Coming back from World War with tuberculosis, Matty died prematurely in 1925 but he is not forgotten. He was in 1936 the fourth of the first five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Hame and the only one who was then posthumously recognized. The glory of the three champions ahead of him in this inaugural vote is immense and indisputable : Ty Cobb followed by Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner tying.
Professional since 1900 with the New York Giants, the gentle Matty used to disperse his equipment at the end of season as gifts to family and friends. A bat used by him in 1905 has been faithfully preserved in the same family until 2013. Matty was not a batter and bats related to his career are extremely rare. It was sold for $ 220K including premium by Goldin on July 31, 2015.
On August 27 in Dallas, Heritage sells a game used jersey of Mathewson that had remained in the descent of one of his cousinsuntil 1992. The inscriptions were cleaned but remain partially legible. Along with the details of the garment, they allow to date it unquestionably to 1904. One of the earliest pictures in the Conlon archives supports this date.
An undershirt and a belt worn by the champion have locally discolored the garment which is otherwise in very good condition. The auction house considers that baseball jerseys used in game before 1920 are very scarce and this example comes from a champion who had been outstanding both socially and sportingly. It is offered with a guide value of $ 400K, lot 80036.