The Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Series presents the Smash Hit Off-Broadway Show direct from Times Square! Santa Monica Playhouse is delighted and proud to welcome Eddie Frierson’s Matty back to our boards for three shows only. Baseball fan or not, you definitely want to see this show. Written and performed by Eddie Frierson, Matty is the life story of Christy Mathewson, legendary hall-of-fame pitcher for the New York Giants (1900 to 1916), gentleman, philosopher and first true American hero who inspired a whole generation of fans to make baseball America’s pastime. Mathewson was arguably America’s first major baseball legend – a college-educated all-American farm boy from baseball’s age of innocence, a multi-faceted baseball player with homespun wit. Besides his ballpark records, still among the most impressive ever posted, he was an author of books for boys, toured in vaudeville, made a motion picture, and was a war hero, a coach, a sports writer and very likely the first major sports figure to be a product spokesperson.