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John J. McGraw says: “My astonishment at finding Christy Mathewson on first base for the Giants when I took charge of the team late in 1902 can well be imagined. To-day it would be a shock. Of course I had seen Matty before I saw him playing on the bag. To me he was pretty nearly the perfect type of a great pitching machine. He had the stature and strength and he had tremendous speed. That speed was the thing everybody talked about then. As yet he had not begun to study pitching as an art.”

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