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MATTY: An Evening with Christy Mathewson | [Eddie Frierson]

MATTY: An Evening with Christy Mathewson

The script for the universally acclaimed one person play written by Eddie Frierson and based on the life and writings of Baseball Hall of Fame and New York Giants Pitching legend Christy Mathewson. In a time when Giants walked the earth and roamed the Polo Grounds, none was more honored than than the great Christy Mathewson - the quiet, educated man who lifted the then rowdy world of baseball into gentlemanliness.
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The script for the universally acclaimed one person play written by Eddie Frierson and based on the life and writings of Baseball Hall of Fame and New York Giants Pitching legend Christy Mathewson.

In a time when Giants walked the earth and roamed the Polo Grounds, none was more honored than the great Christy Mathewson - the quiet, educated man who lifted the then rowdy world of baseball into gentlemanliness. A scholar, athlete and soldier, Mathewson was the man who changed the game of baseball and the course of our nation in the first decade of the last century.

MATTY was produced by Black Bags Three Productions and performed by Eddie Frierson in Times Square at the Lambs Theatre in 1996. It was directed by Kerrigan Mahan. Eddie Frierson continues to perform the show around the country.

©1996 Eddie Frierson (P)2014 Eddie Frierson

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    Holden Caulfield New York City 03-24-14
    Holden Caulfield New York City 03-24-14

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    What was one of the most memorable moments of MATTY?

    Actually, it was a series of moments: John McGraw's relationship with Christy Mathewson. McGraw was awed by NObody. Until Matty.


    Which character – as performed by Eddie Frierson – was your favorite?

    Charley "Victory" Faust. When I saw this show in New York, Frierson imbued Faust with so many visual quirks that I wondered if it was going to work as well on audio. It does.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I DID listen to it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Like the recording of Hal Holbrook's "Mark Twain Tonight," this one's a keeper. It's also a worthy competitor to Mark Harris' "The Southpaw," which I still think is the best novel ever written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe PFLUGERVILLE, TX, United States 03-22-14
    Joe PFLUGERVILLE, TX, United States 03-22-14
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    "A perfect game"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlie Faust, because he exemplifies the pure spirit of the time.


    What about Eddie Frierson’s performance did you like?

    The distinct voices that matched the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    A great story with drama, humor and ultimately, tragedy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly L. Smith 05-28-14
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    "Great Experience"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will absolutely recommend this to friends. The book flowed very well. I could really feel like I was seated in the audience of the live show.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matty is an exceptional man. He's in the Baseball Hall of Fame but should be in Life's Hall of Fame as well!


    Have you listened to any of Eddie Frierson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was my first experience listing to Mr. Frierson but it certainly will not be my last.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Matty the Legend Comes Alive.


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    Dianne 04-15-14
    Dianne 04-15-14
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    "Great fun! Well worth the listen. Super voices!"
    What did you love best about MATTY?

    Very unique recreation of the past ... the stories were told by the players and participants themselves :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enjoyed the story about Charlie. But of course, my favorite character was Christy Mathewson himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Each scene was unique in its own way.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was touched at many points by the poignant messages subtly shared by the many characters


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the brevity and enthusiasm of the audiobook. Very, very well performed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri Louisville, co, United States 03-26-14
    Cheri Louisville, co, United States 03-26-14
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    "Just Batty for Matty"
    Where does MATTY rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the number one audiobook I have ever listened to! Ok, this is the first audiobook I've ever listened to but I was pleasantly surprised. I love to read and did not think I would like to hear someone else's voice in my head. But I really did! Not only is Frierson's voice easy on the ears, his obvious love for his subject matter is a feel good thing to be around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The warmth and humor he brought to the plate was like curling up with a warm & fussy. I felt like I had gone back in time to a kinder, gentler world.


    Have you listened to any of Eddie Frierson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never heard Eddie Frierson on tape before.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved hearing him go from one personality to another.


    Any additional comments?

    A must see/hear for baseball fans and a feel good for anyone who needs to de-stress from today's too harried world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey CEDAR PARK, TEXAS, United States 03-25-14
    Stacey CEDAR PARK, TEXAS, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Hey People! Who's the looney now?!"
    If you could sum up MATTY in three words, what would they be?

    Greatest story ever.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved everything about this story, but my absolute favorite part is about Charlie Faust. Charlie's love of the game, innocence, and genuine sincerity is infectious. When he finally gets to play ball, the tears roll every time.


    What about Eddie Frierson’s performance did you like?

    I love all of the different characters and personalities that Eddie brings to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    If you do not have a reaction to this book, you are not human. Personally, I laughed and cried throughout the entire book. The stories and emotions that each character evokes makes you feel like you are right there experiencing life with them.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this highly entertaining and moving book about the life of Christy Mathewson, not only the greatest, but the best looking pitcher in the history of baseball. I have been fortunate to have seen the play this book is based on six times and was able to visualize the story as I listened to it, which made it that much better. I never miss an opportunity to see the play and would highly recommend seeing it to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie38 03-25-15
    Eddie38 03-25-15

    Eddie is an avid listener of all sorts of audio books. He is a voracious reader AND listener. Not just best sellers, he likes to experiment.

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    "PHENOMENAL!"

    The title of this review sums it up in one word. What an amazing man Christy Mathewson was. Who knew?

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