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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Mathewson reaches 300-win milestone
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

June 13, 1912

Christy Mathewson, the New York Giants' brilliant right-hander, is the first pitcher to win 300 games all in the 20th century. He reaches the milestone with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at New York's Brush Stadium.

The victory doesn't come easy as Tommy Leach leads off the Cubs' ninth with a triple. But Leach, the tying run, never reaches home. The 31-year-old Mathewson retires Ward Miller on a comebacker, strikes out Vic Saier, and then leaps to grab Johnny Evers' smash and throws him out.

Mathewson joined the Giants in 1900, but didn't win a game in six appearances that season. From 1901 through 1914, Mathewson will win at least 20 games 13 times, including four seasons of at least 30 wins. He will retire in 1916 with 363 victories.

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