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Friday, October 26, 2018

Did Baseball Great Christy Mathewson Die of Chemical Warfare?

Was the death of baseball great Christy Mathewson at age 45 partly a result of exposure to poisonous gas in October or November 1918 in France, while serving in the same Chemical Warfare Service unit of future fellow Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Branch Rickey?

Two months after (Mathewson’s) death, Maj. Gen. Amos A. Fries, the second head of the CWS, was said by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to be “of the opinion that war gas did not cause or hasten tuberculosis but in fact actually prevented it.”

He then went on to explain that the moon is made of cheese….

 

 

Mike Webber Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, hall of fame, military service, sabr, ty cobb

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-9-2018

Washington Herald, October 9, 1918:

Capt. Christy Mathewson of the Chemical Warfare Service, U.S.A., has arrived in France, according to authentic information from private sources and has been sent to a training school for instructors.

It has been said and written that Capt. Mathewson and other ball players from here who joined the colors later than others will meet with cool receptions by the boys who have been on the firing line.
...
Surely, Capt. Mathewson ought not to be criticized. As soon as he could make arrangements he did not hesitate to go “over there,” and he has selected a branch of the service that is considered one of the most dangerous that he could have picked out.

Yep. Sigh.

Also in the news 100 years ago, the owners are trying to figure out what the heck to do about the reserve clause. Teams were obligated to mail contracts to players no later than February 1 for delivery no later than March 1, but you can’t exactly expect a guy to deal with contract issues while he’s in a trench in the Argonne Forest with bullets whizzing past his head.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 09, 2018 at 10:15 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, dugout, history, world war i

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2018

Washington Times, September 25, 1918:

Christy Mathewson has very likely ended his baseball days. It is whispered that he means to continue in the army, even after Heinie quits.
...
He took a commission in the chemical warfare division of the army and will do all in his power to stifle the Huns. If he sticks to the army it will be baseball’s loss and the army’s gain in every way imaginable.

It’ll also be a loss in ways nobody possibly could have imagined.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2018 at 10:23 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, dugout, history, world war i

 

 

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