PODCAST: BOB GAINES

Bob Gaines is the author of Christy Mathewson, the Christian Gentleman: How One Man’s Faith and Fastball Forever Changed Baseball. The book is a fascinating look at Mathewson’s personal and professional career.

Gaines shares how Mathewson’s faith and character were put to the test in the world of professional sports. The book reveals new information on Mathewson’s childhood and college years not documented by other sports historians—information discovered by the author in Christy Mathewson’s hometown, the churches he attended, and college archives.

As Amazon notes:

Nearly a century after his final major league appearance, Christy Mathewson is still considered one of the greatest right-handed pitchers in the history of baseball. Mathewson ranks in the top ten among pitchers for wins, shutouts, and ERA, and in 1936 he was honored as one of the inaugural members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Playing in the early twentieth century, Mathewson was the nation’s first All-American hero, a man of Christianity inspiring the values of millions while bringing dignity to a game that had previously been reserved for rougher characters.

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