don't even wear makeup.

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