Friday, July 15, 2005

July 15th, 1901

Giants Play at Cardinals

On this day, the Giants' Christy Mathewson, then just in his second season in the big leagues, pitched a no-hitter. I won't be describing the game however, but something else. This no-hitter is an important element in the first chapter of what is not only my favorite baseball novel, but also, I believe, think the best baseball novel of all-time. That is The Celebrant by Eric Rolfe Greenberg. It has damn near everything, Mathewson and McGraw, life in America for the early twentieth century immigrants, the Black Sox, the trouble of family, all brilliantly written. The review, which in most cases is as inane as scoreboard trivia, puts it absolutely perfectly: “its adherents [are] virtual zealots; to them, reading the novel border[s] on having a religious experience.” Buy a copy today and have the experience for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

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