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Christy Mathewson pitched for 16 years in the early part of the 20th century, and he was so dominant that he's still near the top of the list of all-time great pitchers. He won 373 games (third all time), threw 79 shutouts (third all time), and had a career 2.13 ERA (eighth all time). He pitched two no-hitters and won a championship in 1905. He was also part of the Baseball Hall of Fame's first class of inductees. A couple years after retiring, Mathewson managed the Reds. But in 1918, as America entered World War I, he enlisted in the Army. Like Ty Cobb, he served in the Chemical Corps. But during training, Mathewson was accidentally gassed. This led to him contracting tuberculosis, an illness that ultimately led to his death in 1925.

Text: Dante A. Ciampaglia
Photo: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library/MLB Photos via Getty Images

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