June 13, 1905: In one of the best pitching duels of all time Christy Mathewson and the New York Giants came to Chicago with a game lead in 1st place, leading the Cubs by 10 games. The Giants & Cubs had quite a rivalry in those early days of the 20th century.
On this day, Mathewson went head to head with "Three Finger" Mordecai Brown, the ace of the Cubs staff.
Both pitchers would keep no hitters into the 9th inning. Mathewson had allowed no runs, no hits & no walks on the mound. But the Giants short stop; Bill Dahlen committed two errors, allowing two Cubs to reach base.
In the top of the 9th inning, the Giants finally got to Brown getting two hits & scoring a run. It was all Matty needed as he completed his second career no hitter.
Matty would go on to win a league leading 31 games that season against only 9 losses. It was his 3rd straight season winning 30 or more games. He also led the NL in ERA (1.28) & strike outs (208) earning him the pitchers triple crown.
The New York Giants went on to win the World Series that year and Matty had maybe the best week a pitcher ever had, throwing three complete game shutouts in the World Series. He became one of baseballs 1st true idols, a good Christian man who never did any wrong, except shutting out opposing teams.
Seven years later 1912, Christy Mathewson won his 300th career game as the New York Giants beat the Chicago Cubs at the Polo Grounds 3-2. That year Matty would go 23-12 with a 2.12 ERA, leading the Giants to another World Series although they lost to the Boston Red Sox. Mathewson would win 373 games in his career, third best all time.