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“A perfect pitch! Pure Virtuosity!” – Clive Barnes, New York Post.
Just in time for baseball season, the Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit series in association with the Mathewson Foundation presents a special two performance home series of Eddie Frierson’s widely acclaimed theatrical show. “One of the Year’s Ten Best Plays! Whether you are a baseball fan or not, Eddie Frierson’s play, “MATTY: An Evening With Christy Mathewson,” is a superb theatrical experience. MATTY hits a home run! — National Public Radio (NPR)
“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.
“It’s 100% true that you don’t have to be a baseball fan to be completely engaged by Eddie Frierson’s performance. He leaves the audience with a real appreciation of Christy Mathewson, and the place and time in which he was an authentic hero. On the other hand, if you are a baseball fan, you will be amazed at how much you didn’t know about “Matty,” his contemporaries, and the dramatic baseball events of their time.” — Bob Costas, NBC
“A magnificent trip back in time! I recommend it highly!” — Keith Olbermann, ESPN
”Remarkable! This show is as memorable as an exciting World Series game and it wakes up the echoes about why we love baseball. When MATTY comes to your town don’t miss it! A great way to get hooked on baseball again!”
“Charming! Amusing! Great!” Wilborn Hampton, The New York Times
Tickets are $20 for all seats – proceeds support the Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Campaign.